Author: Carole Boshart

Third Sunday After Epiphany: The Epistles Passage – Inspiration and Authority where it should be

“Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.” (I Corinthians 1:10) You probably haven’t notice beloved reader, I have been absent the past couple of days – one of the advantages of working ahead. I was down with a cold and not feeling well enough to write. I am on the mend now, thankfully, and so am trying to catch up with the writing. It is not an onerous task but a nice way to spend the next couple of evenings, contemplating scripture and writing to all of us.   […]

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Third Sunday After Epiphany: The Gospel Passage – Family Counts!

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” (Matthew 4:12 – 16) The writer of Matthew assumes, in line with biblical commentators throughout commentating history, that this was done EXPRESSLY to fulfill prophecy. And I would be hesitant to say they are completely wrong – either in Jesus’ purpose or the prophecy being fulfilled. I just want to put forth a different idea. […]

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Second Sunday After Epiphany: The Epistle Passage – An Invitation from God and the Lord Jesus Christ, by way of Paul

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:1-9) While this is a very open and gracious letter, there are a few qualifiers. To be brief, you need to believe firmly and unshakably in God. Do not mind the part of being Corinthians, or from Corinth, or going to Corinth. Because those who believe in Corinth or of Corinth are placed together with “all those who in every place”; and I think we can safely assume this qualifier transcends time. Having qualified according to Paul, grace and peace is extended to us, not only from Paul but also from “God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” […]

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Second Sunday After Epiphany: The Gospel Passage – Hearing about Jesus with fresh wonder

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.”And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”(John 1:29 – 34) John – either the author of the gospel of John or John the Baptist is testifying and witnessing to the Jesus whose story we will be following again this year. This time with the focus of new converts coming to faith. That does not mean us oldsters can turn away and sit out the year. No, no, I am not going to let you do that beloved reader!  […]

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