Posts with the category “liturgical-calendar”
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
June 14th, 2023
As Peter prepared to wrap up his sermon on Pentecost, the crowd wondered what to do and how to respond to all that Peter had said about Jesus and His death and resurrection. They seemed t...
Monday, June 12, 2023
June 12th, 2023
In Acts 2, following the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Peter preached to the crowd that had assembled in Jerusalem. His sermon was an impassioned call to faith in Christ. Appar...
Thursday, May 25, 2023
May 25th, 2023
Following the foot washing in John 13, Judas departed from Jesus and the rest of the disciples to do his deeds of darkness and betrayal. Attention next turned to Peter once again. Peter a...
Thursday, April 6, 2023
April 6th, 2023
It was an innocent dinner party that we read about in John 12:1-11. And quite a party it was. It is not every day that you get to eat with someone who has been raised from the dead. And i...
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
April 5th, 2023
When we read John 13:21-32, two words stand out for us in this gospel reading…betrayal and denial. They are siblings. They are two roads that take you to the same place. Jesus was on th...
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
April 4th, 2023
As you probably know, there is a danger in leaving wood exposed to the elements of weather like sun and rain. Wood can easily weaken and suffer weather damage when exposed to the elements. ...
April 3, 2023
April 3rd, 2023
I recently read a health-related story about six ways to keep your brain sharp and active. These six ways are...learn a musical instrument, take up a foreign language, juggling, tango danci...
Thursday, March 30, 2023
March 30th, 2023
Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ final and triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Matthew, Mark and Luke record this moment in Jesus’ life. The Lord is welcomed with affection, acclaim and adorati...
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
March 8th, 2023
The prophet Isaiah had much to say about both the first and second coming of Christ. In chapter forty-two, he depicted Christ as “the Servant of the LORD.” He said that the Father “deligh...
Monday, April 18, 2022
April 18th, 2022
All four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, give an account of Jesus’ resurrection. Each one offers some different perspective and detail. But when we bring the accounts together, w...
Maundy Thursday, April 14, 2022
April 14th, 2022
It was a grim night. It was a disturbing night. It was a confusing night. Grim because death was in the air and everyone seemed to sense that nothing would ever be the same again. Disturbi...
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
April 13th, 2022
In some Bibles, Psalm 70 is called a petition. And it is. By my count, there are at least nine different petitions or pleas in this one chapter. David was asking the LORD to go to work o...
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
April 12th, 2022
Across his sixty-six chapters, Isaiah had much to say about the condition of the world and God’s plans to bring renewal and salvation. God’s plans would certainly include the redemption o...
Monday, April 11, 2022
April 11th, 2022
This Holy Week is a story of faithfulness. The Father was faithful to create a plan to save the world and to redeem the world from sin and slavery. The Son was faithful to carry out the Fat...
Thursday, April 7, 2022
April 7th, 2022
God knows the future. I do not. You do not. But God knows what was, what is and what will be. Coming events do not catch the Lord by surprise. Past, present and future are all clear an...
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
April 6th, 2022
In chapter nine of his gospel, Luke recorded Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand. The actual number was likely even higher because Luke 9:14 recorded that the number five thousand represent...
Thursday, December 16, 2021
December 16th, 2021
There is a poem or writing that I always enjoy this time of year. Each Advent season, I return to the words of Dr. James Allan Francis who wrote “One Solitary Life.” This poem is Dr. Fran...
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
December 15th, 2021
We all know from the Christmas story that Joseph was chosen by God to be the earthly father of Jesus. Imagine being that man! Joseph was bewildered, overwhelmed even, by what God was askin...
Monday, December 13, 2021
December 13th, 2021
We often find God at work in unlikely places. And the Christmas story makes this truth abundantly clear to us. God was at work in an ordinary young woman like Mary and a simple carpenter li...
Thursday, December 9, 2021
December 9th, 2021
Christmas is a time for making memories. Christmas is also a time for remembering special moments and occasions. Traditions are often made when someone decides that something was so joyful ...
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
December 8th, 2021
The Bible opens with four powerful words—in the beginning God. Those four words, or six syllables, are the finest theology that you will find anywhere. Because God was in the beginning (and...
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
December 7th, 2021
A “No Vacancy” sign can send shivers up the spine of anyone who is in desperate need for a place to spend the night. I can recall making a long, late-night and early-morning trip of the east ...
Monday, December 6, 2021
December 6th, 2021
At our live nativity scene on Saturday night, a number of people noticed the bright and compelling star in the sky that seemed to be directly centered over the scene itself. Whether it was ...
Thursday, December 2, 2021
December 2nd, 2021
John’s Gospel presents a distinctly different look at Jesus than the other three gospel accounts. While Matthew and Luke begin with words about genealogy, Joseph, Mary and Jesus’ birth and...
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
December 1st, 2021
Preparation is an important word in the Advent season. It is part of our Christmas lexicon. It seems almost like a command. We are to prepare our minds, hearts and lives for the coming of Jesus. T...
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
November 30th, 2021
Christmas comes every year And Christmas is new every year. It arrives at precisely the same time—December 25th. But Christmas is an old story. There are hundreds of Old Testament prophecies about...
Monday, November 29, 2021
November 29th, 2021
We now find ourselves in the early days of the Advent season—a season of anticipation and waiting as we prepare to celebrate the coming of Jesus. Advent also reminds us that He will come a...
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