Listening and Appreciation

When Barnabas arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart, for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. Acts 11:23 “I told you and you do not believe.  The works I do in my Father’s[read more]

Listening To The Other

The Spirit said to Philip, “Go and join up with that chariot.”  Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”  He replied, “how can I, unless someone instructs me?”  So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him. Acts 8:29-31 Jesus said[read more]

The Work Is Without Why

. . . the high priest questioned them, “We gave you strict orders, did we not, to stop teaching in that name.  Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”  But Peter and the Apostles said in reply, “We must obey God rather than human beings.”[read more]

Love and Not Sacrifice

First he says, “Sacrifices and offerings, holocausts and sin offerings, you neither desired nor delight in.”  These are offered according to the law.  Then he says, “Behold, I come to to do your will.”  He takes away the first to establish the second.  By this “will,” we have been consecrated through the offering of the[read more]

Can We Love Our Enemies?

But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion: / my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph. / In their failure they will be put to utter shame, / to lasting, unforgettable confusion.. Jeremiah 20:11 “If I do not perform my Father’s works, do no believe me; but if I perform them, even[read more]

Do Not Forget

“However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children’s children.” Deuteronomy 4:9 Yesterday at the reception after the funeral of one of[read more]

Envy and Violence

Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age; and he had made him a long tunic.  When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons, they hated him so much that they would not even greet him. Genesis 37:3-4 Many years[read more]

The Measure With Which You Measure

Give and gifts will be given to you, a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.  For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you. Luke 6: 38 What is the greatest impediment to joy?  How is it that far too often[read more]

Change and Transformation

On coming out of the water Jesus saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:10-11 O God, whose Only Begotten Son has appeared in our very flesh, grant,[read more]

Conscience and Call

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus. Matthew 1:21-22 So familiar are the infancy narratives of Jesus to us that we can cease to be[read more]