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]

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]