New Beginnings – Peter

Between a Rock and a Hard Place Peter was a good guy. Right? I think we would count Peter as a good guy. But Peter was incredibly flawed. Which is both good and bad. It is good because we are all flawed, and if Jesus can use Peter, then Jesus can use all of us. … Read more

New Beginnings – Mary

When God Interrupts “I just want to know and do God’s will for my life.” It’s a fairly common refrain among people of faith. I am certain I myself have spoken or thought it numerous times, and perhaps you have as well. We want to know and do God’s will for us–we truly do! The … Read more

New Beginnings – Moses

He Had Lots of Chances of Turning Back, But He Didn’t “He had lots of chances of turning back, but he didn’t.”  This is a quotation (or at least very similar to a quotation) from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. In this quote, a hobbit (basically a short being who is not renowned in … Read more

New Beginnings – Abraham

The God of Oppotunity Have you ever noticed that God offers new beginnings time after time? God is ever-patient with each and everyone of us, and God offers us a new chance as often as we need it. It’s part of the reason why so many people are drawn to the love of God–because his … Read more

Resources

As 2020 comes to a close, it is always appropriate to look back and reflect as well as to think towards the coming year and the opportunities that a fresh year can provide to us. Below, you will find a series of resources for spiritual, mental, and physical health. As we conclude this year, ask … Read more

This Christmas

Kings, Magi, and Shepherds We celebrate Christmas every year on December 25th. And every year, there seems to be more and more to do just to pull off this holiday. There are decorations to set out. There are presents to purchase for loved ones and friends, and then to wrap and place under a tree. … Read more

Galatians 6

The Measure of Your Life Here in chapter 6, Paul is ready to conclude his letter to the Galatian churches, but the task of living faithfully remains in front of all who call on the name of Jesus. You see, Paul has given the Galatians a clear directive all throughout this letter. It is not … Read more

Galatians 5

Live by the Spirit In Galatians 5, we see Paul continue his spirited opposition to requiring ritual practices to the message of the Gospel. Paul continues to preach that circumcision is not required as entry into the new covenant that is offered through the sacrifice of Jesus. And yet, even more so, Paul is not … Read more

Galatians 4

Reading Scripture as an Allegory Allegory can be a difficult word to use or to understand when it comes to Scripture. For some, it is a word that makes our skin crawl with discomfort. For others, it opens the door to a wide range of possibilities that might frighten us, or maybe excite us about … Read more

Galatians 3

The Law as Custodian As the story of Scripture progresses in the Bible, particularly in the New Testament, we begin to see a battle of sorts play out. The battle is between the works of the Law and faith in Jesus (or perhaps the faithfulness of Jesus which brought redemption to all of humanity at … Read more