- Scripture Various
- Date Sunday, 11 January 2015
On the Church calendar, this Sunday is the Baptism of our Lord. Jesus came to John the baptizer and was baptized. Jesus was the One who was to come after John, whose sandels John said he wasn't worthy of untying. Jesus is the "greater one" that John talked about. So, what about this story is significant for us today? One aspect I would like to consider is that of water. Baptism also includes water. What is it about the water? I'm going to lead you on a journey through scripture as we look into this "water" thing.
- Scripture John 1:9-14
- Date Sunday, 14 December 2014
We continue in the Advent Series theme of Christmas Gifts. We've looked at gifts needed but not wanted and gifts rejected. Today, we consider gifts received.
What is it to "receive" a gift? What gift are we offered at Christmas that still has to be received? We established last week that a gift has been given - that fact doesn't change because of our receiving or rejection of the gift. We've talked about rejecting the gift. Now, let's consider "receiving" the gift.
Remember, with every gift you are given at Christmas, you have a choice whether to receive that gift or reject that gift. Your choice. No less true with God's Son, the Messiah sent to us.
- Scripture John 1:1-13
- Date Sunday, 07 December 2014
- Scripture Deuteronomy 1:1, 3, 5-8
- Date Sunday, 30 November 2014
The Israelites were camped as God had instructed. They were waiting to move into the promised land. So, comes the time and God's voice: "Resume your journey." So often, a person might travel through life and stop to rest someplace. We need to rest. However, we must never crawl into our comfort zone and vow to remain there forever. That's different than a rest. Our journey in life and our spiritual journey must always be moving forward. When a rest comes, that's OK. But, don't let it become permanent. There comes a time, often too quickly, for each of us to resume our journey.
So, ask yourself now: how long have I been 'here'? Is this healthy for my spiritual maturity? Am I still sucking on the bottle when I need to advance to hard foods?
Maybe it is time for you to "resume your journey." Onward!