Month: January 2012

Psalm 147 – Gathered and healed

PSALM 147:1-11, 20C 1   Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. 2   The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. 3   He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. 4   He determines the number of the stars; he …

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Isaiah 40:21-31 – Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength

ISAIAH 40:21-31 21  Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22  It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and …

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Mark 1:22-28 – Being possessed…

I have a nagging hunch that the gospel’s power in our own time is about to be manifested in a manner as repugnant to the sensibilities of the society at large, and all of us who have accommodated ourselves to it, as the early Christian message was to Roman paganism. Our society is possessed, Christians as …

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Sit and listen with new ears

MARK 1:21-28 Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you. Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath. It is the sabbath, and you have come to the synagogue. There is a new teacher, one you do not know. This voice captures you.  The teaching is authoritative like …

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