Faith, January 6, and Why Jesus?

Meet Pastor Joanna Mitchell. She is the associate pastor of Shepherd of the Hills in Edina, Minnesota. Below is her post on January sixth's story of Matthew 2:1-23, on passing down the faith, and how this all intersects with "Why Jesus?" Mitchell writes: When I entered the ministry, I read studies, heard sermons and attended … Continue reading Faith, January 6, and Why Jesus?

Sunday, February 10 – Why Jesus?

Week #6 is Sunday, February 10, 2019 - Narrative Lectionary Story: Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29 Theme: It's a lofty expectation for Jesus to say don't judge, because humans judge. Jesus sets high expectations for his followers to live an exemplary faith. Jesus also knows that we're going to fail. In the midst of these expectations sits grace, … Continue reading Sunday, February 10 – Why Jesus?

Sunday, February 3 – Why Jesus?

Week #5 is Sunday, February 3, 2019 - Narrative Lectionary Story: Matthew 6:7-21, [25-34] Theme: Where your treasure is, there your heart will be. Jesus teaches us to pray from the heart with an authentic voice. Don't try to impress or outdo, but pray with honesty and humility. In other words, the real you. Why Jesus? Because … Continue reading Sunday, February 3 – Why Jesus?

Sunday, January 27 – Why Jesus?

Week #4 is Sunday, January 27, 2019 - Narrative Lectionary Story: Matthew 5:1-20 Theme: In this familiar piece of poetry, Jesus promises God's favor to the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers and those who are persecuted. We can each find … Continue reading Sunday, January 27 – Why Jesus?

Sunday, January 20 – Why Jesus?

Week #3 is Sunday, January 20, 2019 - Narrative Lectionary Story: Matthew 4:1-17 Theme: Jesus is tempted by the devil, enduring 40 days of this trial, angst and conflict. In the end he trusts in God, not the allure of the devil's promises, giving hope to people enduring darkness every day. Why Jesus? Because Jesus is light. … Continue reading Sunday, January 20 – Why Jesus?