Forgiveness

Luke 6:27-38 (NRSV) Before I talk about this morning’s scripture reading which is about forgiveness, I want to go to a story in Genesis, Chapter 45, which is about Joseph and his brothers and his rise to power.  I am sure most of you are familiar with this story which...

Death by Chocolate

“Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.” — Ephesians 5:8-10 (NRSV) Dear Friends, Except for the fact that I could not for the life of me get my bow tie on...

God Was in This Place

Second Kings 5:1-17 (CEB) This story of the healing of Naaman is another one of my Old Testament favorites. It takes place in the latter part of the ninth century B.C. Ancient Syria, which was then called Aram, had recently won a military victory over Israel, with...

Let’s Go Fishing

Luke 5:1-11 (NRSV) The Gospel of Luke is different in many ways from the other Gospels, and one of the differences is that he writes very little about the first year of Jesus’ ministry.  That first year of his ministry was spent getting as many people as possible to...

The Hindsight of God

Exodus 33:12-23 (CEB) You know, the Bible is full of some really fascinating stories. This one, about Moses, is one of my favorites. We are most familiar with Moses of course because he led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. They gained their freedom, crossed the...