just a minute 02.26.21

Single Focus – Mark 8:31-38 Jesus was was singularly focused on his mission. While we often think that his mission was about the cross – his mission was actually about living, ‘My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.’ John 10:10b (MSG) From the beginning, Jesus preached life leading folks to a fullContinue reading “just a minute 02.26.21”

just a minute – 02.25.21

Psalm 22:23-31 Doctor Rolf Jacobson, in speaking about Psalm 22, says, ‘the sudden turn in Psalm 22 from the desperate cries for help in 22:1-21a and the words of thanksgiving and praise that comprise 22:21b-31 is both unexpected and confusing.’  The conclusion for those that have attempted to explain this oddness has been to sayContinue reading “just a minute – 02.25.21”

just a minute – 02.24.21

Forgotten People Remembered – Genesis 17:1-16 Wherever we find Abraham in scripture we are left with questions. We will not hit everything in this minute but here are a few things to have in your brain as you read. This passage is really not about Abraham receiving the promise, he has already heard it.  This passageContinue reading “just a minute – 02.24.21”

02.23.21 – Small Steps

We humans sometimes try to take on more than we are physically, mentally, or even spiritually able to handle.  That is sometimes my biggest obstacle in putting together sermons, I want to share everything that I have in my studies, however, doing so within less than thirty minutes, and before the listeners eyes glaze overContinue reading “02.23.21 – Small Steps”

Just a Minute 02.28.21

2nd Thoughts On Monday My Sunday afternoons and Mondays morning consist of critiquing myself – analyzing my sermon including horrible explanations, weird facial expressions, and everything. This morning, however, is different.  Don’t worry, I didn’t wake up patting myself on the back, and yes, I am aware that I need to start seeking fashion adviseContinue reading “Just a Minute 02.28.21”

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Ash Wednesday Many of us come from Christian backgrounds where Ash Wednesday received barely any noticed at all.  I grew up in a Baptist tradition where this day, and all of Lent, received little, if any, recognition at all. Somewhere along the protestant journey, our fear of any pre-reformation religious practices has caused us toContinue reading “just a minute”

02.01.21 – 02.07.21

Readings Isaiah 40:21-31  •  Psalm 147:1-11, 20c  •  1 Corinthians 9:16-23  •  Mark 1:29-39 Context/Insight Isaiah 40:21-31 Context – I have grown to love this passage as I have spent more time with it recently.  This is chapter 40 assumed to be the beginning of the second part of Isaiah where the setting moves from warning the people of the comingContinue reading “02.01.21 – 02.07.21”

01.25.21 – 01.31.21

Readings Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Psalm 111 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28 Context/Insight Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Context – This passage was, for the first century Jews and Christians, the basis for their looking for The promised prophet, deliver, Messiah.  It refers back to the time at Mount Horeb/Sinai when the people proclaimed that they wanted Moses to beContinue reading “01.25.21 – 01.31.21”

01.18.21 – 01.24.21

Readings Jonah 3:1-5, 10  •  Psalm 62:5-12  •  1 Corinthians 7:29-31  •  Mark 1:14-20 Context Jonah 3:1-10 Context: We usually assign the story of Jonah as being just a story about Jonah and his disdain for the people of Ninevah.  However, the story of Jonahhas so many layers to it.  It is definitely important to understand Jonah and his attitude. HeContinue reading “01.18.21 – 01.24.21”

01.11.21 – 01.17.21

Readings 1 Samuel 3:1-20 Psalm 139:1-18  1 Corinthians 6:12-20  John 1:43-51 Context 1 Samuel 3:1-20 Hannah prayed for a son, and as her prayers intensified, she promised God that, if he gave her a son, she would give him back to God.  She kept her promise and once the child was old enough she sentContinue reading “01.11.21 – 01.17.21”