speak of all his marvelous works

He said, “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage.”

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “Cornerstone” by Hillsong United.

Readings for today…Psalm 105, Numbers 17:1-11, Romans 5:1-11 and Matthew 20:17-28

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Artwork by Fernand Leger.

I will sing of mercy and justice

This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God’s promise arrives as pure gift. That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it, those who keep the religious traditions and those who have never heard of them. For Abraham is father of us all. He is not our racial father—that’s reading the story backward. He is our faith father.

Our 🎶🎶 for today is an original song of mine called “Your Name.”

Readings for today…Psalms 101, 109, 119:121-144, Numbers 16:36-50, Romans 4:13-25 and Matthew 20:1-16

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Artwork by Marc Chagall.

he who teaches all the world, has he no knowledge?

Jesus replied, “Yes, you have followed me. In the re-creation of the world, when the Son of Man will rule gloriously, you who have followed me will also rule, starting with the twelve tribes of Israel. And not only you, but anyone who sacrifices home, family, fields—whatever—because of me will get it all back a hundred times over, not to mention the considerable bonus of eternal life. This is the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first.”

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “So Will I” by Hillsong United.

Readings for today…Psalms 97, 99, 100, 94, 95, Numbers 16:20-35, Romans 4:1-12 and Matthew 19:23-30

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Artwork by Marc Chagall.

your faithfulness is all around you

“One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope that he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus intervened: “Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me. God’s kingdom is made up of people like these.” After laying hands on them, he left.”

Our 🎶🎶 for today is an original song written with Stephanie White called “All My Heart.”

Readings for today…Psalm 89, Numbers 16:1-19, Romans 3:21-31 and Matthew 19:13-22

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Artwork by Walter Spitzer.

Surprise us with love at daybreak

“Please forgive the wrongdoing of this people out of the extravagance of your loyal love just as all along, from the time they left Egypt, you have been forgiving this people.”

Saturday’s readings and prayer are on your own. I read them again in the Message translation and it was just beautiful!

Psalms 87, 90, 136, Numbers 13:31—14:25, Romans 3:9-20, Matthew 19:1-12

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Artwork by Fritz Eichenberg

All ye refugees, come in

“At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?”

Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.”

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “All Ye Refugees” by Sandra McCracken.

Readings for today…Psalms 88, 91, 92, Numbers 13:1-3, 21-30, Romans 2:25-3:8 and Matthew 18:21-35

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Artwork by Ronnie Landfield.