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Bible Study: Proper 19 (A) – 2020

September 13, 2020

Exodus 14:19-31 The Israelites have escaped their enslavers and are on the way to the land God had promised to them. From the Egyptians’ perspective, however, these Israelites are their rightful possessions that have been stolen away from them. On top of that, these Israelites are responsible for plagues that have laid waste to their […]

Bible Study: Christmas 2 – 2020

January 05, 2020

Jeremiah 31:7-14 Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of what is really important in life. The people of God have struggled to keep their end of the covenant with God, and every time they stray, disaster befalls them. In the Deuteronomic Code, they have been given numerous and detailed examples for how to love […]

Bible Study: Proper 19 (A) – 2017

September 17, 2017

Exodus 14:19-31 The Israelites have escaped their enslavers and are on the way to the land God had promised to them. From the Egyptians’ perspective, however, these Israelites are their rightful possessions that have been stolen away from them. On top of that, these Israelites are responsible for plagues that have laid waste to their […]

Bible Study: Day of Pentecost (A) – 2017

June 05, 2017

Acts 2:1-21 The Holy Spirit empowers people in many different ways, but these gifts carry with them a responsibility to share them with others. By the grace of God, the Holy Spirit gives some the ability to withstand great trials and adversity (look at the Judges) and others inspiration to see great truths (see the […]

Bible Study: Easter 7 (B) – 2015

May 17, 2015

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Trying to discern God’s will for our lives is a serious matter. We make decisions and choose courses of action all the time that we hope are for the best, but many of us would desperately love to know what God would have us do. Whether we are casting lots, randomly picking […]

Bible Study: Palm Sunday (B) – 2015

March 29, 2015

Isaiah 50:4-9a Palm Sunday is the transition point between Lent and Holy Week, making it a particularly fitting time to reflect upon one’s relationship with God. The prophet Isaiah beseeched the people of God again and again to attend to their relationship with God, yet throughout the Old Testament, the Israelites struggled. They struggled because […]

Bible Study: Lent 1 (B) – 2015

February 22, 2015

Genesis 9:8-17 As human beings, we seek to make sense of our world and our existence in it. We love to find explanations and bring meaning to what is happening around us. Early civilizations fashioned stories about why it rains long before the science of precipitation was understood, because we just had to know why […]

Bible Study: Christmas 2 – 2015

January 04, 2015

Jeremiah 31:7-14 Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of what is really important in life. The people of God have struggled to keep their end of the covenant with God, and every time they stray, disaster befalls them. In the Deuteronomic Code, they have been given numerous and detailed examples for how to love […]

Bible Study: All Saints’ Day (A) – 2014

November 02, 2014

Revelation 7:9-17 First-century Christians understood the Revelation to John is not predicting future events exactly as they are going to unfold. Rather, it revealed some truth to strengthen them during the trials they faced. The fledgling church was composed of little pockets of Christian communities. They were surrounded by harsh opposition from the larger communities […]

Bible Study: Proper 19 (A) – 2014

September 14, 2014

Exodus 14:19-31 The Israelites have escaped their enslavers and are on the way to the land God had promised to them. From the Egyptians’ perspective, however, these Israelites are their rightful possessions that have been stolen away from them. On top of that, these Israelites are responsible for plagues that have laid waste to their […]

Bible Study: Day of Pentecost (A) – 2014

June 08, 2014

Acts 2:1-21 The Holy Spirit empowers people in many different ways, but these gifts carry with them a responsibility to share them with others. By the grace of God, the Holy Spirit gives some the ability to withstand great trials and adversity (look at the Judges) and others inspiration to see great truths (see the […]

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