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The Federated Church
March 28, 2021

Donkey Sunday – Palm Sunday

Finally, we serve Jesus as people with God-given nobility. Like the donkey who carried Jesus, we can walk through the world with confidence and grace. “You are a chosen race,” wrote the apostle Peter, “a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people.” As God’s royal people, we should hold our heads high and never feel that […]

March 21, 2021

Magnetic Jesus

  With Holy Week coming soon, maybe you are already feeling the attraction. Maybe you feel your soul yearning for that saving story of King Jesus, riding on a donkey, then hung from a cross, then bursting forth from the tomb that could not hold him. As we move towards our celebration of those world-changing […]

March 14, 2021

Moving to Jesus

The idea of moving serves as a useful metaphor for us. We may not always instinctively choose our daily activities and responses to others based on what we think God wants of us. To make that move, we must make a conscious effort, to imagine ourselves in another person’s situation, to consider how he or […]

March 7, 2021

Should You Stop ‘Shoulding’?

When we need to obey the “shoulds” and “oughts” of the world can be a tough call. The counsel of friends and family is important, but ultimately, we alone decide what we should do. But when God is talking, there is no ambiguity. There is no argument about whether to be obedient. We should. When […]

February 28, 2021

Abraham and the Adalatherium

When we have this kind of faith, we are made right with God both now and eternally. There is nothing crazy about it. Faith is the biggest game-changer in Christian history, making us right with God through our faith in Jesus Christ. Faith means that we can trust God to work through us, even when […]

February 21, 2021

Inner Navigation and the Lord’s Way


If you find praying difficult, and a great many of us do, you might try this during Lent: Spend some time reading and praying the prayers others have written. You might use A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie, a little book which contains two prayers a day, one for morning and one for […]

February 15, 2021

No Guts, No Glory

We have hope. In a world beset by pandemic threats and titanic fears, we have hope. In a country torn into screaming political factions, we have hope. At a time when racism and other “-isms” divide and humiliate us, we have hope. When our “outer nature is wasting away” we have hope that “our inner nature is renewed […]

February 7, 2021

The Cure for News Fatigue

Countering the news with a daily discipline of time spent in the presence of God will enable us to pick up a different pace of life. Do you grab your phone to check the news first thing in the morning? That is a recipe for starting the day with anxiety, rather than mounting up for […]

January 24, 2021

A Good Disciple Is One Who Leaves

Jesus and his disciples did not remain in familiar places with like-minded people. Instead, they moved into new areas and did the work of helping, healing, teaching, and preaching. Along the way they had difficult confrontations, which is to be expected when lines are crossed. But disagreements are natural and healthy, while polarization is not. […]

January 17, 2021

Try and Buy

Each of us must accept Jesus’ invitation to “take a look.” It cannot hurt. Take some time to think about what Jesus is inviting us to do or to be. Perhaps we are long-time followers of Jesus, but we have never really considered what, specifically, Jesus invites us to do. Perhaps we are newer to […]

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