Tag Archives: Grace

God is love, God loves you more and you are God’s favorite

Psalm 87: 1 On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded; *the Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. God. Loves. Fill in the blank. More. Over the years to ones I have … Continue reading

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When mirror held before you, be sure to look past to see he who is holding: Jesus

Luke 6:20Then he looked up at his disciples and said:‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 ‘Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.‘Blessed are you who weep now, for … Continue reading

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Wake up calls from Jesus

Matthew 26:41Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial;* the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ I think this admonition from a grieving Jesus to his friends who fell asleep while he … Continue reading

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We are what God has made us and Jesus is our way of life

Ephesians 2:10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. Paul’s last line in today’s passage from his letter to the Ephesians would have … Continue reading

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‘Thoughts and Prayers’, but mostly just prayers

In my email this morning I received great news from a friend who was diagnosed with an invasive cancer just a few months ago  – a cancer of which she is now officially clear.  A prayed for but unexpected outcome given … Continue reading

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Getting down to the heart of the matter…forgiveness?

The Old Testament readings from the lectionary the past few weeks began in the first chapter of Job and trots the reader through chapter by chapter like a world-class tennis match.  Job on one side, friends on the other in the … Continue reading

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Thy will be done; God, and only God, connects the dots

From today’s gospel reading: But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream… From the lens of the law, Joseph resolves to divorce Mary quietly.  From the lens of … Continue reading

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The bible is not a rule book, but a game plan…

From the Gospel of Luke in this morning’s readings, another reminder of how Jesus teaches us the big idea – the kingdom come – the forest through the trees – the game plan: Luke 6: 1-8: One sabbath* while Jesus* was … Continue reading

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Your God is Too Small, Javert…way bigger than just the Stars you see

Lectionary Readings:  AM Psalm 2, 26; Isaiah 49:13-23; Matthew 18:1-14 ; PM Psalm 19, 126; Isaiah 54:1-13; Mark 10:13-16 The story of Jean Valjean has not left me since yesterday’s pauses in the readings that recalled Les Miserables. Amongst all the … Continue reading

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It is about discipleship, stupid…not salt

Luke 14:34 ‘Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?* 35It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure heap; they throw it away. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’ … Continue reading

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