ISSL Reflections June 2 2024 Colossians 1:24–2:3 Post 3

VII.Today let’s spend time with these words of Paul and pay attention to what he identifies as his hope for the recipients of his letter. VIII.Colossians 1:24-2:3 (NRSVue) I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections March 24 2024 Acts 6:7–15 Post 3

VII.As you return to this passage today, pay attention to how some people countered Stephen’s speaking to them. VIII.Acts 6:7-15 (NRSVue) The word of God continued to spread; the number of the disciples increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a great … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections December 31 2023 Matthew 2:1–12 Post 2

IV.Notice who has questions, who is frightened, who has answers, who is willing to travel in search of one who is due homage, who pays attention to stars, ancient writings, and dreams, and who finds joy. V.Matthew 2:1-12 (NRSVue) In … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections November 19 2023 Colossians 2:16–23 Post 2

IV.As we return to this passage, please notice the last sentence, “These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-imposed piety, humility, and severe treatment of the body, but they are of no value in checking self-indulgence.” What does … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections February 5 2023 1 Corinthians 1:18–31 Post 2

IV.Let’s begin today by considering Paul’s statement, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” As you spend time with this passage, pay attention to how wisdom and foolishness are described. V.1 … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections February 5 2023 1 Corinthians 1:18–31 Post 1

I.Notice Paul’s direction to the the recipients of his letter, “Consider your own call …” (1 Corinthians 1:26) Couple that with his earlier statement, “… to those who are called…” (1 Corinthians 1:24), I take it that Paul considered these … Continue reading

August 30, 2020, James 3:13-18, 5:7-11, Post3, ISSL Reflections

VII.This week we end for now our time with James. This might be a good time to review what James had to say – Scripture for August 2 –,ESV,MSG Scripture for August 9 –,ESV,MSG Scripture for August 16 –,CEB,MSG Scripture … Continue reading