CategorySunday Preview

Weekly previews of the scripture for the upcoming Sunday, with preaching and home devotional questions for your reflection.

Pentecost 6 Preview

“But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 Jesus’ admonishment to Martha in this Sunday’s reading from Luke acts as a reminder that Jesus is…

Pentecost 5 Preview

“But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” -Luke 10:29 The Parable of the Good Samaritan is probably one of the most well known parables that Jesus taught. But it was probably one of the most scandalous as well. Samaritans were hated by the Jews and for Jesus to use…

Pentecost 4 Preview

“The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.”  -Luke 10:1 Close your eyes and picture Jesus and his followers together. Most likely we either picture Jesus sitting around with the twelve disciples or standing in the midst of…

Pentecost 3 Worship Preview

“ For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Galatians 5:13-14)  We have no good apart from God. That…

Pentecost 2 Preview

“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.”  -Luke 8:39 Our Bible readings for this Sunday point to the ways God frees us from our personal chains. In our Gospel reading from Luke 8:26-39, we read about a man who has lost his identity to the demons that afflict him.…

Easter 7 Preview

“… that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” -John 17:23 In Sunday’s Gospel lesson from John 17:20-26, Jesus prays for all disciples who follow him. Including us. His prayer is for unity. The unity of…

If……………, and [then]…

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, they will obey [keep] my word, and my Father will love them, and [then] we will come to them and take up residence with [remain in] them. The person who does not love me does not obey [keep] my words.” John 14: 23-24 A reply that begins with the…

Second Sunday of Easter Preview

“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” (John 20:29)  In spite of all we have heard and all that we have seen, it is often hard to believe. Because it is hard to believe, we will invest ourselves in the Easter…

Easter Sunday Preview

They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you…

Essential Oil

As a Christian, are you more pragmatic or compassionate? Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him) said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” He said this not because he cared… John 12:4-6. Characters in the Bible sometimes…