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1 Samuel 8:4-20, and 11:14-15 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35   1 Samuel 8:4-20, and 11:14-15 • God's way is superseded by man's way of leading Israel, despite Samuel's warning 4-5 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came … [Continue reading]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

A big change for Peter – to share the gospel in a Roman officer’s house

THURSDAY, MAY 3 Acts 10:44-48 Our challenge is to change how we regard people who are not like us The context of this short passage is the longer story of how Peter came to enter a house of Gentiles and see God's glory fall on them. First, Peter … [Continue reading]

Jesus’ way changes the world as we abide in His love and joy

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 John 15:9-17 The joy and love which are characteristics of those who are the Lord's have the effect of transforming our world 9  “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My love. "Remain in My love" – a … [Continue reading]