Warning Against Idolatry

Text: Deuteronomy 13:1-11 Reflection and Question: Here is a stern warning against following other gods or accepting leaders who entice us to follow other gods. Duly warned, we remember, “The Spirit gives us courage to unmask idolatries in Church and culture (Brief Statement of Faith).” How will you be tempted today to worship idols (money, […]

Ten Lepers Healed, One Comes Back

Text: Luke 17:11-19 Reflection and Question: On the way to His death, Jesus healed ten lepers. Only one turned back to thank Him and Jesus commends the faith of this Samaritan. As the Brief Statement of Faith (The Book of Confessions) puts it, “Jesus proclaimed the reign of God [by] eating with outcasts.” Who are […]

God’s Gift of Reconciliation

Text: 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2 Reflection and Question: God’s reconciliation with us is held in two Biblical images: “Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like an father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still (Brief Statement of Faith, The Book of Confessions).” And Paul encourages us to be […]

Jesus’ Promise of the Holy Spirit

Text: John 14:21-29 Reflection and Question: Jesus speaks here of the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit (also translated as – Advocate or Helper or Comforter) fell on the disciples on Pentecost and also on Cornelius and on Paul. The Holy Spirit continues to “give us courage to hear the voices of people […]


Beginning Sunday, May 31st, I will be starting a new series on Time to Embrace called Daily Meditations. Each day, I will reflect on the Daily Lectionary from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). I hope that you will enjoy these prayers as much as I do. Stay tuned for the […]