Twelve Years of Life, Twelve Years of Death

Text: Luke 8:40-56
Dr. Peter Green

Luke’s account of the 12-year-old girl who Jesus raised from the dead and His healing of the woman who had an issue of blood for 12 years illustrate how Jesus treats us differently because He loves us the same. The common theme for both examples is that Jesus responds to our faith and belief in Him. We may not always understand His response but we can have assurance that it is out of His love for us.

Getting Through the Storm

Text: Mark 4:35-41
Rev. Bob Weeber

Before Jesus calmed the sea on the Sea of Galilee, his disciples on the boat were terrified. Their fear revealed their lack of understanding about who Jesus is. He was fully human in that he was exhausted and asleep in the boat after a long day of ministering to others. Jesus revealed his fully divine nature by  rebuking the storm to demonstrate that all things were created through him and for him (Colossians 1:16). We can take solace that Jesus is in control of all things and when we place our trust in him, we can trust him to be there in the midst of our trials.

The Church: The City of the Great King

Text: Psalm 48
Stewart Bair

 

In today’s text, the psalmist describes several characteristics of the Church, beginning with the Church gathered on Mt. Zion from the times of the Old Testament, but extending to the contemporary Church, the new Mt. Zion which is wherever God’s people gather to worship. Despite the concerns we may have as we look at current conditions in our nation and the world, the future of the Church is secure because it is our God who firmly establishes it.

Implications of the Incarnation

Text: John 1:1-18
Mr. Brian Shirak

Christianity is about our relationship with a person, the Word made flesh, Jesus. That the transcendent God of the universe chose in love to dwell among us by his incarnation has tremendous implications for our lives. May we be moved to wonder, to lives of worship and to intentionally leave our places of comfort to share the gospel with those who are not like us.

Faith Full of Assurance

Text: Habakkuk 3:16-19
RE John Tittle

God loves us and is good to us even in the uncertainties and trials of life. When faced with such challenging circumstances, we are called to fasten our gaze upon God. In doing so, we will be awestruck by his goodness even while being honest about real difficulties. We are called to joyful living by faith in our God who is both Savior and Sovereign.

The Pharisee and the Prostitute

Text: Luke 7:36-50
Dr. Peter Green

In Jesus’ interactions at the home of Simon the Pharisee, Jesus reveals himself to be the truly divine prophet ushering in the year of the Lord’s favor (Isaiah 61:1-3). He is building a community centered around his forgiveness and love, one that welcomes repentant sinners. As a result, we have freedom to acknowledge our own sin and also to welcome the broken sinner into our midst.

Resurrection. Now What?

Text: Colossians 3:1-4
Rev. Mark Robinson

People hold various views on the historical reality of the Resurrection. For those who are in Christ, united with him, we are called to personal participation in his death and resurrection along with all of the benefits that ensue. In light of Easter, we are called to set our affections on things above and publicly proclaim the reign of our Savior who is already seated at the right hand of the Father to establish his eternal and universal kingdom, whether by mercy or by might.

The Steadfast Love of God

Text: Psalm 90
Mr. Brian Shirak

In this oldest of the Psalms, a Psalm of Moses, we are reminded of the transient nature of human life shown in stark relief against the eternal, steadfast love of God. May we seek wisdom by putting away everything else that competes for our affection and be deeply satisfied with making our dwelling place the only thing that will last forever, the hesed, steadfast love of God.

Faith Full of Assurance

Text: Habakkuk 3:1-15
RE John Tittle

In the midst of the ongoing trials and confusion that are an inevitable part of life, what should be our proper approach to God? Today the prophet instructs us that as we shift our perspective off of the confusion and onto God, our attitude will be transformed from confusion into humility and reverence. May we seek to become radically God-centered as that will enable us to live a life of steadfast faith.

Baptism of the Beloved Son

Text: Luke 3:1-3, 15-22
Dr. Peter Green

One of the deepest longings of the human heart is an answer to the question, “Am I loved?” In today’s text concerning the baptism of Jesus, we see God tear open the fabric of heaven to proclaim his love for his Son. Even more astonishing is the realization that, as Jesus identifies with us by his baptism, in our own baptism we are united to Christ. That means that what is true of Jesus is true of us, and we are marked as belonging to God and being loved by him.