Eastertide ~ May 20, 2017

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. ~ Jesus of Nazareth  Psalm 66 • Acts 17:22-31 • I Peter 3:13-22 • John 14:15-21 The Resurrection has many, varied, and beautiful effects. Through it we are invited into an “eternal kind of life” (Dallas Willard), we are strengthened for holy living, we are empowered for…

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Eastertide ~ May 13, 2017

“I am the way, the truth, and the life.” ~ John 14:6 Psalm 31:1-16 • Acts 7:55-60 • I Peter 2:2-10 • John 14:1-14 God looks like Jesus. God does not look like Kanye West, Morgan Freeman, or Eric Clapton except to the degree that one of these looks, lives, and acts like Jesus. As mysterious…

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Eastertide ~ April 29, 2017

Good news! Kyle Fleet will be teaching this Saturday night at Wheatland. You won’t want to miss him.  Psalm 116:1-4,12-19 • Acts 2:14-41 • 1 Peter 1:17-23  •  Luke 24:13-35 Jesus comes to us in the tangible. Matthew 25 tells us that we meet Jesus when meeting the needs of those who are thirsty, hungry, naked, unknown, and…

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Eastertide ~ April 22, 2017

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe. – John 20:29 Psalm 16 • Acts 2:14-32 • I Peter 1:3-9 • John 20:19-31 Thomas makes me feel better about me. He had a hard time believing that Jesus had been raised from the dead. I’m sure he wanted to believe it.…

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Holy Saturday ~ 2017

Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love. – Ps 31:16 Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 • Matthew 27:57-66 • 1 Peter 4:1-8  This is a solemn day. The Eucharist, which is ordinarily available every other day of the year for Roman Catholics, is typically withheld. This is often the case for other denominations…

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Good Friday ~ 2017

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – Ps 22:1 Psalm 22 • John 18:1-19:42 A little longer, much more focused. The readings for today are intended to take us into an experience of Christ’s life that we often prefer to avoid. Let me encourage you today to stay in that pain. Christians…

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Maundy Thursday ~ 2017

Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. ~ John 13:34 Ps 116:1-19 • Exodus 12:1-14 • I Cor 11:23-26 • John 13:1-17, 31-35 “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos.”  Also known as: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.” – John 13:34…

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Wednesday of Holy Week ~ 2017

Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. – Hebrews 12:3 Psalm 70 • Isaiah 50:4-9 • Hebrews 12:1-3 • John 13:21-32 It is troubling to discover that Jesus’ glorification is closely associated with his suffering and death. It is troubling because all…

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