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John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’
Paul, urging an early church to persevere, tells this struggling congregation to take heart by singing of the coming reign of Christ.
Even in the midst of difficult times the prophet resolves to take joy in God’s salvation.
Today we celebrate All Saints Day to honor and remember those who have finished the race and gone to be with The Lord.
On his way through Jericho, Jesus scandalizes the crowd by inviting himself to dinner at a rich man who is the most notorious sinner in town. “Today salvation has come to this household,” says Jesus in reply to the complaining crowd.
Jesus tells a story of two men who went up to the temple to pray. One was a good, righteous Pharisee; the other was a disreputable but deeply repentant tax collector. When the two men went home from the temple, one was justified (made right by God), the other was not.
Jesus tells a parable about a widow who was persistent in her demands for justice, saying that her actions are a parable about prayer.
The story of the grateful Samaritan offers us another image of who and what matters to Jesus and should, therefore, matter to us.
In response to his disciples’ request, “Increase our faith,” Jesus tells two parables: the mustard seed and the dutiful servants.
Jesus tells a parable of a rich man and a poor man named Lazarus.
Jeremiah speaks of the despair and anguish in captive Israel.
When criticized for eating and drinking with sinners, Jesus tells the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin.
Before vast crowds, Jesus speaks of the high cost of following him as he journeys toward the cross.
While at the table Jesus tells some parables that give guidance on whom to invite and how to conduct ourselves as participants in God’s coming kingdom.
God tells the young Jeremiah that God has called him to be a “prophet to the nations” and gives him the words to speak.
Guest Speaker Meg Estrada teaches on the importance of authenticity in prayer.
The writer to the Hebrews speaks of the nature of faith, “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Jesus is asked to intervene in a dispute between two brothers about the distribution of their family inheritance. Jesus says, “Guard yourself against all kinds of greed.” Then he tells a parable of the rich man who was also a very foolish man.
“Teach us to pray,” asked Jesus’ disciples. In response, Jesus gave them a model prayer and also told them a parable about persistence in prayer.
Jesus visits the home of his good friends Mary and Martha and there he instructs them.
Amos speaks sternly to Israel about the judgments of God.
Jesus sends out the seventy-two to perform his wondrous works in the world and to proclaim that “the kingdom of God has come near.
Would-be followers of Jesus meet him on the road to Jerusalem, but Jesus meets them with strong words about the cost of following Jesus.
Jesus casts out Demons and drives them into a herd of pigs.