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An Opportunity to Be Fruitful

INTRODUCTION. Hello and Happy Spring! March Madness is here and many of us are cheering for our favorite teams on the road to the “Final Four.” As people of faith, I hope we will not forget that we are also in the midst of March Gladness and the season of Lent. We continue to follow…

A Tempting Opportunity

Maybe that is what is at the heart of all of this? We experience different kinds of hunger—and we are tempted not to trust that God will satisfy our needs. We experience trials and tribulations—and we are tempted not to trust that God loves us and cares for us and knows each one of us by name. So many of our problems have to do with trust and timing. We get wonderful gifts from a life-giving God, designed to bring us nourishment, opportunity, pleasure and well-being. But we are not to selfishly gobble them up, grab them, force them or rush them. Bread can satisfy our hunger, except when God says, “Wait.” Power is worth pursuing, but not if we sell our souls in the process. Being children of God is a cherished blessing, but we can’t take God’s good and graceful gifts for granted.


Follow Me to the City

Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” Luke 5:12-16 Introduction (Watch video https://youtu.be/-95sTha1BLs.) Have you seen this commercial? The company, Vaev, was…


Follow Me to the Lake

“Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him. Luke 5:1-11 Introduction How many of you really enjoy fishing? If so, this story may be your favorite in the whole Bible. Some will try to make a case…


Follow Me to the Cliff

They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way. Luke 4:21-30 Introduction Watch the Rams/Saints video Did you…


Follow Me to the Synagogue

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Luke 4:14-21 Introduction Good…

John August Swanson, Loves and Fishes

Jesus, Mary and Justice

Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Luke 6:20-26 My mother’s favorite cousin is Joan Shaklee Scott. In some ways it was an unlikely friendship. Four years…


Follow the Light

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” Matthew 2:1-12 Introduction Happy New…