Wednesday, August 20, 2014

(Aug. 17) Sunday Snippet

Genesis 37:3-4, 12-28

“Earlier in the book of Genesis,” Barbara Brown Taylor points out, “God was never hard to find,” but now, in Joseph’s time “God had become silent." No more direct lectures from God, not even a response to an inexcusable act of family violence, through it all -- the plot to murder, the plan to cover it up, the toss down the well and a new life in slavery… God is mentioned nowhere in Genesis chapter 37.  Through it all, God remained silent. Joseph discover's the harsh reality that sometimes no-answer is the answer.   

So, Taylor goes on to say, “When Joseph wanted to hear the voice of God, he listened to his life – to his dreams, to the people he met along the way, to the good things that happened day after day …”

And like Joseph, that, my friends, is what we must do as well. Listen to your life. What are your hopes? Do you hear the voices of all those people you’ve met along the way? Do you see all those who have helped shape who and what you are today? All those teachers, preachers, coaches, and family members who have cultivated your character and refined your faith…

Can you see that hindsight is 20/20? Can you see that you don’t have to have all the answers in order to validate good news – the good news that even when we fail to see it, day after day, right before our very eyes, God is still speaking.

Friday, August 1, 2014

(July 27) Sunday Snippet

Today I will start being a Superhero.
I will be grateful for the day I have been given.  Time is a precious commodity.  I refuse to allow what little time I have been given to be contaminated by self-pity or boredom.  I will face this day with the joy of a child and the curiosity of a cat.  I will savor each moment as though it were my last.  When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever.  While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving. 
Today I will start being a Superhero.

I will spend at least five minutes talking, really talking, not just complaining about all the problems in the world or wondering what to eat for supper, but really talking to someone. Today I will start cherishing quality time more than quantity of time. Today I will do more hugging and less nudging.  Today I will be more easy-going and less controlling. 

Today I will start being a Superhero.

I want to be the best Superhero I can be.  I will put into practice the super-power God has given me (whatever that may be).  Making the world a better place begins with me.  Today I pledge to do my part. Today is the day I start being the kind of Christian Superhero God wants me to be.

Today I will start being a Superhero—like Christ, for Christ.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

(July 13) Sunday Snippet

            Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

A preacher once had a dream that he walked into a new store in the mall and to his surprise found God behind the counter. “What do you sell here?” he asked. “Everything your heart desires,” said God. 

Hardly daring to believe what he was hearing, the preacher decided to ask for the best things any human could wish for.  “I'll take some peace of mind, love and happiness, wisdom and freedom from fear,” he said.  Then as an afterthought, he added, “Not just for me, but for everyone on earth.”  God smiled. “I think you've got me all wrong, good man,” God said, “We don't sell the fruits herewe only sell the seeds.”

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear,” Jesus said.  “The soil” (how people respond to the gospel) will always differ.  The good news is the seed of God’s love always remains the same. Spread God’s seed is the message here.  Stop focusing so much on the different types of soil.  As a disciple your task is to "keep doing" one thingscattering seed—and not just on the easy, fertile soil—but everywhere!  And when you are done with that, go scatter some more. Keep scattering. 

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