Tearing Apart and Finding Rest

Mark 11:7-11; 14:3,8,9; 15:25, 33,34,37,38    It’s an interesting day, the Sunday before Easter. Christians around the world call it Palm Sunday, commemorating the story in the NT Gospels about Jesus of Nazareth riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, and people laying down their cloaks and perhaps some palm fronds as well. So churches of all […]

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Not Looking Back: How Do We Move Forward?

Luke 9:51-62 As a kid, I read The Hobbit numerous times. I’ve reread it as an adult, too. There are many reasons why I like it—the good storytelling, the characters, creatures, languages, and cultures. The overarching theme, though, is what always draws me in. Bilbo Baggins, the little Hobbit with the hairy feet, is the […]

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Giving to Receive

Malachi 3:1-3; 10   The Message [MSG] “Look! I’m sending my messenger on ahead to clear the way for me. Suddenly, out of the blue, the Leader you’ve been looking for will enter his Temple—yes, the Messenger of the Covenant, the one you’ve been waiting for. Look! He’s on his way!” A Message from the mouth […]

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Rocks

Mark 13:1-8 Did you ever skip rocks as a kid? Did you ever collect rocks on the beach or in the forest or near a stream? Did you ever climb a tall hill or a mountain and stand in awe of it? Have you ever been drawn to rocks? As a kid, I loved finding […]

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