Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I … Read More


John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or … Read More


So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave … Read More

Mark 10

Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you. “Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith … Read More

Mark 4

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was … Read More

Psalm 62

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God[c]; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God … Read More

Prayers for the Future

Curiosity: Make us curious, Lord. What if we tried something new? What if this involves being uncomfortable? Risk: Take away our fear, Lord. May we know Your presence is always with us. May we not be fearful to embrace change. Openness: Open our hearts, Lord, to whom you want us to serve in our city. Open our eyes to see … Read More

Praise for the Past

Praise for the Past Curiosity: Thank you, Lord, for calling Pillar to be curious about the future of the church years ago. Risk: Thank you, Lord, for giving Pillar the courage to step out in faith and take a risk, following You where you were leading them. Openness: Thank you, Lord, for opening the hearts of your people to welcome … Read More

Centering Prayer

Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God…” Let’s try this simple prayer. Sit comfortably. Settle yourself with your feet flat on the floor and your arms in a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Be aware of your body. Maybe there is tightness in your muscles, or distracting thoughts that are filling your mind. Try to relax. Now, … Read More

Visio Divina

Choose one of the pieces of art in this journal. What is the first thing that caught your eye? Breathe deeply and gaze on that for a few minutes. Now, look at the whole picture. Take it in slowly. Reflect on what you are seeing for a few minutes. Then consider the following questions: a. What emotions does this image … Read More