Jesus’ first miracle took place at a wedding when he turned water into wine. This event was witnessed by his family, his disciples and the servants at the wedding. They saw it and their faith in him was increased. Jesus is still doing miracles among us today and he may even choose to use us in the process. All he asks is that we faithfully fill the water jars and trust that he will turn the water into wine.
Another familiar text that is often read right after Christmas. But today we listen to the words of God the Father spoken over Jesus his Son at his baptism by John the Baptist. “This is my Son whom I love. With him I am well pleased.” My hope is that as we each remember our baptisms and hear those same words spoken over us.
This week, we celebrated the Epiphany or day when the wisemen brought gifts to baby Jesus. After consulting with King Herod who intended to kill Jesus, the wisemen decided not to return to Herod but to instead go home by another way. "Going home by another way" seems to be a common theme throughout the bible. There were numerous people who expected one thing but had to switch gears because God had something very different planned for them.
Elizabeth, Mary’s older cousin, who was also expecting a child, created a sanctuary of love for Mary in the time she needed it most. Though Mary’s situation as an unwed teenage mother-to-be was less than ideal, Elizabeth welcomed her into her home with open arms and showered her with words of encouragement. And that sanctuary created space for Mary to then become a sanctuary of love for Jesus, our Messiah.
When John the Baptist came on the scene at the start of his public ministry, he preached a gospel of repentance and forgiveness of sin. He knew that in order for people to experience God’s kingdom on earth as it was in heaven that there were some rough folk that needed smoothed, high and mighty that needed humbled, lowly who needed to be lifted up, and crooked lives that needed straightened. The same
We have heard it said, “Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will never hurt us.” But the Bible teaches us much differently. Our words can bless or curse, heal or destroy, give life or bring death. Zachariah uses intentional words of promise to sing over his son, John the Baptist. These words laid a foundation of peace for John’s faith to form and to prepare him to point others to Jesus.
Deep down in each of us is a yearning or a longing for home. No matter how good we might have it in this life, we realize that this world is not as it should be and we long for something more. We might even say that we are homesick for it. Advent is a reminder that God has planted a seed of eternity in everyone’s heart and the closer we get to celebrating Jesus’ birth the more we realize that this hope is always among us.
When faced with extreme pressure, one must keep what is truly important before them. The author of Hebrews wants us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. His sacrificial love compiles us to be like him and love our neighbors as we love our selves.
In the season of thanksgiving as we gather around those we love, let us not only give thanks to God for our many blessings but let us soberly acknowledge the pri
One look at the names of the Old Testament Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 shows that there were some pretty incredible people who did some extraordinary things. But a deeper look would reveal that each of them also had backstories that would have disqualified them from even being on this list. The truth is that they were imperfect ordinary people just like you and me. It’s just that, by faith, they offered themselves to God and were used in a ti
These three elements are the glue that holds a congregation together through rough times. And Christ's Church is the locus of where we are to grow in them. As we gather weekly for worship, we practice our faith as a means of being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see is real. So let us grow in faith, hope, and love together and not give up the habit of meeting regularly for worship. Come, Be Fed, and Be Sent!