Friday, April 29, 2011
Place your hands over your eyes and pray that you would have the strength to only look at things which are good and pure.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Dear Jesus, send your Spirit on us so that we will be taught to pray. Prayer is hard, requiring great effort, but when done, effortless. I confess I have never liked to pray. Prayer is too much like begging. So I have to pray that your generous Spirit will teach me to beg. I beg you to help all of us discover that our lives are constituted by prayer, so that we may be in your world one mighty, joyous prayer. Make us so rested by such prayer, so content to be your people, that we kill no more. Amen (Stanley Hauerwas)
Monday, April 25, 2011
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Sometimes it's humbling to be reminded that God knows my heart and thoughts better than I do.
Monday, April 18, 2011
What Makes This Week Holy? | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction
Prayer after Mass by the Missionaries of Charity (founded by Mother Teresa)
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
"All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful."
It's true isn't it! Grace catches us off guard, we don't know how to handle it or what to do in response to it. Change is never easy. Change in routine, hair style, church home, job/career. The simple choice is to resist change like the plague and go about our merry way, but that is the antithesis to the Gospel. God's grace changes us and even though we want that ultimately, it's still difficult. Perhaps we have things to cushy in life and so the change in life that grace initially brings and continues to foster seems like God is asking too much...but Jesus thought we were worth it.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
How to read a book (and not miss the point) | The Christian Century
Proverbs 31:8-9 (New Living Translation)8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
9 Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.
This past week we had 60 adults and students from our community who put these verses into practice as the served and met needs by building wheelchair ramps, painting, spending time ministering to apartment complexes, scrubbing graffiti and praying for the people they came in contact with through a Kingdom Builder's Spring Break Project. It's good for us to be reminded that the cause of the "poor and helpless" is something that God cares about...and so should we.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
I came across two thoughts from very different thinkers on pubs...that's right pubs (as in the English version of your local neighborhood watering hole, bar, etc.).
James Emery White offered some interesting thoughts, penned in the pub he mentions no less.
Walter B. Shurden, Minister at Large, Mercer University included some comments about this article on the death of pubs in The Economist, in his most recent edition of his preaching journal. To the article's comments Shurden added, What a definition of the church:"The preserve of a flower arranging few." God help us! What a definition of a pub: "the beating heart of a community."
Oh, that the church would cease to be the preservative of life and ministry of years gone by and increasingly become a place of community that finds it's center in the Christ event of Good Friday and Easter Sunday!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Two excerpts I want to share with you on the matter of love...
You cannot love a fellow-creature fully until you love God. The Great Divorce
Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.
The Four Loves