2 Timothy 2:1-2 Grace It Forward

2 Timothy 2:1-2 Grace It Forward You may have heard of the expression “pay it forward.” “Pay it forward” is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor. It is a rather old idea. Pay it forward was used as a key element [Read More…]

The 5 Don’ts of the Call of God

The 5 Don’ts of the Call of God January 10, 2017 Year A Jeremiah 1:4-10 When God calls you to serve Him, you don’t say no. In the first chapter of Jeremiah, we are introduced to the call of God on Jeremiah’s like. Like Exodus 3, we see that God calls out a man to [Read More…]

Luke 15:1-32 The Priority of Reaching the Lost

Luke 15:1-32 The Priority of Reaching the Lost In these three parables, we see the importance God places is reaching the lost. In the first parable, a shepherd has 100 sheep. He loses one and leaves the other 99 to go after the one. In the second parable, a woman has 10 coins. She loses [Read More…]

5 Positive Prayers to Pray for the Government

5 Positive Prayers to Pray for the Government January 6, 2017 Year A Psalm 72:1-20 In this psalm, we have a positive prayer for the leader of Israel. We see that David prayed for the new king Solomon. David had spent the latter part of his kingship and life preparing his son Solomon to take [Read More…]

Hebrews 4:14-16 Increasing My Confidence in My Conversation with God

Hebrews 4:14-16 Increasing My Confidence in My Conversation with God All Christians struggle with two crucial areas that will make or break us in the Christian life: perseverance in times of trial; and, prayer. As you know, they are connected. A vital prayer life is essential to endure trials. In other words, in order to [Read More…]

I Will Remind People of God’s Love

I Will Remind People of God’s Love January 1, 2017 Year A Isaiah 63:7-9 It’s another New Year’s Day. Typically, people make resolutions for the new year. They make a plan about bad habits to quit, weight to lose, and projects to complete. I have none of these. Instead, I have one thing I plan [Read More…]

The Comforting Ways of God

The Comforting Ways of God December 28, 2016 Year A Isaiah 49:13-23 The writer of Isaiah states that everyone should shout for joy because God has comforted His people and He will have compassion on them (Isaiah 49:13). Then the people (noted by the word Zion) state: God has abandoned and forgotten me (Isaiah 49:14). [Read More…]

#PrayforCarrie – Sharing Prayer Requests in the Digital Age

#PrayforCarrie – Sharing Prayer Requests in the Digital Age A long time ago in a galaxy far far away there lived a princess. Today, the lady who played Princess Leia Organa Solo in the Star Wars saga, Carrie Fisher, died today at the age of 60. Fisher had a heart attack on a plane flight [Read More…]

Psalm 84:1-12 Enjoying The Presence of God This Christmas

Psalm 84:1-12 Enjoying The Presence of God This Christmas A true story is told of Mendelssohn, the great composer and musician. He went to a cathedral in Europe. They had just bought a new organ. The guy whose charge it was to take care of the organ didn’t recognize the talented musician. Mendelssohn said, “Sir, [Read More…]

Isaiah 61:1-3 Proclaiming God’s Favor This Christmas

Isaiah 61:1-3 Proclaiming God’s Favor This Christmas One major effect of the commercialization of Christmas is that every year the gap between Christmas and Thanksgiving seems to grow smaller. It is common now to hear Christmas carols in early December; by this time many people have not only bought but have also decorated their trees; [Read More…]