For the time being, we are hindered from gathering together due to the COVID-19 crisis, but we remain one body. The aim of this space is to remind you to keep looking to Jesus; and in remembering him as our Head, we know that we collectively belong to him as well as one to another. Over the course of this crisis, we will provide short reflections and devotions from Scripture, prayers, and wisdom to help you navigate these trying times.
With the world in the throes of a pandemic, it is very clear that things are not how they are supposed to be. We were not created to cower in fear or to shelter in place. We were created to flourish, create, and provide. This Eastertime, let us not spend too much time focused on our fears and anxieties, but instead on the glory of the resurrection and Christ’s victory over death.... Keep Reading
What is Jesus doing when he curses the fig tree? In this seemingly odd story, Jesus delivers a warning to those Israelites who, like the fig tree, are in danger of withering away. Are you producing leaves but no fruit? How can you experience the forgiveness and fruit-bearing life that only comes through the cross?... Keep Reading
Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem for the Passover feast is one of the most joy-filled events in his life. This Palm Sunday, don’t let the familiarity of the event lull you into lethargy. Reflect on the triumphal entry as seen through the eyes of Matthew the tax collector, Mark the landowner, Luke the physician, and John the fisherman.... Keep Reading
How do we stop being anxious about our earthly needs? The answer lies in giving up our trust in our resources and instead investing in God’s kingdom by giving to the needy. Where we place our deposits — in an earthly treasury or a heavenly one — not only indicates what we value, but also shapes what we value, because with each deposit we choose where to place our trust.... Keep Reading
As if we were suddenly thrown into the sea, we have probably spent the better part of these past few weeks just trying to figure out which way is up to catch our breath. All this disorientation leaves us looking for direction and solutions, and that can keep going without end — even in the way we come before the Lord. Thanksgiving is not merely our response to answered prayers and our subsequent relief. Thanksgiving, as Paul sees it, is an essential quality of anxiety-relieving, peace-finding prayer.... Keep Reading
There will be times when we will experience difficult things that may tarry for the night. Collectively, we are tarrying in the night, restlessly waiting for relief. David tells us that joy comes with the morning. As surely as the sun will rise tomorrow morning, all of this will soon be over and we will look back on this fearful season with a renewed perspective. But, for now we have to wait for first light, and pray. How should we wait and pray in a time like this? David helps us. ... Keep Reading