Monthly Archives: April 2016

April 6

Reflection Observing the boldness of Peter and John and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men, the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed, and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus. Acts 4:13-21 These were just ordinary folks considered second rate by the leaders and the elders. Most of the apostles were commonly encountered fishermen, men of no exceptional ability, the…

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April 5

Reflection With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Acts 4:32 Other prophets, other messiahs, came and went in Jesus’ day. Routinely, they died violently at the hands of the pagan enemy. Their movements either died with them, sometimes literally, or transformed themselves into a new movement around a new leader. Jesus’ movement did…

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April 4

Reflection “Too often in its history the Church has been a community of people huddled behind locked doors … and failing to see that the Spirit was so often moving out there among them … moving as the wind at the dawn of creation over the face of the deep, and bringing about new creation. But even now, the wild…

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April 3

Reflection  On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them,“Shalom. John 20:19-31 The locked places of our lives are always more about what is going on inside of us than around us. The disciples…

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April 2

Reflection In Jesus Christ, God brings life from death, light from darkness. The awakening of the earth in springtime is an image that promises resurrected life. Under the dark cover of snow, there was life ready to become vibrant again. Jesus refers to his own act of self-giving in the image of the grain of wheat that dies in order…

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April 1

Reflection It will not be an infrequent occurrence that people will look at us as fools who are wasting their lives and their time. Part of Christlikeness is to accept the ridicule which Christ accepted, to be willing to live as fools for Christ’s sake. In his letter to the Corinthian church Paul spends a great deal of time explaining…

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