Jesus Preaches on the Sabbath 16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed......
Matthew 20:1-16 The Laborers in the Vineyard “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And......
Matthew 13:45-46 Two verses! A sermon on only two verses? This is one of the very short stories of Jesus, and one which he never interpreted for his followers. Pastor Bonnie Wilcox asks, Is this man wise, or foolish? He sells everything he has, likely to include his home, his furnishings, and all the clothing, in order to buy the most precious pearl he’s ever seen. But what does it mean? “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went......
There is some comfort for Jesus-followers to see how hard it was for the disciples to trust what Jesus had said and done in their presence! Even when we doubt, or fail to recognize the power of the Holy Spirit given to us through Jesus Christ, Jesus is worthy of our trust. Pastor Bonnie provides an example of her own struggle to trust as the weather worsened on Saturday....
Matthew 4:1-17 The Temptation of Jesus 4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle......
The people of God have struggled to find peace. It was true 3,000 years ago in the time of Isaiah, and it is still true today. How shall we be courageous? God offers wisdom and courage, and we do not do this work alone. Isaiah 2:1-5 The Future House of God The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall......
A commander named Naaman needs healing. In the movie, Bruce Almighty, Bruce Nolan thinks God hates him and isn’t aware of the healing he needs. What happens when we dictate the terms of our healing to God? God has put a divine spark in each of us. We give thanks for all who have this divine spark, the saints who have gone before us, and the saints among us. 2 Kings 5:1-15 The Healing of Naaman Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in......
Joshua 24:1-25 The Tribes Renew the Covenant Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many. I gave him......
Genesis 39 Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife 39 Now Joseph was taken down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. 2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man; he was in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 His master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hands. 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him; he made him overseer of his house and put him in......
Jesus called Peter and others to “fish for people.” But first, Jesus “caught” Peter in his own way. Who are the people who have fished for us? Who called us to follow Jesus? Luke 5:1-11 Jesus Calls the First Disciples Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the......