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2015

Season of Epiphany

Jan. 6-Feb. 15 — One Step More 

Jan. 6 – Matt. 2:1-12
“Meaningful Gifts”
What wise folk do when knowledge is not enough

Jan. 13 – Acts 19:1-7
“Powerful Hands”
What the Spirit does when water is not enough

Jan. 20 – 1 Samuel 3:1-20
“Listening Ears”
What followers do when eyes are not enough

Jan. 27 – Jonah 3:1-10
“Surprising Acts”
What penitents do when words are not enough

Feb. 1 – Psalm 111
“Inspiring Deeds”
What believers do when awe is not enough

Feb. 8 – Mark 1:29-39
“Missional Plans”
What Jesus did when our efforts were not enough

Feb. 15 – Mark 9:2-9
“Mountaintop Moments”
What to do when human perception is not enough

Season of Lent

Feb. 22-Mar. 29 — Heavy Days 

Feb. 22 – Psalm 25:1-10
“Healthy Regret”
Penitent tears a good start for the season of Lent

Mar. 1 – Mark 8:31-38
“Self Denial”
Matching two words that don’t like each other

Mar. 8 – John 2:13-22
“Righteous Anger”
Jesus had a temper, and was not afraid to use it.

Mar. 15 – John 3:14-21
“Light Living”
Darkness may be familiar, but life is in the light.

Mar. 22 – John 12:20-33
“Dead Wheat”
Some things have to die before they can live.

Mar. 29 – Mark 14:32-42
“Hard Praying”
Sometimes it’s easier not to know what’s next.

Season of Easter

Apr. 5 – 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
“Of First Importance”
Paul knew that everything hangs on the resurrection.

Apr. 12-May 17
The Book of Love

Apr. 12 – 1 John 1:2-2:2
“Walking in the Sunshine”
John speaks of truth, light, and the Christian way.

Apr. 19 – 1 John 3:1-7
“Children of God”
God knows, children can turn out good or bad.

Apr. 26 – 1 John 3:16-24
“Real Love”
Jesus’ kind of love involves much more than words.

May 3 – 1 John 4:7-21
“Deep Love”
Knowing deep love means knowing God, too.

May 10 – 1 John 5:1-6
“Water and Blood”
Can believers really conquer the world?

May 17 – 1 John 5:7-13
“Testimony”
These could be the original “wonderful words of life.”

Season of Pentecost

May 24-July 5 Spiritual Matters, OT Style

May 24 – Ezekiel 37:1-14
“Can These Bones Live?”
With God, our driest days are not beyond hope.

May 31 – Isaiah 6:1-13
“You Want Me To Do What?”
Did God really want Isaiah to encourage bad judgment?

June 7 – Genesis 3:1-19
“The Inevitable Apple”
Can we really put the blame on Adam and Eve?

June 14 – Ezekiel 17:1-24
“Cedar Mountain High”
Could fallen humanity really climb a holy mountain?

June 21 – Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
“Gratitude Squared”
Being lost and found calls for a special kind of thanks.

June 28 – Lamentations 3:22-33
“Goodness – and Grief”
Troubled people need a God who won’t give up.

July 5 – Ezekiel 2:1-3:11
“Eat My Words!”
God’s command puts a sweet twist on a common saying.

July 12-July 26Mind-Stretching Matters

July 12 – Ephesians 1:1-14
“An Amazing Inheritance”
Paul leaks a mysterious secret, and it boggles the mind.

July 19 – Ephesians 2:1-22
“A Sacred Trio”
Grace, faith, and reconciliation: what’s not to like?

July 26 – Ephesians 3:14-21
“It’s All Beyond Me”
God’s riches are above understanding – but not beyond imagining.

Aug. 2-Aug. 23The Trouble with Kings

Aug. 2 – 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a
“You’re the Man!”
Nathan sets a trap for a royal miscreant, and bags his prey.

Aug. 9 – 2 Samuel 18:1-33
“Paying the Price”
Sin happens, trouble follows, and no one is immune.

Aug. 16 – 1 Kings 2:1-3:15
“Redeeming a Shaky Start”
Solomon’s prayer for wisdom was badly needed.

Aug. 23 – 1 Kings 8:1-61
“Prayers for Now and Later”
A dedication prayer designed for people who weren’t there

Aug. 30-Sept. 27 — Serious Church

Aug. 30 – James 1:17-27
“Real Religion”
“Religion” doesn’t sound so unsavory when it’s done right.

Sept. 6 – James 2:1-26
“True Faith”
Faith understands that mercy triumphs over judgment.

Sept. 13 – James 3:1-12
“Pure Speech”
James unleashes a tongue-lashing about tongue-taming.

Sept. 20 – James 3:13-4:10
“Highborn Wisdom”
Wise believers understand that selfishness is a dead end.

Sept. 27 – James 5:13-20
“Fervent Prayer”
The true power of prayer goes deeper than the surface.

Oct. 4-Oct. 25Following Jesus on Hwy. 10

Oct. 4 – Mark 10:1-16
“Hard Words and a Soft Heart”
Jesus speaks about marriage, adultery, and children.

Oct. 11 – Mark 10:17-31
“Of Treasures and Troubles”
Wealth and discipleship can make for a difficult combination.

Oct. 18 – Mark 10:32-45
“First and Last”
When cherished notions are turned upside down and inside out

Oct. 25 – Mark 10:46-52
“What Do We Really Want?”
Jesus’ question to a blind man sparks helpful introspection.

Nov. 1-Nov. 22 — A Time for Gratitude

Nov. 1 – Ruth 1:1-2:23
“You’re All I Have”
The book of Ruth is really about Naomi, who should be grateful.

Nov. 8 – Ruth 3:1-4:21
“An Odd Road to a Happy Ending”
Naomi’s scheme was risky, but Ruth made it work.

Nov. 15 – 1 Samuel 1:1-28
“Transformational Tears”
A painful prayer, a baby boy, a promise kept

Nov. 22 – 2 Samuel 23:1-7
“Thanks for the Promises”
Not really David’s last words, but maybe the last happy ones

Season of Advent

Nov. 29-Dec. 20 — Hope Waits

Nov. 29 – 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
“A Time for Anticipation”
A reunion with friends is a foretaste of future things.

Dec. 6 – Luke 1:68-79
“A Time for Praise”
When a mute man speaks, it’s good to listen.

Dec. 13 – Zephaniah 3:14-20
“A Time for Joy”
Patience pays: long waits do come to an end.

Dec. 20 – Micah 5:2-5a
“A Time for Peace”
Big things can come from small towns.

Season of Christmas

Dec. 27 – 1 Samuel 2:18-26
“A Time for Growth”
Good growth can happen, even in bad company.