I. This Sunday in Church
Bible Readings for This Sunday (June 5)
Sermons for This Sunday (June 5)
II. Lectionary Reflections
Familiarity Breeds Content
There he was, the local boy come home with wisdom beyond his years and the
temerity to teach new insights and understandings. He should have realized that
the people who had stayed in backwater Nazareth were there because they didn't
like new, nor different, nor anything but the same as last week. ...
Following a Hometown Boy: Reflections on Mark 6:1-6
When we are focused on ourselves, on maintaining our superiority and control
over our surroundings and others, we are not open to the truth God seeks to
speak to us, sometimes through people we know and in places we thought we
knew like the back of our hand. ...
III. Featured Articles on Christian Life
Your Light Must Shine
What is the meaning of life? This question is one that is frequently asked but
is, most unfortunately, given far too little serious consideration. It is often
asked rhetorically, neither expecting nor requiring an answer. And yet,
the Lord Jesus Christ gives us the answer to this question: "Your light must
shine before others," he says, "that they may see your good deeds and glorify
your heavenly Father" (Matthew 5:16).
Lord, Let Your Face Shine on Us
The disciples first followed Jesus when he said to them, "Follow me," because
they were seeking the face of God (Matthew 4:19). Little did they know that when
they looked upon Jesus they looked upon the face of God. If we have not come
here today seeking the face of God, I do not know why we have come. ...
Good Christian Life
The apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus, reminding them that they were
to live in a way that was worthy of their new life in Christ. Three
characteristics of that life were humility, gentleness and patience. ...
What Really Is "The Good Life?"
It's nice to have a nice house and a comfortable life, but it's even better to
have come to the place where you no longer need those things to feel good about
your life. Sure God will bless me with physical things, but every good physical
thing that he gives me is meant to be a sign that points me to the good that can
only be found in him. ...
The Comparing Game
Comparing your life, your family, your stuff, your failures, and your
accomplishments to that of someone else is dangerous. Very dangerous. It
draws the focus of your heart to you instead of to God...
IV. General Weekly Features
Family Special: Relationship Help: Why Do I Get So Upset with My Partner?
While I love my husband with all my heart, sometimes it's just so
frustrating being married to him. When I feel that he's ignoring me, I get
so upset, and he's usually surprised by the intensity of my reaction. Why do
I get so upset with him? ...
Inspirational: Good Decisions Start With a Stop
More often than we like, most of us face choices that can have serious and
lasting impact on our lives. Do we go along with the crowd? Do we tell
someone off, quit a job, or end a relationship? ...
Take a Break from Busy Life
In the midst of a busy life, with people and problems wanting our attention,
it's very difficult to get meaningful work done, especially meaningful work
on our selves. ...
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