The Parables and The Pandemic: Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?

The Sower, Vincent van Gogh Copyright: www.bridgemanart.com Original: https://krollermuller.nl/en/vincent-van-gogh-the-sower Saturday, May 2nd Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,…

Gifts of Light

By Daniel Zamora Isaiah 9:2-3 Increase your Joy and Rejoice! Have you ever tried to walk in the darkness, at least a few steps to reach the closest light switch or perhaps when the power is out during a big storm, and are trying to reach your cell phone or any other source of light? We…

Light in the Darkness

By Dena Dalton Psalm 63:1-8 “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you…” I am partial to Christmas Eve. We attend church. We have our Christmas dinner. We stay up late watching old movies, listening to music and wrapping last minute gifts. We celebrate European traditions and sneak around putting candy outside each other’s…

The S-L-S of Worship

By Erica Hanchey Psalm 27 In Psalm 27, David calls upon his experiences of strife, war, and fear in the face of his enemies. He expresses, through prayer and song, his heartfelt desire to worship, even in the midst of war, personal battles, and fear. It isn’t just David’s experience.  It is the experience of…

We Rejoice Together

By Lance Mayes Joy seems elusive at times; sometimes non-existent for long stretches of me. Such is the case for Israel. These were dark times. No joy. No hope. No way out of the mess they were in. Captivity was no fun for God’s chosen people. Where are you, God? Many of us today can…

Wonderful Gift

Gina Garrison Luke 2:11‐14 What a spectacle those shepherds witnessed the night Jesus was born! Picture them out on the hills, minding the flock, perhaps chatting among themselves. Suddenly the entire sky was filled with light! The light of heaven, the glory of God, blazed down on them. Maybe they stood in astonishment, looking at…

God’s Steadfast Love Endures Forever

By Ed Twedt Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 What a beautiful psalm. It divides easily into three parts. Verses 1 through 4 are about community, verses 5 through 21 are about the individual, and verses 22 through 29 are about the worshipping community. The psalm also uses the personal name of God (YHWH) 28 times within its…