TagForgiveness

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…

Ashes

God is great at teaching through paradoxes, things that at first, seem totally absurd. Jesus does his best to explain how they are true. The contradictory proposition of Ash Wednesday is how ashes not only cleanse, but prepare space to light a new fire.

Repentance Made Visible

“It only takes a spark, to get a fire going.”  Pass It On, Kurt Kaiser, composer It is late in the evening, minutes shy of midnight, and two dozen of us are gathered in front of the old stone fireplace.  We hear some words of Scripture and offer up some prayers to God … we…

Jesus Christ Superstar Revisited

Email Devotion For The Week Of Easter 2 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. (Mark 14:10) A week ago Sunday, I gathered with nine and a half million of my best friends to watch Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC TV.  I have…

Do You Walk the Walk?

New Day Sermon Pentecost 17 Are you disappointed in others when they don’t follow through on what they said they would do?  Do you ever do the same?  Tune in for a consideration on how Jesus responds as our Savior, to shame and disappointment.

How Forgiving Can We Be?

Traditional Sermon Pentecost 15 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Colossians 1:3). Listen to this short three-sentence phrase: “I forgive you.” Although this simple phrase consists of three short words, it is nevertheless very powerful. Generally speaking, forgiving those who have wronged us can…

Pentecost 15 Worship Preview

Then Peter came and said to him [Jesus], “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.” (Matthew 18:21-22) Since we all stand before the judgment of God, why do we…

Climbing Out of the Pigpen

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY “I will get up and go to my father.”~~ Luke 15:18 (The Prodigal Son’s words from the pigpen.)  “Landing in a pigpen stinks.  But staying there is just plain stupid.  Don’t spend another minute in the pigpen.  It’s time to rise up”  ~~Max Lucado, Glory Days Do you ever struggle…