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. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 4th Prayer

Almighty God-

We thank you for the men and women who
have made this country strong. They are models for us,
though we often fall short of them.
Inspire us.

We thank you for the torch of liberty that has
been lit in this land.  It has drawn people from
every nation, though we have often hidden from its light.
Enlighten us.

We thank you for the faith we have inherited in all its rich variety. 
It sustains our life, though we have been faithless again and again.
Renew us. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

(June 15) Sunday Snippet

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, 
for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
―Matthew 6:34

This scripture is without a doubt one of the most quoted passages in the New Testament. In it we are being challenged to be more like the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. We are being challenged by God to make an effort to detach ourselves from senseless worry and to put our trust instead into divine satisfaction. 

It sounds simple, but this passage might very well be (especially for us modern day Christians with all of our gadgets and conveniences) the most challenging to put into practice.  In it we are being challenged to really only do one thing (one thing, however, that just might make all the ‘spiritual’ difference in the world). That one thing being ― don’t let your worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.

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