Tuesday, April 15, 2014

(April 6) Sunday Snippet

Ezekiel 37:1-14

As we make our way toward Calvary, and we come to the place where they crucified our Lord, Golgotha, a name which means “the Skull,” we are being challenged by God to stop dwelling over dry bones . . . and instead . . . start clinging to the resurrecting power of the Cross.

Like Ezekiel, we are being asked to believe in the impossible!  But more than that, we are being reminded that it is one thing to believe God can accomplish the impossible . . . and quite another to become personally involved in the process.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

(March 23) Sunday Snippet

John 4:1-26

General Robert E. Lee was a devout follower of Jesus Christ. It is said that soon after the end of the American Civil War he visited a church in Washington, D.C., where during the communion service he knelt down at the altar beside a black man.  An onlooker who saw this later said to him, “How could you do such a thing?” General Lee replied, “My friend, all ground is level beneath the Cross.”
And so John’s gospel comes along today on this third Sunday of Lent and we go to a place where we did not expect to go -- beneath the Cross where all ground is level -- we go to the city of Sychar, a name that means “falsehood” and there in that town of false belief we encounter a woman we would likely characterize as being the least likely of all people in the Bible to introduce us to the good news; for it was there in that village of false perspective, in a highly public place where Jesus raised eyebrows in his typical unconventional manner.  He should not be speaking to a woman in the first-place (every good Rabbi knows that) let alone talking to a member of a tribe of people long-despised by the Jews.  Nonetheless. . . 

By declaring to the woman at the well that she was worthy to receive the life Jesus came to give . . . he was also declaring that ALL are worthy drink from the well of God’s new-life-giving water.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sunday Snippet

“For just as through the disobedience of the one man 
the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience 
of the one man the many will be made righteous.”  
―Romans 5:19

Lent is the season to take care of inward brokenness; a time when we acknowledge that not all is well with our soul, and lament the pain of so many people in our world.  Lent reminds us that it is one of the most sensible yet one of the most brutally realistic seasons of the year.

Like swimming, it reminds us that life should not be lived in the absence of a Savior.  The good news of Lent is that it also reminds us we have a Savior -- one who has not forgotten us but forgiven us; that is the promise God made to us on the Cross.   

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