Leslianne Braunstein

The Rev. Leslianne Braunstein Western Presbyterian Church May 24 2015   The gospel of Matthew contains five discourses – Five sermons or statements of Jesus that are distinctive. Matthew 5 through 7 is the part of the Gospel known as the Sermon on the Mount. It is Jesus’ most direct discourse on what constitutes a well-lived Christian life.   TheRead More →

John 15:9-17 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joyRead More →

John 15:1-8 [Jesus said:] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you.Read More →

1 John 3:16−24 We know love by this, [Jesus] laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, butRead More →

John 20:19-31   When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then theRead More →

  John 12:20-33   Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for theRead More →

God Notices – God Honors – God Blesses This, undoubtedly, is my favorite story of Jesus being anointed by a woman. It is one of the rare biblical stories appearing in some form in every single gospel. Let us listen to what God has to say to us in   Mark 14:3-9 While Jesus was at Bethany in the houseRead More →

Mark 8:27-38   Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answeredRead More →

Mark 9:2-13 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And [Jesus] was transfigured before them,. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us makeRead More →

Mark 1:40-45 A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. After sternly warning him he sentRead More →