ISSL Reflections June 5 2022 Isaiah 47:10–15 Post 3

VII.Two questions for today. What “path” does the prophet send his words describing? Does the prophet give any hope in these words? VIII.Isaiah 47:10-15 (New Revised Standard Version) You felt secure in your wickedness;you said, “No one sees me.”Your wisdom … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections January 9 2022 Genesis 21:8–20 Post 2

IV.I asked in the last post to notice how you “regard” the folks you encounter here. What impression do they make on you? Look at them again and notice the strengths or lack of strength they bring. V.Genesis 21:8-20 (NRSV) … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections January 2 2022 Genesis 4:1–15 Post 3

VII.Today as you spend time with this Scripture passage, pay attention to what strikes you as discouraging and what strikes you as hopeful. VIII.Genesis 4:1-15 (NRSV) Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections December 26 2021 Nahum 1:1–3, 6–8, 12–13, 15 Post 1

I.This week we take up part of the “oracle” and “vision” of the Prophet Nahum concerning Nineveh, Judah, and God. Let’s first spend time with the words of Nahum and listen to them without any judgment on our part.  Just … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections November 14 2021 Revelation 11:15–19 Post 3

VIII.As you read this week’s Scripture once again, see if you notice those echoes I mentioned the other day.  Echoes of themes we find in other places in the Scriptural narrative. If none come to mind, you could check in … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections August 29, 2021 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10 Post 2

IV.In the last post I briefly called our attention to the mention of “this slight affliction.” And to be more precise Paul calls it a “slight momentary affliction.” As you read the passage again with this phrase in mind, notice … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections August 29, 2021 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10 Post 1

I.As you read this week’s focus passage, what begins to capture your attention? He asks us to “not lose heart” and then in the course of these few words “helps” us see some of the reasons why we might “lose … Continue reading