Feb 17, 2019
Blessings and Woes
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Luke 6:17-26
 
17 He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19 And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them. 20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,     for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now,     for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now,     for you will laugh.

22 “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.

24 “But woe to you who are rich,     for you have received your consolation. 25 “Woe to you who are full now,     for you will be hungry. “Woe to you who are laughing now,     for you will mourn and weep.

26 “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.
 
Jeremiah 17:5-10
 

Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals     and make mere flesh their strength,     whose hearts turn away from the Lord. They shall be like a shrub in the desert,     and shall not see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,     in an uninhabited salt land.

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,     whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water,     sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes,     and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious,     and it does not cease to bear fruit.

The heart is devious above all else;     it is perverse—     who can understand it? 10 I the Lord test the mind     and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways,     according to the fruit of their doings.

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  • Feb 17, 2019Blessings and Woes
    Feb 17, 2019
    Blessings and Woes
    Series: (All)
    Luke 6:17-26
     
    17 He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19 And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them. 20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said:

    “Blessed are you who are poor,     for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now,     for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now,     for you will laugh.

    22 “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.

    24 “But woe to you who are rich,     for you have received your consolation. 25 “Woe to you who are full now,     for you will be hungry. “Woe to you who are laughing now,     for you will mourn and weep.

    26 “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.
     
    Jeremiah 17:5-10
     

    Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals     and make mere flesh their strength,     whose hearts turn away from the Lord. They shall be like a shrub in the desert,     and shall not see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,     in an uninhabited salt land.

    Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,     whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water,     sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes,     and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious,     and it does not cease to bear fruit.

    The heart is devious above all else;     it is perverse—     who can understand it? 10 I the Lord test the mind     and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways,     according to the fruit of their doings.

  • Feb 10, 2019A Change In Direction
    Feb 10, 2019
    A Change In Direction
    Series: (All)
    Luke 5:1-11
     

    Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” 11 When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

  • Feb 3, 2019The Superbowl of Epiphanies
    Feb 3, 2019
    The Superbowl of Epiphanies
    Series: (All)
    Luke 4:21-30
     

    21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23 He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” 24 And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. 25 But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; 26 yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 27 There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. 30 But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

  • Jan 27, 2019My Prayer For You!
    Jan 27, 2019
    My Prayer For You!
    Series: (All)
    Joshua 24:14-15
     
    14 “Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
  • Jan 13, 2019And the Light Came On
    Jan 13, 2019
    And the Light Came On
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    Ephesians 2:8-10
     
    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
  • Jan 6, 2019The Bottom Line
    Jan 6, 2019
    The Bottom Line
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    John 14:1-6

    14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

  • Dec 30, 2018Growing in the Christmas Spirit
    Dec 30, 2018
    Growing in the Christmas Spirit
    Series: (All)
    1 Samuel 2:18-20
    18 Samuel was ministering before the Lord, a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19 His mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year, when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20 Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, “May the Lord repay you with children by this woman for the gift that she made to the Lord”; and then they would return to their home.
    26 Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and with the people.
     

    Luke 2:41-52

    41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43 When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. 44 Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” 49 He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he said to them. 51 Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.
  • Dec 23, 2018Faith Lessons for Mary and Elizabeth
    Dec 23, 2018
    Faith Lessons for Mary and Elizabeth
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    Luke 1:39-55

    39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” 46 And Mary said,

    “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.     Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,     and holy is his name. 50 His mercy is for those who fear him     from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm;     he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,     and lifted up the lowly; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things,     and sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel,     in remembrance of his mercy, 55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,     to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

  • Dec 16, 2018Rejoice, Again, I Say, Rejoice!
    Dec 16, 2018
    Rejoice, Again, I Say, Rejoice!
    Series: (All)

    Zephaniah 3:14-20

    14 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;     shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart,     O daughter Jerusalem! 15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you,     he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;     you shall fear disaster no more. 16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion;     do not let your hands grow weak. 17 The Lord, your God, is in your midst,     a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness,     he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing 18     as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you,     so that you will not bear reproach for it. 19 I will deal with all your oppressors     at that time. And I will save the lame     and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise     and renown in all the earth. 20 At that time I will bring you home,     at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised     among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes     before your eyes, says the Lord.

    Philippians 4:4-7

    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • Dec 9, 2018How Do We Prepare the Way?
    Dec 9, 2018
    How Do We Prepare the Way?
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    Luke 3:1-6

    In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

    “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,     make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled,     and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight,     and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”