Monthly Archives: May 2012

May 15: you matter (1 Chronicles 25-27; 1 Thessalonians 4)

As I read today’s scripture, I thought of all the movies I’ve seen. When does the movie end? Is it when the actors are no longer on the screen? Is it when the final name rolls across the screen – … Continue reading

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May 14: encouraged (1 Chronicles 22-24; 1 Thessalonians 3)

Maybe we spend too much time focused on what we are not doing or how we are not good enough. We could be more faithful. We could pray more. We could read scripture more. We could serve the poor more … Continue reading

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May 12: faith, love, hope (2 Samuel 21-23; 1 Thessalonians 1)

Thessalonica was a thriving seaport in northern Greece. Paul traveled the 100 miles to Thessalonica after leaving Philippi where he had been beaten and thrown into prison. Paul’s practice was to enter a city and begin preaching in the synagogue or … Continue reading

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May 11: always (2 Samuel 19-20; Psalm 55; Matthew 28)

What does it mean to you to be on the receiving end of always? The gospel of Matthew concludes with a promise that God first delivered in chapter one when God entered the world as Emmanuel – God with us. … Continue reading

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May 10: If only (2 Samuel 18; Psalm 56; Matthew 27)

The story of Absolom comes to a tragic end. Not only is it the death of a son, but it is the end of a father’s longing for a relationship with his son. If only Absolom would have reached out … Continue reading

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May 9: overwhelmed? (2 Samuel 17; Psalm 71; Matthew 26)

We all know the experience of being overwhelmed. We are facing a deadline with too much to do and not enough time to do it. We are in the midst of a task or a responsibility that suddenly feels far … Continue reading

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May 8: sin (2 Samuel 15-16; Psalm 32; Matthew 25)

I don’t like to talk about sin. We don’t much like hearing about other people’s sin either, but given the choice I will talk about someone else’s sin over my own! And yet, it happens – sin happens. As I’ve … Continue reading

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May 5: change (2 Samuel 10; 1 Chronicles 20; Psalm 20; Matthew 22)

What do you make of the parable of the Wedding Banquet? It is told in the waning hours of Jesus’ ministry. The invitations had been sent. Come to the Wedding Banquet! But those invited did not come. This is a … Continue reading

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May 4: which way (2 Samuel 8-9; 1 Chronicles 18-19; Matthew 21)

Today’s readings present two kings: King David and King Jesus. Jesus enters Jerusalem (the City of David) on a donkey. Why a donkey? To show humility and peace. His first act is to cleanse the Temple so that it would … Continue reading

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May 3: greatness (2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalm 2; Matthew 20)

Today is a new day. There are plenty of things that we want to accomplish and must accomplish today. But by the end of this day when we look back over the day, what will we see? King David wanted to … Continue reading

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