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 02.28.21

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”

just a minute 02.19.21

Six times in God’s truth we see a covenant between God and Man.  While there were surely other agreements  – these six covenants are pivotal. Covenants exist between nations or peoples, usually a dual responsibility type of agreement where both parties agree to do/not do something.  Covenants with God, however, are primarily, if not totally, one sided.  They areContinue reading “just a minute 02.19.21”

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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”

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fat tuesday? What will you do with this day? Did you know the first U.S. Mardi Gras celebration took place in 1703 in what is now Mobile, Alabama?  It was an overflowing feast purposely planned so all the meats and perishable goods that would spoil over the next 40 days of Lent would be eatenContinue 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”