Can We Change?

Matthew 15:21-28 21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him … [Read more…]

You of Little Faith

Matthew 14:22-32 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was … [Read more…]

God’s Law of Love

Jeremiah 31:31-34 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord,    “when I will make a new covenantwith the people of Israel    and with the people of Judah.32 It will not be like the covenant    I made with their ancestorswhen I took them by the hand    to lead them out of Egypt,because they broke my covenant,    though I was a husband to[a] them,[b]”declares the Lord.33 “This is the … [Read more…]

God’s Extravagant Love

LUKE 19:1-10 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.  A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.  He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.  So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see … [Read more…]

You Are Led by the Spirit

Romans 8:12-25  Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to [the flesh]. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 14 For those who are led by the Spirit … [Read more…]

Nothing Can Separate You From the Love of God

Romans 8:31-39   NIV 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has … [Read more…]

Abraham’s Absurd Faith

Genesis 22:1-14 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah.  Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” 3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded … [Read more…]

Hospitality and Hunger

June 18, 2023 – The Congregational Church of Easton The lectionary readings for today are about compassion.  Matthew tells us that Jesus’ heart went out to malnourished people in his day.  He commissioned 12 disciples to help him respond to the people’s enormous need.  They were sent to tell everyone that the Kingdom of God … [Read more…]

Live the Mystery of the Trinity

June 11,  The Congregational Church of Easton Last Sunday was Trinity Sunday.   The Unison Prayer of Invocation started with the words, “Triune God.”  Someone asked me what “Triune” means.  The person was not familiar with that word.  It occurred to me that many of you may not have a very clear understanding of the doctrine … [Read more…]