With Faith Awakened

The First Sunday in Advent
Mark 13:24-37

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.

Jesus’ words that you will read sound more like something ending, rather than the beginning of a new church year. It appears to be the reversal of the first verses of Genesis when God created light, the sun, and the moon. Darkness comes again, as though chaos, first bound by God at the beginning of the Bible, is swallowing up God’s creation again. These are signs of the beginning of something gloriously new—the total reign of Jesus in creation. However, as often happens in our own personal lives, “Things have to get worse before they get better.” Present with you right now, the Lord seeks to turn the chaos of your life into one of order and light, even when you do not see it.

Walk awakened in faith and not in fear.


Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from The Revised Common Lectionary.


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Each Person Is Responsible

The Sabbath Torah Portion – Tol’doth (Progeny)
The entire portion is Genesis 25:19—28:9

The Bible Through the Seasons follows those Jewish traditions that divide the portion into thirds. This year, we read Part 2. Genesis 26:23—27:29

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.

Families are like mobiles. Ideally, each part of the mobile hangs freely in their proper place, all of them suspended by one string. Few families are like that; most are tangled together, resulting in the term, “dysfunctional family.”

The family of Isaac and Rebecca has seeds of dysfunction within it. Esau, selling his birthright for food—is he not also responsible for the loss of the blessing, which Isaac gave to the deceitful Jacob? Then there is the preferential treatment of Rebecca to Jacob, and the latter’s complicity with her plan. Even Isaac needed to trust his nose more than his hands when he “smelled” something not quite right when Jacob approached him as Esau.

We are responsible for the situations in which we find ourselves. This frees us from the language of blame, reserving the discovering of our guilt when we go and pray to the Father in secret.


Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.


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The Great Commission

Friday of the Last Week in Kingdomtide
Matthew 28:16-20

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.

Recall the mountains in this Gospel—the setting for the Beatitudes in “The Sermon on the Mount,” Mount Tabor where the Transfiguration of Jesus took place, Mount Calvary, and finally this mountain where your King bids farewell and gives “The Great Commission.”

On this last week of another year of grace, place yourself among those first disciples who heard the commission. Feel yourself a part of the Church, bonded together in such a way that Christ lives in you and works through you because of the connections you have with the members of Christ’s body.

Take the Great Commission personally. How are you living it? What changes in your life need to take place? Advent begins in two days: a new year of grace is about to rush in for you!


Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels—this year, St. Matthew.


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