Scripture Reading for Today: Romans 8:18-25 (read it here) Reflect Paul has just been speaking of the glory of adoption into the family of God; but now he comes back to the troubled state of this present world, and he sees nature waiting for the glory that shall be.  Continue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Romans 8:12-17 (read it here) Reflect Paul is introducing us to another of the great metaphors in which he describes the new relationship of the Christian to God. He speaks of the Christian being adopted into the family of God.  It is only when we understandContinue Reading

To this Seeds of Hope, I have attached Mission Prayerline, a short mission story and prayer intention. Please page down to see it. Scripture Reading for Today: Mark 10:46-52 (read it here) Reflect Put yourself in the place of Bartimaeus, thinking about this morning’s events.  You had gone out fromContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Romans 8:1-11 (read it here) Reflect Today Paul gives us a rather difficult passage because it is so highly com­pressed. Two words keep occurring again and again in this passage, flesh and spirit, and Paul uses them in a sense that is all his own. PaulContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Romans 7:18-25a (read it here) Reflect Today Paul allows us to see into his very soul; and he tells us of an experience that is so characteristic of the human situation. He knew what was right, and he wanted to do it; and yet, somehow, heContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Romans 6:19-23 (read it here) Reflect Paul apologizes for using the picture of slavery because he does not like to compare the Christian life to any kind of bondage. But the one thing that the picture of being the total possession of the master—as was theContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Romans 6:12-18 (read it here) Reflect Paul speaks of the mystical union between the Christian and Christ that comes in bap­tism. He speaks of the way in which a Christian should live so close to Christ that all his life can be said to be lived inContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Romans 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21 (read it here) Reflect No passage of the New Testament has had such an influence on theology as this; and no passage is more difficult for a modern mind to understand. It is difficult because Paul is thinking and speaking inContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: 2 Timothy 4:10-17 (read it here) Reflect Many commentators have said that the gospel according to St. Luke is the loveliest book in the world. There is a legend that Luke was also a skilled painter; and to this day there are some paintings of MaryContinue Reading