Practice

14 Jesus was throwing out a demon that causes muteness. When the demon was gone, the man who couldn’t speak began to talk. The crowds were amazed. 15 But some of them said, “He throws out demons with the authority of Beelzebul, the ruler of demons.” 16 Others were testing him, seeking a sign from heaven. 17 Because Jesus knew whatContinue reading “Practice”

Happy People

1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up a mountain. He sat down and his disciples came to him. 2 He taught them, saying:3 “Happy are people who are hopeless, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.4 “Happy are people who grieve, because they will be made glad.5 “Happy are people who are humble, because they will inherit theContinue reading “Happy People”

Praise to our trustworthy God

1Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. 3Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. 4When their breath departs, they return to the earth; onContinue reading “Praise to our trustworthy God”

An Exorcism, Riot, and Jail

16 One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. 17While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, ‘These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a wayContinue reading “An Exorcism, Riot, and Jail”

We Love Because God First Loved Us

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.Continue reading “We Love Because God First Loved Us”

God’s Tangible Word of Life

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life thatContinue reading “God’s Tangible Word of Life”

The Happy Home of the Faithful

Happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways. You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you. (Psalm 128:1-2, NRSV) Interesting the reading here says happy and the image says blessed. Same word different translation. So does blessed meanContinue reading “The Happy Home of the Faithful”

God the Creator and Provider

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it. (Psalm 104:24-26, NRSV) GodContinue reading “God the Creator and Provider”

ASAP

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick,Continue reading “ASAP”