My Lenten Scripture reading is HERE.
Today leads me to Psalm 103. I am reminded to rejoice in his mercy!Read more
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Ps. 30:5)
The Lord teaches me the way of the Cross and part of that journey is the gift of mourning, or the gift of sorrow. He wants to gift to me the heart of the Father. I can’t have that heart without knowing sorrow. It’s not all about “happy”. The joy is sweeter when the sorrow has been deeper.
There are times throughout my life where I’ve felt rage against “the system” or “evil empires” or just plain city hall. The injustices bother me, even to this day.
About the time I have this internal boiling point hit maximum level, Psalm 73 comes across my path. It is a constant reminder of God’s rule and reign and my need to trust him.Read more
Psalm 5:3 (NIV): In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.
The Lord waits for us in anticipation. Life is built on relationships, and the Lord is anticipating our waking up so he can communicate with us.
Build a life of intercession. Build a life of communication with God. He can’t wait!
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more