Catching God’s heart to change ours

Jesus gently challenges the rich young ruler, to tease out where his security and his heart really is, Mark 10:17. TLW41: Revised Common Lectionary readings for Sunday, October 14 Theme: How much have we caught God's heart, and He ours? Job … [Continue reading]

Heaven’s justice exposes man’s way

Leon Bonnat's classic depiction of Job – the name means 'Where is the heavenly Father?' –crying out to God in his severe and unfair affliction. Job is the epitome of all that is unfair, unjust – and of Satanic origin. Revised Common Lectionary … [Continue reading]

True Greatness

"We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves; and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God." – Thomas Merton Proverbs 31:10-31 – Greatness comes through character and diligence Mark … [Continue reading]

Listening to the Lord and speaking for Him

Image credit: St George's Anglican Church, Burlington, Canada Revised Common Lectionary readings for Sunday, September 16 (Pentecost 18) Proverbs 1:20-33 | Listening and speaking out – our opinions or wisdom's voice? Mark 8:27-38 | Listening … [Continue reading]

God’s love – no favouritism

Image credit: Gail Davis, www.linkedin.com/pulse/favoritism-prejudice-mercy-james-21-13-gail-davis Theme: God loves us without favouritism, and that is His way for us Image credit: Gail Davis, … [Continue reading]

Heart condition

TLW 35 – The RSL readings for September 2, 2018 The heart is deceitful above all things... Jer. 17:9 Theme: the Lord of love who changes our hearts from within Song of Solomon 2:8-13 » A loving heart celebrated in a love poem Mark 7:1-8, … [Continue reading]

Living in the connection between heaven and earth

Church calendar readings for Sunday, August 26, in Bible order Prepare for Sunday by reading the Bible passages beforehand – read again to reflect on Sunday's teaching 1 Kings 8:1,6,10-11, 22-30, 41-43 » God presences himself in the glory … [Continue reading]

Pride leads to a fall but humbly accepting Jesus is salvation and life

Five marks of renewed lives – Ephesians 4:25-5:2 TLW32 August 12, 2018. Theme: Pride leads to a fall but humbly accepting Jesus is salvation and life QUICK SUMMARY  The story of Absalom's shameful death, caught up in the mane of hair which was so … [Continue reading]

Lifegiving gift of God, freely given

Image credit: http://riveroflifetheriverwalk.org TLW31 using the Revised Common Lectionary readings for Sunday, August 5. Theme: Lifegiving gift of God, freely given 2 Samuel 11:26 - 12:13a – a 'gift' violated in immaturity John 6:24-35 – Jesus' … [Continue reading]

Trusting God for His power in us

Theme: Good and bad sources of power 2 Samuel 11:1-15 – Folly: power from position John 6:1-21 – Provision: power that comes by faith Ephesians 3:14-21 – Revelation: the power of the Holy Spirit   OLD TESTAMENT   2 Samuel 11:1-15 » … [Continue reading]