Readings for March 5th

Psalm 99 • Exodus 24:12-18 • Philippians 3:7-14 • Matthew 17:1-9 Fat Saturday is Wheatland’s take on Mardi Gras. It is our last feasting celebration before we enter into the season of Lent. Join us Saturday night for the feast. Bring any Mardi Gras inspired dish, or anything you want, with plenty to share. The…

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Readings for February 26

Psalm 62 • Isaiah 49:8-18 • I Corinthians 4:1-13 • Matthew 6:24-34 Christians often don’t know what to do with the Old Testament. Have you ever noticed that most of the Old Testament stories we learn when we are in Sunday school? As adults don’t “go there” very much. The Old Testament is a too…

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Readings for February 12

Psalm 119:1-16 • I Corinthians 3:1-9 • Matthew 5:21-37 • Genesis 32:22-32 This past week I referenced the story of Jacob wrestling with man by the river Jabbok at a place he later called Peniel. Afterour discussion on Saturday night about engaging the stories of the Old Testament even when (maybe especially when) we don’t understand…

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Readings for January 29th

Psalm 37 • Micah 6:1-8 • I Corinthians 1:18-31 • Matthew 5:1-12 During the season between Epiphany and Lent we examine some of Jesus’ primary teachings. The core of Jesus’ teaching is the Sermon on the Mount. Delivered more than once this body of teaching was expressed in various ways throughout his teaching ministry. His overarching…

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Who Has Soot On Their Face?

The story goes that after a prolonged search the young man finally finds a suitable rabbi and asks if the rabbi would be willing to tutor him. But upon seeing this youth the rabbi simple smiles and says “You are too young and have too little life experience for the lessons I have to teach. Come back to me in ten years”.

But the young man is full of a confidence that borders on arrogance and so responds, “I may be young but I have already mastered Aristotelian logic and symbolic logic. Test me. Ask me any question you want and I will prove to you that I am ready.”

The rabbi thinks for a few moments and then chooses a question: “Two men descend a chimney. When they get to the bottom, one man’s face is covered in soot. Tell me, which one washes his face?”

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Scripture Readings for January 22

Psalm 139 • Amos 3:1-8 • I Corinthians 1:10-17 • Matthew 4:12-23 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” – Matthew 4:17 Several years ago a dear friend of mine reacted negatively to a “repentance service” at which we were both in attendance. His aggravation…

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Epiphany: “On the Way”

“I shall not find Christ at the end of my journey unless he accompanies me along the way.” – Esther De Waal, Celtic Way of Prayer The season of Epiphany serves to remind us of Christ’s present work in the world. It does this through commemorating Christ’s manifestation to the Gentiles through the visit of…

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