Archive for February, 2015

Second Sunday of Lent 2015 – Romans 4:20-21

Friday, February 27, 2015

Romans 4:20-21No distrust made Abraham waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.

I remember singing a song as a young boy that had the line, “Take it to the Lord in prayer.”  I loved singing this song many years ago.  As an adult, I must admit that I often fail to take it to the Lord in prayer first, opting for going my own way or seeking counsel from friends.

Understanding God, help us to become frequent seekers of your guidance through regular conversations with you.  Amen.

Second Sunday of Lent 2015 – Mark 8:34

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mark 8:34He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

If you are like me, your life is highly compartmentalized.  You have your work life, your family life, your church life, and maybe your social life, but there isn’t much crossover between these various lives.  Our verse today reminds us that God wants to be an active presence in all aspects of our lives.

Merciful God, help us to remain mindful of you in all we do today and every day.  Amen.

Second Sunday of Lent 2015 – Mark 8:31

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mark 8:31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

There are passages in the Bible where I find myself having to pause to let the particular verse sink in.  Jesus is telling the disciples about his own death in the not too distant future.  Despite this knowledge, Jesus kept ministering.

Loving God, help us to persevere toward what is right, even when right is a dangerously difficult choice.  Amen.

Second Sunday of Lent 2015 – Genesis 17:5, 15

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Genesis 17:5, 15“No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations…God said to Abraham, As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.”

For a while, I tried to call myself Bill instead of Butch.  This didn’t work too well, because for my closest friends, I asked them to call me Butch.  I marked them as special by asking them to call me by a different name.

Loving God, help us to mark ourselves in ways that people can see that we are yours.  Amen.

Second Sunday of Lent 2015 – Genesis 17:1-2

Monday, February 23, 2015 

We are entering our first full week of the Lenten season for 2015, and this week we consider the covenant God made with Abraham.  Our lectionary selections for this week include: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22:23-31, Romans 4:13-25, and Mark 8:31-38 or Mark 9:2-9.

Genesis 17:1-2When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless.  And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.”

In the verses prior to these, Abram was promised descendants as numerous as the stars, and Hagar, Sarai’s slave, has borne Abram’s first son, Ishmael.  Thirteen years have passed since Ishmael’s birth, and God covenants with Abram to make him the father of many nations.

Almighty God, help us to remember that with you nothing is impossible.  Amen.

First Sunday of Lent 2015 – Mark 1:14-15

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mark 1:14-15Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

With today’s passage we pause and remember that being faithful isn’t always easy or safe.  Our prayer today is for our own steadfastness.

Almighty God, strengthen us to be faithful to you at all times, especially at those times when following you might lead to scorn, ridicule or even harm.  Amen. ​

First Sunday of Lent 2015 – Mark 1:12-13

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mark 1:12-13And the Spirit immediately drove Jesus out into the wilderness.  He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

As we enter the somber season of Lent, we can remember that God is with us at all times, even in our darkest hours.

Ever-present God, help us to see the angels around us every day.  Amen.


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