Category: UCC

27
Oct

The Opportunity of the Fire

Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in […]

26
Oct

123

I am 59, with a few things I am proud of doing, and good work still to do, I hope. What would I do if I had the gift of 123 years? What would you? Source link

25
Oct

I Believe We Will Win!

For the love of God is this, that we obey God’s commandments. And God’s commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. – 1 John 5:3-4 (NRSV) In the cold of a Chicago January, I stood outside Terminal 5 […]

24
Oct

I’m Back! – United Church of Christ

When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus raised from the dead. Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus. – John 12:9-11 (NLT) Some […]

23
Oct

Burning

God, set fire to our hearts instead of the world: that we can learn to live with and not against the Earth, and the people who know Her best. Source link

22
Oct

Dude in the Ditch – United Church of Christ

Jesus said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. … When a Samaritan saw him, he was moved with pity.” – Luke 10:29-30 & 33 (NRSV) As I was taught this parable while growing […]

21
Oct

Longing for Sanctuary – United Church of Christ

I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary, beholding thy power and glory. – Psalm 63:2 (RSV) Tradition has it that Psalm 63 was composed by David when he was in the Judean desert on the run from King Saul. Modern commentators dispute his authorship, but the psalm certainly describes David’s desperation as he fled […]

20
Oct

Vashti – United Church of Christ

On the seventh day [of the banquet], when the king was merry with wine, he commanded the eunuchs who attended him to bring Queen Vashti before the king, wearing the royal crown, in order to show the peoples and the officials her beauty … but Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command conveyed […]

19
Oct

Shackles of Defeat – United Church of Christ

I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. – Philippians 1:13b-14 (NIV) The apostle Paul spent a good portion of his Christian life in prison thanks to a state […]

18
Oct

Keeping Promises – United Church of Christ

Fulfill what you vow. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not fulfill it. – Ecclesiastes 5:4b-5 (NRSV) We only make vows on special occasions. Weddings, ordinations, baptisms. A promise to God is serious business. Carmen was a member of our church, an older man who usually wore […]