How can we better seek the presence of God? That’s the question for the theme of worship in this season of Lent. It’s a question that sits at the foundation of the Parable of the Sower found in Mark 4:1-20. The presence of God is close to each of us; how can we receive that presence with joy and depth?
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Wednesday, April 5, 2023
For the final time in this season of Lent, let’s focus on the theme of fasting: letting go of something which is not in God’s will. Pastor David reads Mark 3:20-35, where Jesus does this very thing in relation to his closest relationships and connections. What do we need to put down for this season?
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Repentance is about changing direction in our lives. Jesus offers this possibility to his opponents in Mark 2:23-3:6, but they remain fixated on their devotion to their interpretation of the law. Where do we need to change direction in our lives? Pastor David explores this theme in today’s video.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Monday, April 3, 2023
Jesus’s ministry began with a whole bunch of healings – and a handful of disciples that Jesus called to follow him so they could learn how to fish for people. In this season of Lent, we have many opportunities to care for others through how we give of ourselves. Listen in as Pastor David reads and reflects on Mark 1:14-39.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Friday, March 31, 2023
It’s officially baseball season! That’s reason to rejoice. But we also rejoice in the continual presence of God, which invites us to worship by seeking more of God’s presence and love. Today, Pastor David explores Mark 1:1-13 and the theme of worship.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, March 30, 2023
After Jesus died, Matthew 27:57-61 records three people near Jesus at his burial: Joseph of Arimathea, Mary Magdalene, and another Mary. They each had to give something up in order to honor God and to be near Jesus in that moment. Listen in to Pastor David’s reflection on this story as it relates to the theme of fasting.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Wednesday, March 29, 2023
The story of Jesus’s crucifixion gives us lots of opportunities to identify with people who follow his path or who oppose him. Repentance, changing direction in our lives, is necessary if we have been going in a direction contrary to the way of Jesus. Join Pastor David for today’s reflection on Matthew 27:32-44.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Judas Iscariot is the central focus of today’s reading from Matthew 27:1-10. His story comes to a tragic and abrupt end in these verses. Join Pastor David as we explore Judas’s story and the question of who we need to care for right now.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Monday, March 27, 2023
Worship is about encountering the presence of God with our real, authentic selves, even when things are not going well in our lives. Jesus gives us this example in Matthew 26:36-46 when he prays just before his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. Join Pastor David for today’s reflection!
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Friday, March 24, 2023
We continue reading in Matthew 26:1-16 as some people conspire to have Jesus arrested and killed, one person anoints him for burial, and others complain about the great expense of that anointing. Let’s explore how this story moves us forward in the theme of fasting: what do we need to put down for this season?
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, March 23, 2023