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Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! Mark 16:1-8 Alleluia! Christ is risen, Indeed! But at the beginning of today’s Resurrection scripture, we meet Mary Magdalene; Mary, the mother of James and Salome grieving the loss of their friend and teacher, and on their way to anoint Jesus’ body. They find a empty tomb and an angel […]
Mark 11:1-11 Jesus rides a colt into Jerusalem where there are two kinds of crowds to greet him – those cheering ‘Hosanna!” and those calling for his death. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Jesus’ Passion. His real identity is about to be revealed. He is the Messiah and this is the week life turns […]
Jeremiah 31:31-35 “I will write my covenant on their hearts.” “I will forgive them.” God seeks to bring hope out of despair, even God’s own despair over the actions of the people. God is with those who suffer, and the people hearing Jeremiah’s prophesy are suffering and in despair. They are exiled and without hope. […]
Numbers 21:4-9 We can probably identify with the Israelites in the desert as they faced moments of despair, surrounded by a dangerous wilderness. They don’t like the food. They become impatient with God and with Moses. Biting serpents get their attention, and they are encouraged to confront their fears – their impatience and inner despair […]
Psalm 19 This psalm reminds us that the ancient Israelites might have understood God’s teachings about creation (verses 1-6) and law (verses 7-14) as the same. For example, the psalmist calls God “rock” and “redeemer” in verse 14. How does that affect our understanding of God’s creation and God’s law today? Creator God desires for […]