How human dishonour grows God’s nature in us

TLW 27. Readings set for Sunday, July 8 (Revised Common Lectionary). 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 – After years of dishonour, David is crowned Mark 6:1-13  – Jesus faces dishonour in his hometown 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 – Paul says public dishonour helps to … [Continue reading]

How the grace of God demolishes our human barriers

The readings according to the lectionary for Sunday, July 1 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 – God's grace in David lamenting his former persecutor Mark 5:21-43 – God's grace shown in special favour for the woman who was excluded 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 – God's … [Continue reading]

When it isn’t humanly possible, God’s providence – God’s kingdom purpose – prevails

TLW25 Church calendar readings (lectionary) for Sunday, June 24 1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 17-23, 32-49 – The providence of God in personal vulnerability Mark 4:35-41 – The providence of God in calming a storm 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 – The providence of … [Continue reading]

The difference between man’s ways and God’s kingdom order

Bible readings for Sunday, June 17 (based on the Revised Common Lectionary) 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 – In God's order, character trumps appearance • Samuel anoints David saying that the Lord looks on the heart, not appearance Mark 4:26-34 – God's … [Continue reading]

Man’s way and understanding vs trusting God for His way

1 Samuel 8:4-20, and 11:14-15 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35   1 Samuel 8:4-20, and 11:14-15 • God's way is superseded by man's way of leading Israel, despite Samuel's warning 4-5 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came … [Continue reading]

The call and the cost

  Theme: God's power is seen in trusting Him faithfully in the face of opposition Church calendar readings for Sunday, June 3, in Bible order Prepare for Sunday by reading the Bible passages beforehand, or reflect on Sunday's teaching by … [Continue reading]

One God who offers us three relationships

Introduction to theme Trinity Sunday (this year May 27) is a special Sunday with the main theme of God being one God in three persons. How can that be? How can God be "one God" – clearly stated in the Bible – and also be known to us as three … [Continue reading]

The life of the Spirit comes at Pentecost

Image credit New Life Toronto (Mennonite) + excellent teaching summary here Pentecost marks a huge event in salvation history, God’s plan for the world. The birth of Jesus, marked at Christmas, is rightly a prominent celebration. So is the death and … [Continue reading]

How to live God’s way

Living in God's word like well-watered trees, Psalm 1. Image credit: Joni Shaffer Church calendar readings for Sunday, May 13, in Bible order Prepare for Sunday by reading and reflecting on the word for the week. Formerly this was structured with … [Continue reading]

As changed people, we are empowered to live unselfishly

FRIDAY, MAY 4 1 John 5:1-6 True believers who love God will always be known for loving other believers  – His children 1  Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves His child as … [Continue reading]