God of Love and Compassion

The gospel reading from Mark 8: 1-8 tells the story of the feeding of the four thousand. In this account, Jesus entered into the situation of the people who were following him. He saw and felt what they did and understood what would happen were they to go on without …

Bible Moment – Having Faith

A friend of mine asked me this morning what is faith. Is it magic or a panacea? I defined it this way. ‘It is a knowing and understanding that whatever is happening God is in the midst of it and all will be well.’  The King James version in Hebrews …

The Rest that transcends Sleep.

Mark 1: 29-45 [note verse 35 highlighted below] “In the morning while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed…” In today’s reading Jesus is very busy! He had moved from the synagogue to Peter’s house, hoping perhaps for …

A Call to Discipleship

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’…Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used …

What God Requires

Isaiah 58: 1-9 ‘Why do we fast, but you do not see?    Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?’Look, you serve your own interest on your fast-day,    and oppress all your workers… A Moment to Ponder On one occasion I was running out of gas in my car. So naturally, …

Hope in God: Expect Great Things from Him

Bible Verse: Romans 15:13 (NIV) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Take a moment to ponder: It is unlikely that there will be disagreement to …

Bible Moment: Called by God’s Name

“If my people who are called by my Name, humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) Take a Moment to Ponder We seem to have many expectations …

God is doing more than you think

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. Matthew 16:16-17 A Moment to Ponder Someone posed this question; “What …

Jesus our Hope

Matthew 16:21-23, Matthew 17:22-23, & Matthew 20:17-19 Jesus predicts his death, and resurrection at least three times in the gospel of Matthew. Take a Moment to Ponder Within the animal kingdom there are two most known enemies, they are the snake, and the mongoose. In India the king cobra, and …

Mandated to oversee the flock

John 21:1-19 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2 Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin,[ Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 3 Simon Peter said …

Be Steadfast!

1 Peter 1:13-16 13 Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. 14 Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. 15 Instead, as he who called you is holy, …