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08 March 2021Just a thought

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.  My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. 

 - Psalm 63:5-8  (English Standard Version)

06 March 2021Just a thought

I was going to start jogging, but then I read Proverbs 28: 1: 

‘Wicked people run away when no one chases them’. 

That’s that then. 

06 March 2021Just a thought

I was going to start jogging, but then I read Proverbs 28: 1: 

‘Wicked people run away when no one chases them’. 

That’s that then. 

05 March 2021Just a thought

Christianity and Christians: 

The best argument for Christianity is Christians; their joy, their certainty, their completeness.  But the strongest argument against Christianity is also Christians—when they are sombre and joyless, when they are self-righteous and smug in complacent consecration, when they are narrow and repressive, then Christianity dies a thousand deaths. 

 - Sheldon Vanauken 

04 March 2021Just a thought

Search the Scriptures: 

I speak as a man of the world to men of the world; and I say to you, Search the Scriptures!  The Bible is the book of all others, to be read at all ages, and in all conditions of human life; not to be read once or twice or thrice through, and then laid aside, but to be read in small portions of one or two chapters every day, and never to be intermitted, unless by some overruling necessity. 

 - John Quincy Adams (sixth president of the United States, 1825 to 1829) 

03 March 2021Just a thought

God loves us already and has from our very beginning.  The Christian life is not about believing or doing what we need to believe or do so that we can be saved.  Rather, it's about seeing what is already true – that God loves us already – and then beginning to live in this relationship.  It is about becoming conscious of and intentional about a deepening relationship with God. 

-- Marcus Borg 

02 March 2021Just a thought

A Famous Prayer 

O Christ, the Master Carpenter, 

who at the last through wood and nails purchased our whole salvation; 

wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, 

so that we who come rough-hewn to your work bench 

may be fashioned to a truer beauty by your hand.  Amen. 

 - The Iona Community

01 March 2021Just a thought

Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!  (Matthew 7:7-12) 

 

Jesus offers us an attractive picture of God: a loving parent, eager to give his children all that they need. Think for a few moments about this image of a loving God.  How true is this image to your own experience of God?  When you have asked, searched, and knocked, has God’s response always been positive?  You might recall both times when it has, but also times when God hasn’t seemed to respond to your requests.  Perhaps you are searching and knocking even harder during this difficult time.   

 

Sometimes even a good parent won’t give what they’re asked for.  Might that fact add something to the deeper understanding or prayer that we are seeking here?   

 

Read this passage again in the context of your own experience of giving, or not giving, to those who ask you for things.  Why not respond now to Jesus as he suggests, asking for whatever you most need in your own life at the present time? 

 - Adapted from Pray As You Go.

27 February 2021Just a thought

I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God’s work. 

 - Brooks Atkinson 

26 February 2021Just a thought

Fear knocked at the door, faith answered, and no one was there. 

— Old Irish Proverb

25 February 2021Just a thought

Other prophets, other messiahs, came and went in Jesus’ day.  Routinely, they died violently at the hands of the pagan enemy.  Their movements either died with them, sometimes literally, or transformed themselves into a new movement around a new leader.  Jesus’ movement did neither. Within days of his execution, it found a new lease of life; within weeks it was announcing that he was indeed the messiah; within a year or two it was proclaiming him to pagans as their rightful Lord.  How can a historian explain this astonishing transformation? 

― Marcus J. Borg, The Meaning of Jesus

24 February 2021Just a thought

The Christian life is but a constant re-beginning, a return to grace every day, sometimes even every hour, through Him who, after each failure, pardons so that all things should be made new. 

 - Robert Schutz 

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