Archive for July, 2014|Monthly archive page

Parables of the Kingdom

Most of us appreciate a good story – and that’s exactly what Jesus gives us, time and time again, as he tries to explain what the kingdom of heaven is like. The question for us, then, is how these short stories will impact the narrative of our lives. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: 1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Leave Well Enough Alone

The world we live in is both producing life and choking it out at the same time. When Jesus told his disciples a parable to illustrate this, he cautioned them to leave the ‘weeds’ alone until he dealt with sin and evil once and for all. In the mean time, good and evil will continue to grow, side by side… (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Isaiah 44:6-8; Psalm 86:11-17; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Birds, Rocks, Thorns, and Soil

All around us (and even within us sometimes) we find examples of people who encounter the message about the kingdom of God, and yet struggle to put it into practice. What’s going on? And how exactly is faith meant to take root in a person’s life? (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Genesis 25:19-34; Psalm 119:105-112; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

An Exercise in Frustration

The seventh chapter of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome contains one of the more raw admissions of spiritual ‘failure’ in all of scripture. His example reminds us of our common struggle, and how there’s no need for us to put up fronts or hide our shortcomings. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45:10-17; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30