One doesn’t have to dig deep to find similarities with ancient Israel and our current society. We fail to hear the subtle cries for help that are all around each of us, each day.
The love story of Ruth and Boaz goes beyond what seems right according to the letter of the law, and enters into the Spirit of what God wants for us, love that values others.
You might not have imagined that simply by praying for someone or inviting someone to church you might be the vessel by which God continues to reach out and embrace all God’s beloved people.
Repentance is not moaning and groaning or feeling sorry for yourself, it is letting God’s Spirit wipe away our sinfulness, thus giving us insight into the limitlessness of God’s love!
God is the greatest earth moving equipment that there is. It is God who makes straight the highway in the desert of our lives by sending us God’s Son.
Care for the poor and oppressed has always been chief among the mission priorities that God established for the people of Israel. Through the ages, it has been a chief concern of the church – that is us.
When God chooses you and Jesus calls you to fulfill God’s mission, who you are makes no difference.
These words are also a call to our congregations learn new ways of doing things. Things that worked fine 10 or 20 years ago, when there were 350 in the pews, don’t always seem practical now.
God’s covenants with humankind are unique in that they require nothing of us in return. It is only what God does for us that matters.