CategorySunday Preview

Weekly previews of the scripture for the upcoming Sunday, with preaching and home devotional questions for your reflection.

If……………, and [then]…

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, they will obey [keep] my word, and my Father will love them, and [then] we will come to them and take up residence with [remain in] them. The person who does not love me does not obey [keep] my words.” John 14: 23-24 A reply that begins with the…

Second Sunday of Easter Preview

“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” (John 20:29)  In spite of all we have heard and all that we have seen, it is often hard to believe. Because it is hard to believe, we will invest ourselves in the Easter…

Easter Sunday Preview

They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you…

Essential Oil

As a Christian, are you more pragmatic or compassionate? Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him) said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” He said this not because he cared… John 12:4-6. Characters in the Bible sometimes…

Lent 4 Sunday Preview

Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’ ” (Luke 15:31-32, NRSV)  The psalm sets the tone this day: “Happy…

Lent 3 Sunday Preview

So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on…

Lent 1 Worship Preview

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. (Luke 4:1-2)  These forty days called Lent are like no other.…

EPIPHANY 6 WORSHIP PREVIEW

“But, it’s trouble ahead if you think you have it made. What you have is all you’ll ever get. And it’s trouble ahead if you’re satisfied with yourself. Your self will not satisfy you for long. And it’s trouble ahead if you think life’s all fun and games. There’s suffering to be met, and you’re…

Epiphany 4 Worship Preview

“Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”  -Luke 4:21 The glory of God is often revealed when and where it is least expected. God uses our lips to declare that glory, inexperienced and hesitant though they may be. God uses our love to demonstrate that glory and so urges us to exercise it.…