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A Season of Peace: Saturday, September 22, 2018

  Go and see: an idol of silver   By Rev. Alan Jenkins Acts 17:16–34 “Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals.”   Reflection: The Bible’s teaching on idolatry seems a simple,… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Friday, September 21, 2018

  Go and see: the holistic ministry of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar   By Rev. Dr. David B. McCarthy Psalm 139 O Lord, you have searched me and known me.   Reflection: The psalmist assures us that everywhere we go, the spirit of God is with us, to guide us and protect… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Thursday, September 20, 2018

  Go and see: the courage of indigenous communities   By Kathy Mitchell Galatians 6:2  Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.   Reflection: How do we begin to carry each other’s burdens? It is in our own faith journey that we encounter many different paths, some easy,… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

  Go and see: the power of love   By Rev. Kirk P. Perucca  John 3:13–17  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”   Reflection: It’s a beautiful and powerful statement of God’s love for… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

  Go and see: the risk of peace   By Rev. Jeffrey A. Geary Proverbs 25:25  Like cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.   Reflection: Two hours outside Guatemala City, in the central highlands just north of the rural community of San José del Golfo, I encountered… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Monday, September 17, 2018

  Go and see: a better peace for our children   By Rev. Dean McDonald Proverbs 22:1–21 Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.   Reflection: Disciples in the FJKM (Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar), a sister church of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), are ministering every day to… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Sunday, September 16, 2018

  Go and see    By Rev. Patrick D. Heery John 1:43–51 Philip said to him, “Come and see.”   Reflection: In a particularly delightful scene in Yann Martel’s book Beatrice and Virgil, Virgil attempts to explain to Beatrice what a pear is. Beatrice has never experienced a pear. After five pages of trying to… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Saturday, September 15, 2018

  Partners in peace: shaped by those we love   By Rev. Abby King-Kaiser John 19:25–27  He said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”   Reflection: At the cross, Jesus looks upon the disciple he loved and his grieving mother and makes them… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Friday, September 14, 2018

  Partners in peace: humility   By Rev. Abby King-Kaiser Philippians 2:5–11 And being found in human form, he humbled himself.   Reflection: When I was a student, my campus minister was working to support the very new Muslim Students Association on our large, public campus. As a result, I became friends with a young woman… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Thursday, September 13, 2018

  Partners in peace: who is the real enemy?   By Rev. Abby King-Kaiser Luke 6:27–38  “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies.”   Reflection: I find this passage a perennial challenge. As an American of a certain age—my generation’s first presidential election was decided by the Supreme Court; I was eighteen… Read more »