Jesus: Liberator

Luke 6: 6 – 11 “On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the…

Bearing Good Fruit

Luke 6: 43 – 44 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.  Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.”   Generous Space is a posture in which we seek to love across difference. We’re keenly aware…

Nothing is Wasted

Isaiah 55:8, 11 I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work. . . . The words that come out of my mouth [will] not come back to me empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.   One…

The Hope of What is Not Yet

Romans 8: 22 – 25 “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.…

Embracing Our Need

Psalm 72: 12 – 14 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,     the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy     and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence,     for precious is their blood in…

My Testimony is Valid

John 8:12 – 20 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.” Jesus answered, “Even if I…

Sharing the Work

Matthew 18: 18 – 20 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by…

To Never Thirst

John 4: 10 – 14 “Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can…

The Question of Suffering

Romans 5: 1 – 5 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we…

Time to Speak Up

John 7: 37 – 41 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit,…