Compassion: Entering Wilderness

Luke 4:1-13 1Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2where 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. 3The devil said to him, “If you are […]

Light Inaccessible

Luke 9:28-36  28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking […]

Catching People

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February 10, 2019; Epiphany 5 (C) Isaiah 6: 1-8 (9-13 Luke 5: 1-11  1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing […]

Washing and Drying Hands or Feet

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John 13:1-17 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon […]

John 11:1-44: Jesus’ Bedside Manner

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There was a time, we used to speak about the bedside manner of doctors or nurses and how important that was to create a sense of trust between medical professionals and their patients. This trust, cultivated through a good bedside manner, often meant that when outcomes were not as good as hoped for by patients […]

John 9: A Man Born Blind is Given Sight

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You just heard this story…did anyone hear it for the first time? what are some of your first impressions? What is the story about? There is healing that takes place in this story… but I don’t know if we can call it a healing story… a man born blind is given sight… The healing is […]

The Woman at the Well: A Story of Mutuality

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SCRIPTURE READING: John 4:1-42 Narrator:  So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.  A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and […]

Begin Anew

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John 3:1-21 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered […]

Practical Theology

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Philippians 2:1-7 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort in love, any sharing in the Spirit, any sympathy, complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other. Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than […]