“The Very Stones Would Cry Out”

Luke 19:28-40 (GNT) Fellowship of Faith @ St. John’s Meadows April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday   Luke 19:28-40  (GNT) 28 After Jesus said this, he went on in front of them toward Jerusalem. 29 As he came near Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead 30 with these instructions: “Go to the village there ahead of you; as you go in, you will find a colt tied up that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If someone asks you why you are untying it, tell him that the Master[a] needs it.” 32 They went on their way … Continue reading “The Very Stones Would Cry Out”

“A Gallery of the Spirit”

Isaiah 43:16-21 (NIV); John 12:1-11 (TLB) Fellowship of Faith @ St. John’s Meadows April 7, 2019   John 12:1-11  (TLB) Six days before the Passover ceremonies began, Jesus arrived in Bethany where Lazarus was—the man he had brought back to life. 2 A banquet was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus sat at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took a jar of costly perfume made from essence of nard, and anointed Jesus’ feet with it and wiped them with her hair. And the house was filled with fragrance. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples—the one who would betray him—said, 5 “That … Continue reading “A Gallery of the Spirit”

“For Everyone Born?”

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (TLB) Fellowship of Faith @ St. John’s Meadows March 31, 2019 2 Corinthians 5:16-21(TLB) So stop evaluating Christians by what the world thinks about them or by what they seem to be like on the outside. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, merely as a human being like myself. How differently I feel now! 17 When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun! 18 All these new things are from God who brought us back to himself through what Christ Jesus did. And … Continue reading “For Everyone Born?”

“Dry and Weary Deserts”

Psalm 138:1-2, 7-8 (NRSV) Fellowship of Faith @ St. John’s Meadows March 24, 2019   Psalm 138:1-2, 7-8 (NRSV) I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; You stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; … Continue reading “Dry and Weary Deserts”

“The Kingdom of What?”

Psalm 27:1-8 (TLB) Fellowship of Faith @ St. John’s Meadows (immediately following the massacre of Muslim worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand) March 17, 2019   Psalm 27:1-8 (TLB) The Lord is my light and my salvation; he protects me from danger—whom shall I fear? 2 When evil men come to destroy me, they will stumble and fall! 3 Yes, though a mighty army marches against me, my heart shall know no fear! I am confident that God will save me. 4 The one thing I want from God, the thing I seek most of all, is the privilege of meditating in his Temple, living in … Continue reading “The Kingdom of What?”

“Believing is Seeing”

Luke 98:28-36 (GNT) Fellowship of Faith @ St. John’s Meadows March 10, 2019  Luke 9:28-36  (GNT) 28 About a week after he had said these things, Jesus took Peter, John, and James with him and went up a hill to pray. 29 While he was praying, his face changed its appearance, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly two men were there talking with him. They were Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in heavenly glory and talked with Jesus about the way in which he would soon fulfill God’s purpose by dying in Jerusalem.  32 Peter and his companions were sound asleep, but they woke … Continue reading “Believing is Seeing”

“Three Parables, Ashes, and Communion”

Luke 6:39-49 (NIV) Fellowship of Faith @ St. John’s Meadows March 3, 2019   Luke 6:39-42 (NIV) 39 [Jesus] also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. 41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the … Continue reading “Three Parables, Ashes, and Communion”