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2023-05-29 17:06
Acts 2:1-21 – When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.  2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it fille… Read More
2023-05-29 13:40
Psalm 47  To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Psalm Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy.  2 For the LORD, the Most High, is awesome, a great king o… Read More
2023-05-20 20:41
Back in 1776 when the United States became a nation, our founders wrote into law the separation of Church and State. That line of separation has held for over 200 years, and rightly so. Peop… Read More
2023-05-17 15:52
Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way.  23 For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the… Read More
2023-05-15 22:36
To the leader. A Psalm of David. In you, O LORD, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me.  2 Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a… Read More
2023-04-25 00:20
Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,  14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. … Read More
2023-04-17 00:10
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  4 and… Read More
2023-04-10 21:05
Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality,  35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.&nbsp&hell…Read More
2023-04-03 23:55
Psalm 118 1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! 2 Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” 3 Let the house of Aaron say, … Read More
2023-03-28 17:25
“As [Jesus] walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.  2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  3 Jesu… Read More
2023-03-07 01:26
Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will… Read More
2023-02-27 01:06
The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.  16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; … Read More
2023-02-20 15:00
The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instr… Read More
2023-02-14 23:00
“See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity.  16 If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the LOR… Read More
2023-02-07 17:42
“Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins.  2 Yet day after day they seek me and del… Read More
2023-01-23 17:05
But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorio… Read More
2023-01-11 17:16
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,  2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?… Read More
2022-12-05 17:57
“A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.  2 The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the… Read More
2022-11-21 17:06
A Sermon for the Sunday Before Christ the King Isaiah 65:17-25 17 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18&nbs&hell…Read More
2022-10-31 00:41
The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.  2 O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?  3 Why do… Read More
2022-10-03 20:33
“How lonely sits the city that once was full of people! How like a widow she has become, she that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the provinces has become a… Read More
2022-08-25 23:49
“Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.  2 He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choi… Read More
2022-08-08 22:55
God speaks through the Prophet Hosea: When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.  2 The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept sacrificin… Read More
2022-07-25 15:02
Inspiration Passages: “Alas for you who desire the day of the LORD! Why do you want the day of the LORD? It is darkness, not light;  19 as if someone fled from a lion, and was met… Read More
2022-06-07 14:40
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.  2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house w… Read More
2022-05-22 19:23
          And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God… Read More
2022-05-18 14:47
Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God.  2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticiz… Read More
2022-05-05 18:39
          Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest  2 and asked him for… Read More
2022-04-25 15:18
When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them,  28 saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you… Read More
2022-04-19 15:46
“If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.  20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who ha… Read More
2022-04-11 00:06
“After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.  29 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the d… Read More
2022-04-03 23:11
“When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the natio… Read More
2022-03-27 17:59
“Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.  2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and… Read More
2022-03-22 22:33
“Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.  2 Why do you spend your mon… Read More
2022-03-14 01:09
“At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”  32 He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, &ls&hell…Read More
2022-03-07 17:19
“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,  2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all d… Read More
2022-02-06 23:55
.          “If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  2 And i… Read More
2022-01-06 15:22
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.  2 For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will aris… Read More
2021-12-13 21:59
It’s the season for giving! And I want to encourage everyone’s generosity. I also want to make sure people’s gifts go where people intend them to go. During the holiday sea… Read More
2021-12-13 14:18
          “Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!  15 The LORD has… Read More
2021-11-30 15:54
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you?  10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see… Read More
2021-11-22 18:07
“Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,  5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness… Read More
2021-11-16 01:28
“There was a certain man of Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham son of Elihu son of Tohu son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.  2 He… Read More
2021-11-09 16:10
Psalm 24   Of David. A Psalm. 1 The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; 2 for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on… Read More
2021-11-02 16:16
In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and two sons.  2 The name… Read More
2021-10-25 15:49
Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.  2 He is able to deal gently with the i… Read More
2021-09-27 00:26
“Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.  14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and h… Read More
2021-09-20 20:03
