The weariness of terrorism and racism in our news last week can exhaust us. There are times when we truly wonder: How long, O Lord?”
The psalm in my reading this morning gives me a reminder on perspective:
“You love evil more than good; you love lying more than speaking what is right. Selah You love all destructive words; you love the deceiving tongue. But God will take you down permanently; he will snatch you up, tear you out of your tent, and uproot you from the land of the living! Selah”
Psalms 52:3-5 CEB
There will always be tumultuous times. There are specific times of upheaval that have major impacts for a generation to come. I believe we have been in that specific window and it’s about to close. However, tumultuous times will always be with us. Continue reading “A steady heart locks onto the Kingdom”
Reading for Today:
Psalm 97, 99, 100, 94, 95
1 Cor. 11:17-34
This particular time period may be one of the most upside down time periods I’ve experienced in my lifetime in American Christianity. Continue reading “The upside down church”
Reading for today:
Psalms: 50, 59, 60, 19, 46
1 Cor. 2:14-3:15
Unrest in our souls makes a season like Lent tough. Continue reading “The challenge to fix our gaze”
The way of the cross doesn’t make sense. Not to this world. Not to culturalized Christianity. But the way of the cross is exactly what we need.
Reading for today:
Psalm 45, 47, 48
I Cor. 1:20-31
This hymn was sung in the church we attended the past Sunday. The words have tumbled through my spirit ever since.
Bless now, O God, the journey that all your people make,
the path through noise and silence, the way of give and take.
The trail is found in desert and winds the mountain round,
then leads beside still waters, the road where faith is found.
Bless sojourners and pilgrims who share this winding way;
your hope burns through the terrors, you love sustains the day.
We yearn for holy freedom while often we are bound;
together we are seeking the road where faith is found.
Divine eternal lover, you meet us on the road.
We wait for lands of promise where milk and honey flow,
but waiting not for places, you meet us all around.
Our covenant is written on roads, as faith is found.
Words: Sylvia Dunstan (1955-1993)
The second verse is something I carry this week. We often walk in bondage and just don’t recognize it. We think we have freedom, yet we are bound. The way of the cross will lead us to true freedom. This is my longing prayer for the day.
The Sunday we announced our resignation as pastors of Heights Church, the Lord had me share from Acts 16 when Paul came to Troas. He had been trying to get into new territory to preach the gospel and a couple of times the Spirit kept him from heading in particular directions. Finally, he came to Troas and it was there the Lord showed him what was next. Continue reading “Advent Reading — He is our strong deliverer”
When there is evil in the world, there is a tendency as 21st Century Americans that it is somehow our duty to get rid of it. All of it. Right now. Continue reading “Advent Reading: The place of trust”