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,…

Penitential Life

Psalm 77: 1 – 12 I cried out to God for help;     I cried out to God to hear me.  When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;     at night I stretched out untiring hands,     and I would not be comforted.  I remembered you, God, and I groaned;     I meditated,…

Breaking the Silence

Proverbs 31:6-9 “Let beer be for those who are perishing,     wine for those who are in anguish! Let them drink and forget their poverty     and remember their misery no more. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,     for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly;     defend the rights…

Get Up and Walk

John 5: 2 – 9 “Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight…

Fully Known & Fully Loved

“Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything…

Approach with Boldness

Hebrews 4:14-16  “14 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested[d] as we…

Callus Free Hearts

“Cut away the thick calluses from your heart and stop being so willfully hard-headed. God, your God, is the God of all gods, God is the Master of all masters, a God immense and powerful and awesome. God doesn’t play favorites, takes no bribes, makes sure orphans and widows are treated fairly, takes loving care…