Psalm 1   1 Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; 2 but their delight is in the law of the LOR… Read More
2021-09-06 20:51
“From there [Jesus] set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice,  25 but a woman w… Read More
2021-08-30 22:11
Psalm 45 1 My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 2 You are the most handsome of men; grace is poured upon you… Read More
2021-08-22 18:38
Psalm 84 To the leader: according to The Gittith. Of the Korahites. A Psalm. 1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! 2 My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LOR… Read More
2021-08-16 23:07
Psalm 111 1 Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. 2 Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who del… Read More
2021-08-11 20:52
Today I happened across an interview of a young Christian Dreamer whose parents brought her to the United States from Venezuela in early 2001 when she was four years old. She shared her test… Read More
2021-08-09 15:56
Psalm 130 A Song of Ascents 1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD. 2 Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! 3 If you, O LORD, should mark iniqui… Read More
2021-08-05 17:11
This morning we’re starting a new summer mini-series on the Psalm of the Day, which today is Psalm 51 (full text at the bottom). I’ve been reading the Psalms a good bit this summ… Read More
2021-05-30 17:39
Today is Pentecost – the day we remember the fulfillment of the prophecy that John the Baptist spoke when he said: “I baptize you with water… but one who is more powerful… Read More
2021-04-11 17:17
(Scripture readings are included in full at the end of the message.) It’s kind of unusual to read all four lectionary readings in one go, but our four lectionary readings for today she… Read More
2021-04-04 12:09
“When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.  2 And very early on the first day of the… Read More
2020-12-27 23:10
The prophet Isaiah writes: “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the r… Read More
2020-12-20 17:33
Now when the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him,  2 the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a hou… Read More
2020-12-06 22:08
Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.  2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the LORD&r&hell…Read More
Advent Hope
2020-11-29 20:30
“O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence —  2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to bo… Read More
2020-11-23 20:47
“For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.  12 As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will… Read More
2020-11-15 19:28
“The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, after Ehud died. So the LORD sold them into the hand of King Jabin of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the commander of h… Read More
2020-11-10 16:21
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.  2 And Jo… Read More
2020-10-26 00:51
The same day some Sadducees came to [Jesus], saying there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies childless, his brother s… Read More
2020-10-11 16:07
Then each of them went home… while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach t… Read More
Signs And Portents
2020-10-04 18:46
The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering such things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent temple police to arrest him.  Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little… Read More
2020-09-27 19:56
After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He did not wish to go about in Judea because the Jews were looking for an opportunity to kill him. Now the Jewish festival of Booths was near. So his… Read More
2020-09-20 19:08
Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose fathe… Read More
2020-09-13 23:06
The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but th… Read More
2020-09-06 17:46
Happy Labor Day weekend! It’s a strange year in which to celebrate Labor Day. Some of us have been working so hard we need more than three days off, while others would love to have eve… Read More
2020-08-30 15:08
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can… Read More
2020-08-23 20:09
“Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, “Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John” – although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples w… Read More
2020-08-16 16:52
[Jesus said:] “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the f… Read More
2020-08-02 14:22
[Jesus said] “So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the holy place, as was spoken of by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to… Read More
2020-07-28 16:54
As Jesus came out of the temple and was going away, his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. Then he asked them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly I tell… Read More
2020-07-19 15:26
From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on… Read More
2020-07-12 14:07
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, b… Read More
2020-07-05 17:21
The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test Jesus they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for… Read More
2020-07-01 19:59
A few years ago I started a blog called Good News for a Change in which I hoped to share uplifting articles, encouraging news, and stories of people finding ways to accomplish good things. S… Read More
2020-06-28 16:04
“After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down.  Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the m… Read More
2020-06-25 15:28
A week ago today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that our nation’s Dreamers will be allowed to stay awhile longer — that efforts to dismantle the DACA program were attempted illegal… Read More
2020-06-21 13:45
Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David… Read More
2020-06-14 15:00
Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands before they eat.”&nbs&hell…Read More
2020-06-07 13:09
“[Jesus] put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and so… Read More
2020-05-31 13:21
A Reading from the Law: Numbers 11:16-17, 24-25a, 26-29 So the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and offi… Read More
2020-05-24 13:15
In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit… Read More
2020-05-17 14:05
Old Testament Reading The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: These are the appointed festivals of the Lord that you shall proclaim as holy convocatio… Read More
2020-05-10 14:10
“At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.  When the Pharisees saw it, they sai… Read More
2020-05-03 14:19
Old Testament Reading “Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins.  2 Yet day after da… Read More
2020-04-26 20:56
The Lord said to Moses at Mount Sinai, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the Lo… Read More

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