Harmony Bible – One

Phase one (sections 1-23) in the life of Jesus begins before time, includes the incarnation and early years of Christ’s life until the time he was about 30 years old. The thematic emphasis and principle for ministry is Incarnational. In this phase ministry teams are intentional to invite people to participate and associate with the Church, while challenging more mature disciples to “go” into the world, shine the light that dwells in you, be the embodiment of God’s grace through an incarnational ministry.

Second Sunday of Advent

December 6th, 2016|Lectionary Series, One, Year A|0 Comments

The 2nd Sunday of Advent
Today’s Gospel reading is from Mt 3:1-12 found in section 21,22,23 of the Harmony of the Gospels which we will find jumps from last week’s reading from Jesus’ last week of life on earth backward in time to about 26 AD.  John the Baptist is ministering in an arid region south-east of Jerusalem calling Jerusalem to repentance and her re-commitment to her covenant with God.

Collect:

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and […]

Along the River Jordan

August 31st, 2014|One|Comments Off on Along the River Jordan

Week 14 | Sections 22, 23

This week we wrap up the first phase of Jesus’ life and ministry.  We want to stress to you the importance of our spiritual foundations and the faith experiences we are provided in life (as well as those we provide our children, friends and new church members).

These iconic experiences are like spiritual cairns or thresholds in the believers life which later serve as touch points that allow us to express our faith and relate with […]

Prepare the Way of the Lord

August 24th, 2014|One|Comments Off on Prepare the Way of the Lord

Week 13 | Sections 20, 21

As we continue our chronological reading of the gospels, Jesus has now grown to be a man. This is when the Apostle Mark begins his Gospel record in which he aims to emphasize the activities and miraculous works of Jesus. John was already preparing the way, softening the hearts of his listeners away from self-righteousness and indifference with a message of repentance and baptism of those who desired release.

Scripture:
Section […]

Traveling Mercies

August 17th, 2014|One|Comments Off on Traveling Mercies

Week 12 | Sections 16, 17, 18, 19

Sometimes unfortunate events turn out to be an integral thread of God’s handiwork in the tapestry of our lives. Jesus’ childhood journeys to Bethlehem, Nazareth, Egypt and Galilee are evidence of such and the experiences of Jesus early years helped prepare him for a lifetime of ministry.

Scripture:

Section 16

Section 17
Luke 2:40
40 The child was growing, and was becoming strong in spirit, being filled with wisdom, and the grace of […]

We Saw His Star

August 10th, 2014|One|Comments Off on We Saw His Star

Week 11 | Section 14, 15

Too many people in this world are consumed by the need for power. King Herod, being one of them, pursued Jesus – the infant born “King of the Jews” and sought his destruction trying to defend his perception of power. However, God’s plan of salvation was not to be stopped, and Herod’s unrighteous acts simply added to the list of prophesies that would be fulfilled by Jesus.

Rather than trying […]

Our Consolation has Come

August 3rd, 2014|One|Comments Off on Our Consolation has Come

Week 10 | Sections 12, 13

How many people there are still in need of consolation. People who are ensnared by the evil and wrong doing of others and those who are embroiled by their own vices be they from striving or indulgence.

The good news is that our consolation has come. This was the was the truth that the Simeon, the president of the Sanhedrin, and Anna, the prophetess, discovered that day when Joseph and Mary […]

Bringing Good News

July 27th, 2014|One|Comments Off on Bringing Good News

Week 9 | Sections 10,11

Jesus’ birth and the praise of the angels is the core content for every Christmas pageant. Children don their woolly ears or carry a staff and a baby is shown as candles glow and cherubs with cardboard wings sing silent night.
Our story today is similar but so much more glorious than we can imagine and more dirty than we care to think. Ah the humility of Christ, God incarnate, born […]

Veracity and Virtue

July 20th, 2014|One|Comments Off on Veracity and Virtue

Week 8 | Section 9

Joseph (like Zechariah) was a righteous man, and he too had a wife who was blessed with a child, Jesus the Son of God. Perhaps we all know the details of this story but many choose to question the veracity of Mary’s virginity. Like Joseph, some logically think, there must be another man involved. However, if we believe that his paternal father was of human decent, it changes the Gospel […]

Becoming Strong in Spirit

July 13th, 2014|One|Comments Off on Becoming Strong in Spirit

Week 7 | Section 8a,b,c

How delighted Elizabeth and Zechariah must have been when their son was born, not only for the joy of having a child but because of their confidence of what he would be. Indeed, that is the pivotal word in our reading today – ‘be’. Our actions are tied to our being, and our being to the purposes of God. Most certainly Elizabeth and Zechariah were familiar with the saying, “raise […]

The Magnificat

July 6th, 2014|One|Comments Off on The Magnificat

Week 6 | Section 7

Mary’s song of praise, The Magnificat, shows her humility, prophetic understanding of God’s intent, and willingness to be counted among the servants of God for the sake of the world. The verses and prophetic promises which she sings forth are like the threads in the divine tapestry. She models for us not only humble service, but also true worship with her whole heart and soul and all the faculties of […]