Hearing that we are loved may be old news, but it's a foundational truth that helps us in times of failure. I reflect on this as we look at Luke 3:15-22.
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When (not if) we fail in our lives, the temptation is to obsess about the failure and believe that we're the only one who has failed in this particular way. That, of course, isn't true and Luke 17:11-19 shows us that Jesus offers a way to respond to perceived failures.
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There are days when we may feel great about our bodies and celebrate them and there are also days when we wonder if we can return our bodies for a refund, especially those who combat disease or struggle with illness. What do we do if our bodies feel broken? Some thoughts on this using Mark 5:35-44.
Having the courage to speak up can be challenging sometimes and it's even more of a challenge to figure out what words to use. Words are particularly important during Palm Sunday and that's what I reflect on this week using Matthew 21:1-11.
When we're in the wilderness, a map is often a helpful tool to help us navigate. Do we have a map for our faith lives when we feel like we're lost or don't know where to go? Jesus certainly thought so. This podcast focuses on the power of Scriptures as a guide as it focues on Matthew 4:3-7 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
What does the wilderness mean to you? Sometimes it can be a time of renewal as we connect with God's creation. Other times, it might create a little anxiety as we're never quite sure what we'll experience when we go there. What did Jesus experience when he went into the wilderness? That's that I reflect on in this podcast, paying particular attention to Matthew 4:1-2.