Some Spirit

Monday, May 25, 2020

“So, the Lord said to Moses, ‘Gather for me seventy of the elders of Israel… bring them to the tent of meeting, and have them take their place there with you. I will come down and talk with you there; and I will take some of the spirit that is on you and put it on them; and they shall bear the burden of the people along with you so that you will not bear it all by yourself.” [Numbers 11:16-17]

I remember the beginning of the lock-down in March with clarity, because I knew that I could not provide support to our whole congregation all alone from my home. I knew that I would need the help of our elders and deacons, and God, indeed, generously poured out some spirit on all of us.  As I make phone calls to the congregation, I hear stories Continue reading Some Spirit

Mine is Yours

Saturday, May 23, 2020

“ I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I have been glorified in them.” [John 17:9-10]

The passage for this coming Sunday is part of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples on the night of his arrest. He has washed their feet. He has given them the new commandment. He has promised the gift of the Advocate. The hour is coming for Jesus to depart and so he prays, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, Continue reading Mine is Yours

What Is Mine Is Yours

Saturday, May 23, 2020
“ I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I have been glorified in them.” [John 17:9-10]
 
The passage for this coming Sunday is part of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples on the night of his arrest. He has washed their feet. He has given them the new commandment. He has promised the gift of the Advocate. The hour is coming for Jesus to depart and so he prays, Continue reading What Is Mine Is Yours

Lived Faith

Friday, May 22, 2020

“Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; sing praises to the Lord, O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens; listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice. Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel; and whose power is in the skies. Awesome is God in his sanctuary, the God of Israel; he gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be to God!” [Psalm 68:32-35]

On March 17, 2020 I started with Psalm 1 and have continued to read a psalm a day as a way to keep time during this pandemic lock-down.  What I have noticed as I have read a psalm a day now for 66 days is the almost universal movement Continue reading Lived Faith

God’s Vision

Thursday, May 21, 2020
“Father of orphans and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God gives the desolate a home to live in; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in parched lands.” [Psalm 68:5-6]
 
The words of the psalmist form a prevalent theme throughout the scriptures. Repeatedly we are told that God cares for the least of these; for orphans and widows and strangers.  Yet, as a society we struggle to live this vision where the most vulnerable are cared for. I am sure you all may know about Liberty Lane, Continue reading God’s Vision

Restore Us

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
“So when [the apostles and Jesus] had come together, the apostles asked Jesus, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ Jesus replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.’” [Acts 1:6-7]
 
As we navigate through this pandemic, I am sure that many have prayed, “God restore us to what was before the virus.” Or as one meme I saw said, “Since 2020 has a virus, let’s just reboot and start it over.” The disciples were asking about when the glory days of Israel would be restored. I imagine they wanted Roman oppression to end yesterday and to have a new king installed immediately with glory.  Yet, Jesus reminds the apostles Continue reading Restore Us

Broader Than Ours

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

“Humble yourselves, therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that God may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because God cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert.” [1 Peter 5:6-8a]

Are you holding onto your anxiety? I certainly know when I am, as it wakes me up in the middle of the night and makes it hard for me to fall back to sleep. I have had more than a couple of interrupted nights since the stay-at-orders went into effect.  I would awake with my mind racing a bit too fast as well as Continue reading Broader Than Ours

Fiery Ordeals

Monday, May 18, 2020

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange was happening to you.” [1 Peter 4:12]

Peter is writing to the exiles of the Dispersion and they are experiencing persecution at the hands of power.  “Do not be surprised,” says Peter. Yet, we are constantly surprised when things don’t go as we planned. In the early days of our stay-at-home orders, it became clear that my Lenten Plans would need adjusting. I remember choosing passages Continue reading Fiery Ordeals

Come Alive!

Sunday, May 17, 2020
“I will not leave you orphaned. I’m coming back. In just a little while the world will no longer see me, but you’re going to see me because I am alive and you’re about to come alive. At that moment you will know absolutely that I’m in my Father, and you’re in me, and I’m in you.” [John 14:18-20 The Message]
 
What causes you to come alive?  I know that seeing my new granddaughter, Lindsey causes me to come alive.  I can’t get enough of her cute little smile or even her adorable squeals. I come alive as I see her parents pour love into her. Being in God’s natural world makes me come alive, too. Of course, Continue reading Come Alive!

By My Works

Saturday, May 16, 2020
“If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you. I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you!” [John 14:15-17 The Message]

“If you love me, show it by doing.” Notice that the way of Christ is a way of life, a way of doing what Jesus taught us to do.  What is amazing about the Christian Church is that we get so caught up in our beliefs that we forget about the importance of our lived faith. I know as a candidate for ministry, I had to craft a statement of belief.  The process tests one’s orthodoxy or right belief. Yet, as I think back on the process I wasn’t necessarily tested Continue reading By My Works