Mercy and Promise

“He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham, and to his descendants forever.” -Luke 1:54-55 Read Luke 1:46-56 When I asked one of my teenage daughters to reflect on this poem of Mary (likely a teenager herself), she replied: “It’s about […]

Zechariah’s Prophecy

“He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.” -Luke 1:69-71 Read Luke 1:57-80 Zechariah’s prophecy, called the last prophecy of the old covenant, speaks in terms that are reflective of the old covenant […]

Surprised by the Spirit

“Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.’” -Luke 1:41-42 Read: Luke 1:39-45 After a missed turn, I found myself in the cathedral of Alajuela, Costa Rica, staring up at the altarpiece of Nuestra Señora del Pilar. Because the “Hail Mary” […]

Godspeed

“‘The days are surely coming,’ says the Lord.” -Jeremiah 31: 31 Read Jeremiah 31:31–34 As I prepared to walk the Camino de Santiago—a 500-mile pilgrimage across Northern Spain—well-wishers would often say, “Godspeed.” Of course “Godspeed” is a medieval expression meaning “good journey.” Nevertheless, we tend to hear it as “God’s speed.” As I walked 40 […]

An Engaged Presence

God sends his word to the earth in the form of a child to express his love for all. This gift of love gave us access to understanding God’s heart for relationship with all mankind. He sent his presence through Jesus the Christ to draw us into a kingdom where abides as Father. In the […]

Turning Point

“He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears.” -Isaiah 11:3b Read Isaiah 11:1-9 Great stories often have a moment when all seems lost. Then, out of nowhere, the hero comes back, finds some unknown or previously untapped source of power and inner strength […]

Isaiah’s Good News

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.” -Isaiah 9:2 Read Isaiah 9:2-7 Iwish you could meet my two friends who minister in downtown Los Angeles. For 30 years Pastor Greg, an African American, and Pastor Luis, a Latino, […]

A Leader Worth Serving…

A Leader Worth Serving, a sermon preached by Dr. Wilson Col 1:15-18 Over the Last few weeks I have discovered that our brother Paul has laid out for us a prerequisite for Love and leadership in the church. We have observed how he was passionate for them because of their faith in Jesus Christ and their […]