December 16: What’s In a Name | Matthew 1:20-21 An angel visits Joseph and tells him they will call their child Jesus, which is the same name as Joshua. How does this name convey to us that Jesus is here
December 9: “Repentance” | Luke 3:1-18 John the Baptist came to declare that the Kingdom of God was at hand and to call God’s people to repentance. Repentance is spelled out in very concrete human terms.
December 2: “Ready” | Luke 21:25-36 The season of Advent is not only a remembrance of those who awaited the coming of Jesus the Messiah, but also a reminder that we still await his coming in power.
November 18:“Child on Loan” | 1 Samuel 1:4-20 Hannah makes a vow that if God answers her prayer to mother a child, she will dedicate him to Temple service. Samuel will become the prophet that anoints the great King David.
November 11: “Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop” | Ruth 3:1-5, 4:1-10 Much is made of Ruth’s pledge to Naomi in the early part of this book, but this is only the first of several significant pledges that are
November 4: “Urban Renewal” | Revelation 21:1-7 All Saints Day, Holy Communion, Bring a Friend This passage describes a “New Jerusalem” in ways that harken to a glorious past, present, and future in which we are invited to be a
October 28: How to Swallow a Camel | Matthew 23:23-26 This passage reminds us that the Tithe is subject to becoming a mechanical response, devoid of heart. It also reminds us that a portion of the Tithe (SEE Deuteronomy 14:29) was
October 21: A Shared Offering | Deuteronomy 14:22-27 This passage is one of those handed down through Moses to institute the Tithe among God’s people. We usually think of offerings on the Temple Altar as being consumed by fire. In
October 14: First Communion | Genesis 14:14-20 After a military victory, Abraham gives thanks by giving Melchizedek a tenth of all that he had. This spontaneous act of generosity is in thanksgiving for deliverance for both Abraham and his family. The book
October 7: Head Turners | Matthew 6:19-24 This message sets the tone for the series, reminding us how easily money can become an idol in our lives (no one can serve two masters) and how powerful our use of wealth can