Jesus in the Storm

The day began as Jesus withdrew to a deserted place to be alone.  Later, in the afternoon sun, He ascends atop a mountain to pray.  Again, Jesus seeks solitude, far from both crowds and followers.  Earlier, our Lord told His disciples to take to the water in a boat—but this time, He lets them go […]

Isaiah 55:1-5: Delight in the Richest of Fare

A water vendor, a part of ordinary commerce in ages past.  Most did not live next to a stream, and sometimes access to a well became problematic.  So, in typical entrepreneurial fashion, someone recognized a need and found a way to profit.  Thus, the merchant and customer both benefited. Still, is this not an unusual […]

Romans 8:28-39: Bad into Good

The verses before today’s Epistle reading speak of a collaboration between God and His Spirit.  The Spirit intercedes for us, something we should find comforting.  Now, since God understands the Spirit’s mind, what does this tell us?  In all matters, God strives for what is best for those who love Him, as He purposes.  In […]

Isaiah 55:10-13: Like Rain and Snow

To live in the ancient Promised Land required faith.  Oh, its description as a place of milk and sweet honey rang true, for its country fed livestock, sheltered bees, and produced bountiful crops.  Nevertheless, without rain, soon, the soil hardened and cracked into a shriveled and depleted landscape.  Other places didn’t demand as much faith.  […]

God May Not Be Like We Think

Frustrated, Jeremiah cries to heaven, “You enticed and deceived me, prevailing over me.”  Earlier, God told him this, “I am making you into an iron pillar.”  To be God’s prophet will require him to stand “against Judah’s kings, its princes, priests, and commoners” (1:18).  No, God didn’t mislead Jeremiah but spoke the truth, instead.  A […]

The Red Sea miracle through the “water like a wall on their right and on their left” (Exodus 14:29) brought a frightened and fleeing people through the drowning waters.  A hymn of thanks soon rises from their lips (Exodus 15:1-21), celebrating the God who came to free them.  In short order, they will find themselves […]

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Matthew 28:16-20: The Holy Trinity

The Scripture begins by unveiling God, revealing who He is by how He operates.  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,” meaning God made everything.  The word for God here is Elohim, a masculine plural, referring to a singular God.  Ah, the divine mystery starts in Scripture’s first sentence. Next, the moving […]

Ezekiel 34: Who’s the Shepherd?

In Ezekiel 34, we find God’s people in a time of duress–a defeated nation in exile.  But what made this worse was Israel’s leaders, their shepherds, failing in their callings.  Unfaithful, they cared more about themselves than the flock God charged them to serve and lead. So, how did God respond?  He said that He […]

John 20:19-23: Forgiveness Jesus’ Way

The One raised from the tomb breathes on His disciples, “Peace be with you.”  Next, He shows them the injuries He suffered in His crucifixion.  Again, the words, “Peace be with you,” leave His mouth.  An unbreakable bond must somehow exist between our Lord’s wounds and the peace He brings them. In His sacrificial death, […]

Palm Sunday Service Link

Since we don’t have video capability at Shepherd of the Hills, here’s a link from a seminary friend, Pr. Chris Tiews, for his on-line Palm-Sunday Service.