10.12.20 – 10.18.20

Readings Exodus 33:12-23 • Psalm 96:1-13 • Isaiah 45:1-7 • Matthew 22:15-22 • I Thessalonians 1:1-10 Context Exodus 33:12-23 God and Moses are, once again, in a conversation.  It is a very interesting dynamic that exists between these two, especially as we add this particular element of the relationship. Moses is feeling alone in hisContinue reading “10.12.20 – 10.18.20”

09.28.20 – 10.04.20

Readings Exodus 20:1-20 • Psalm 80:7-15 • Isaiah 5:1-7 • Matthew 21:33-46 • Philippians 3:4-14 Context Exodus 20:1-20 We usually miss the splendor of our Exodus passage – the giving by God, to the Hebrews, the ten commandments. This, too, is probably the reason we also miss the true meaning and weight of sin. AsContinue reading “09.28.20 – 10.04.20”

09.21.20 – 09.27.20

Readings Exodus 17:1-7 • Ezekiel 18:1-32 • Psalm 25:1-9 • Philippians 2:1-13 • Matthew 21:23-32 Context Exodus 17:1-7 The Israelites are in the midst of learning the life of deliverance and freedom.  They are learning that is not really easier than living in slavery, it is just a different struggle (at least at this point). Continue reading “09.21.20 – 09.27.20”

08.17.20 – 08.23.20

Reading Isaiah 51:1-6 • Exodus 1:8-2:10 • Psalm 138:1-8 • Matthew 16:13-20 Context Isaiah 51:1-6 This can be a very difficult passage to understand, especially when we come to it in this fashion – not really doing a deep study of it but just reading select passages.  We have covered the basics however, so, weContinue reading “08.17.20 – 08.23.20”

08.10.20 – 08.16.20

Readings  Genesis 45:1-15 • Psalm 67 • Isaiah 56:1-8 • Matthew 15:10-28 • Romans 11:1-20a, 29-32 Context Genesis 45:1-15 The story of Joesph is an amazing story, and, sadly,  this time around, we have not had the time it takes to get a full appreciation for this interesting character.  You probably feel like you alreadyContinue reading “08.10.20 – 08.16.20”

06.22.20 – 06.28.20

Readings Psalm 13  •  Genesis 22:1-14  •  Jeremiah 28:5-9  •  Romans 6:12-23  •  Matthew 10:40-42 Context Psalm 13 Psalm 13 is most likely words from King David to ‘the Song Leader’.  Some think  this ‘Song Leader’ is a direct reference to God, most, however, think he is directing his actual ‘Song Leader’ to write, or sing, a song with these words.  These wordsContinue reading “06.22.20 – 06.28.20”

05.25.20 – 05.31.20

Notation for This Sunday Following the resurrection of Jesus, he spent forty days exclusively with his followers who would then be the ones to lead the new followers to the ‘Be the Church.’  Then after those forty days Jesus ascended to Heaven but not before he told his followers to return to Jerusalem and waitContinue reading “05.25.20 – 05.31.20”

05.11.20 – 05.17.20

Readings John 14:15-21  •  Psalm 66:8-20  •  Acts 17:22-31  •  1 Peter 3:13-22 Context John 14:15-21 Our gospel passage for this week takes up where we left off last week in the final discourse to his disciples prior to his arrest and crucifixion.  Remember that Jesus and the disciples have just celebrated the passover meal together, he has instructedContinue reading “05.11.20 – 05.17.20”

05.04.20 – 05.10.20

Readings Psalm 31:1-16  •  John 14:1-14  •  Acts 7:55-60  •  1 Peter 2:1-10 Context Psalm 31:1-16 Our Psalm passage has a direct connection with our Acts reading, it is the passage that Stephen quotes as he is being put to death (vs. 5).  Also, take a moment to consider the imagery of verse 15 with the use of the word  ‘Hand.’ Continue reading “05.04.20 – 05.10.20”

03.29.20 – 04.05.20

Readings Isaiah 50:4-9  •  Psalm 31:9-16  •  Philippians 2:5-11  •  Matthew 26:14-27:66 Context Isaiah 50:4-9 The prophet Isaiah accepted God’s call to a prophet early in life and, it is important to note, this would be a call on him for the remainder of his earthly life.  This passage is a song of despair and grief while, at the same time, Continue reading “03.29.20 – 04.05.20”