Psalm 86-90; Ephesians 1
I want to revisit a psalm I read yesterday morning, Psalm 81.8-16. ”If only…” That’s the heart song here. ”If only you would listen to me, Israel!” Later, it says: “How I wish my people would listen to me! How I wish Israel would walk in my ways! Then I would subdue their enemies in a second; I would turn my hand against their foes. Those who hate the LORD would grovel before me, and their doom would last forever! But I would feed you with the finest wheat. I would satisfy you with honey from the rock.”
My prayer, America, is that we, in light of yet another terrorist attack, will respond appropriately. [click to continue…]
Psalm 66-70; Galatians 1
I’m struck, as I pray and read today, by the sense of urgency in God’s word. What if we were to recapture that sense of urgency? We’re called to urgency, if for no other reason than the ongoing fact that we “are so quickly deserting the one who called us by the grace of Christ to follow another gospel”(Galatians 1.6). [click to continue…]
What do we do now, Lord? You, our champion, have been humiliated beyond infamy. Hope? A sense of God’s promise? Nah. With you here, both hang dead upon this Pagan-made, executioner’s tool. We thought you were the one. Here you hang, our one true chance at redemption–our hope of rising from those centuries-old ashes. But, nope: it’s over; it’s finished. What did you mean, “It is finished”? [click to continue…]
Psalm 25-30; 2 Corinthians 8
Today, in exercising my life of prayer, I’m both convicted and encouraged. Ministering in an affluent church comes with many perks but maybe, Spiritually speaking, even more challenges (Matt.19.24). I don’t know which is better known: Stan Lee’s quote from Uncle Ben Parker or Jesus in Luke12.48. But, either way, we must be SUPER careful when it comes to discerning what “responsibility” or what “much” means in both. [click to continue…]
Psalm 16-20; 2 Cor. 6
I was reading from Eugene Peterson’s Under the Unpredictable Plant the other day. In it, he makes the case for God’s people living a life of prayer. Such a life begins with a worshiping community each week (or at some point during the week). Then there’s the daily practice of praying the psalms (5/day gets one through the book in about a month). Lastly, there’s the important element of prayers remembered during the hours of any given day. [click to continue…]
I love to see the land come alive again in spring. Winter, it seems, was there to quell the adolescent urges of earth. Spring thinks it’s always spring, needing the nurture of a nature mother, mature in the ways of living—in the ways of the glorious—to caress and discipline its dire need to be known in the eyes, in the noses, in the ears, on the tongues, and in the sensation of living skin populating such a lively planet. Beauty abounds in spring; and, precisely because of beauty’s abundance, winter must come to teach us, to remind us, that we are alive and that the world is indeed a beautiful place. Without death, we cannot know life (1 Corinthians 15.35-50). [click to continue…]
Remember Martin from a previous post on MinistryDaily.com? Check this out!
From Martin Boroson:
One of my dreams is to introduce One-Moment Meditation in workplaces–
to relieve stress and help organizations function more mindfully.
Well, the Wisdom 2.0 Conference was created by some leaders at Google
and Twitter to explore ideas just like this … and I have been selected as
a finalist to give a workshop at their next conference. [click to continue…]
Thanksgiving for Recovery from Illness
1 I love the Lord, because he has heard
my voice and my supplications.
2 Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
3 The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
‘O Lord, I pray, save my life!’ [click to continue…]