Divorce (2/28/13)

Read: Leviticus 22:17-23:44, Mark 9:30-10:12, Psalm 44:1-8, Proverbs 10:19 Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together. (Mark 10:8-9) Relate: In 2009, 1,159,307 marriages ended in divorce. One million, one hundred fifty-nine thousand, three hundred seven couples said we can’t continue this anymore. That’s more than three thousand one…

Faith Seeking Understanding (2/27/13)

Read: Leviticus 20:22-22:16, Mark 9:1-29, Psalm 43:1-5, Proverbs 10:18 The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”       (Mark 924) Relate: Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief. Anselm calls it “Faith seeking understanding.” I know God is good, but I do not know how His goodness will be seen…

Vampires Are Evil (2/25/13)

Read: Leviticus 16:29-18:30, Mark 7:24-8:10, Psalm 41:1-13, Proverbs 10:15-16 If any native Israelite or foreigner living among you eats or drinks blood in any form, I will turn against that person and cut him off from the community of your people.           (Leviticus 17:10) Relate: Twilight. Once upon a time the word would…

Two Birds (2/23/13)

Read: Leviticus 14:1-57, Mark 6:30-56, Psalm 40:1-10, Proverbs 10:11-12 The priest will then sprinkle the blood of the dead bird seven times on the person being purified of the skin disease. When the priest has purified the person, he will release the live bird in the open field to fly away. (Leviticus 14:7) Relate: Oh great. infectious skin…

Returning Home Different (2/22/13)

Read: Leviticus 13:1-59, Mark 6:1-29, Psalm 39:1-13, Proverbs 10:10 Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown… They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?”… They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. (Mark 6:1-3) Relate: It was a frustrating…

It’s Too Much, Stop

Read: Exodus 35:10-36:38, Matthew 27:32-66, Psalm 34:1-10, Proverbs 9:7-8 So Moses gave the command, and this message was sent throughout the camp: “Men and women, don’t prepare any more gifts for the sanctuary. We have enough!” So the people stopped bringing their sacred offerings. (Exodus 36:6) Relate: Today is ash Wednesday. It begins the season of Lent.…

Which Jesus? (2/12/13)

Read: Exodus 34:1-35:9, Matthew 27:15-31, Psalm 33:12-22, Proverbs 9:1-6 As the crowds gathered before Pilate’s house that morning, he asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you—Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah? (Matthew 27:17) Relate:  Jesus was a very common name. In fact, Josephus, the famous historian of Israel around…