1 Corinthians 1:18-25: The Foolishness of the Cross

Foolishness of the Cross(2)

In all your days, did someone come to you and make this case?  “Tell me, if God is almighty, can He create a stone too heavy for Him to carry?”  Hmm, such a smug, rebellious question!  At last, the creature gives the Creator His comeuppance, outwitting Him in our cleverness.  So we think.  No, this […]

Genesis 50:15-21: God Working Through All for the Good

Joseph and his brothers first meet in Egypt

How hard to forgive someone who hurts you!  A co-worker takes credit for your work, and now you are the lazy one.  A bully intimidates you, for not all bullies die away after grade school.  Your sister talks your aging mother into giving her a family heirloom, which she promised to you a decade before.  […]

Luke 1:39-45: Mary Visits Elizabeth

Mary and Elizabeth, the Visitation

  The life-changing announcement from the angel Gabriel stuns Mary, as she staggers in shock. Rejoice, favored one!  The Lord is with you.  Don’t be afraid, Mary, for God honors you.  Listen, you will conceive and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.  For he will be mighty and will be called the […]

Luke 15:1-10: Lost and Found

Lost and Found, Sheep and Coin

A lost lamb and coin come to us in story form.  So, we lean forward to attend to our Savior’s words.  Little do we grasp how we are the ones getting lost.  For we think He is teaching us what to do.  Don’t we take in these parables as lessons in loveliness?  For if we […]

Malachi 3:6-10

Will a man rob God

A tale from India records the chronicle of a frightened mouse.  So terrified is he of cats, he is too afraid to venture out.  So, a wizard agrees to convert the tiny creature into a cat.  Now graceful and stealthy, with his fears removed, he is courageous—until he finds a wild dog chasing after him. […]

Isaiah 6:1-7: Holy, Holy, Holy

Isaiah, the Lord, and the Seraphim

To gaze on the glory of God in all His grandeur!  In our wildest imaginings, this vision hypnotizes our senses and seizes our hearts.  Such foolishness!  For in our fallen state, we will be devastated.  Every fiber of our being will convulse in terror, with our tongues left stammering.  The glimpse will burn us in […]

John 14:23-31: If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word

If Anyone Loves Me

The word “Pentecost” means 50.  A festival of the Old Covenant, at first, a celebration which took place every year.  Now we understand why so many pilgrims gathered in Jerusalem on the day the potent Wind from eternity graced the people of God. For the Israelites, Pentecost thanked the Creator for the first harvest of […]

Mark 16:14-20: Christ Precedes Us, Not Abandons Us

Christ's Ascension

The Lord commissions His Apostles before returning to heaven: “Preach the gospel to all creation.”  Next, He adds the promise of Baptism.  Left out of our Lord’s final words are commands to clothe, shelter, or mend broken marriages.  Though noble, helpful, and part of what we should be doing, such work is always secondary. For […]

Numbers 21:4-9: The Snake on the Pole

Snake on the Pole2

Most Christian churches display at least one.  This church is no exception.  On the crest of our steeple, you’ll find one, our building’s highest point.  Another is atop a wooden rod, on display, when we begin the service with a procession.  Behind the altar, you’ll spot one, the size of a monument, made by carpenters […]

Isaiah 12:1-6: Drinking From the Wells of Salvation

Refreshing water

With faces still wet from the mist of the Sea, the Israelites sing out, celebrating their deliverance from Egypt.  So momentous the event, their tongues cannot stay silent, their melodic praise becoming the first song recorded in Scripture (Exodus 15).  The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob remained faithful to His pledge, not forgetting His […]