God’s promise of inclusion and rest

Readings for Sunday, July 22 – God's promise of inclusion and rest 2 Samuel 7:1-14a – The promise of rest from oppression with God present Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 – The promise of Jesus' compassion for all who draw close Ephesians 2:11-22 – The … [Continue reading]

The steps that foreshadowed God’s kingdom plan

Theme: God's kingdom purpose and its signposts 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12-19 – Bringing the Ark of the Lord to Jerusalem foreshadows Temple worship Mark 6:14-29 – John the Baptist's execution foreshadows Jesus' sacrifice Ephesians 1:3-14 – How the Holy … [Continue reading]

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1 Samuel 8:4-20, and 11:14-15 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35   1 Samuel 8:4-20, and 11:14-15 • God's way is superseded by man's way of leading Israel, despite Samuel's warning 4-5 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came … [Continue reading]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