Archive for February, 2014|Monthly archive page

Redrawing The Boundaries

It’s one thing to live your life for the benefit of those who are close to you, but to make yourself available to those you don’t know – and even more so, to those who may seek to take advantage of you – well, that’s a tall order. And yet that’s the way we’ll need to live if we want to reflect the love of God to the world around us. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Psalm 119:33-40; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23; Matthew 5:38-48

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Choose Well = Live Well. Sometimes

Where in Old Testament times God seems to offer ‘blessings and a successful life’ conditional on Israelite behaviour, Jesus acknowledges the nuances of living the way our Creator desires. Jesus issues a high call for us to implement God’s values into all aspects of our life, while recognizing that there is nothing simple about that, especially in light of the complexities of human relationships.

Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37

Salt and Light

As Jesus invited people to follow him, he did so with great expectations, describing his listeners as some of the most essential elements in the world – salt and light. For the project He continues to invite us into, he needs people who will embrace that kind of responsibility and be willing to go to great lengths for His sake. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 112:1-9 (10); 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16); Matthew 5:13-20

Blessed Are You

The Sermon on the Mount stands as one of the most thorough descriptions of life in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus began this teaching with a series of backward-sounding statements, known as ‘the Beatitudes,’ in which he painted a picture of a life almost too good to be true. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12