An exploration of the wide, expansive nature of God through the study of scripture.
"This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" Romans 8:15
Daily reading: Mark 10:46-52
August 10, 2015
Focus scripture: When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, he began to shout, “Jesus,
Son of David, show me mercy!” Mark 10:47
Bartimaeus was seeking for transformation
in his life.He cried out to Jesus so
that he could have sight, he cried out so that he could go from being a beggar
on the street, dependent upon the kindness of his community to sustain his
life, so that he could get up and “follow Jesus on the way.”What Bartimaeaus had the faith to do, is to
imagine that life, his life could be transformed.What he cried out for was new life.
Bartimaeus threw off his coat when Jesus
called to him.According to Matthew
Henry’s commentary “he cast away everything that might be in danger of throwing
him down, or might in any way hinder him in coming to Christ – [he] cast away
the garment of [his] own self sufficiency.”
What might you need to cast away that
causes you to be dragged down?What do
you carry around in your every day life that keeps you from fully embracing the
presence of Christ in your life?
Prayer:God help me to fully depend upon you.Open my eyes to the places where I am blind to growth.Amen.
reading: Acts 15:1-19 Monday May
15, 2017 As the body
of believers is growing and the Spirit is out ahead of the physical movement of
followers, infusing communities and surprising both believers and
non-believers, word has spread to Paul and Barnabas out in the Gentile
community that those in Judea believe that salvation only comes to those who
are circumcised. The church in Antioch
sends Paul, and Barnabas and several others to Jerusalem so they can present a
different view point. When they
arrived, they give a full report of the Gentile conversions and the work of the
Spirit in the communities they had visited.
It is at this meeting that some of the scholars of the law stand up and
say, “The Gentiles must be circumcised.
They must be required to keep the Law from Moses.” And thus a
debate ensues. While we
have a tendency to use scripture as a weapon to prove we are right, be it on a
number of issues throughout time as a means to end the discussion, that is not
what the Jerusale…
Job 1:1-22 Saturday July 9,
2016 Focus passage:
Job arose, tore his clothes, shaved his head, fell to the ground, and worshiped. In all this, Job didn’t sin or blame God Job 1:21-22 There is
unimaginable suffering that happens in our world. We have heard of others like Job that have
lost everything in the blink of an eye.
For those of us who are worriers, when we hear about similar stories in
the news it send us into a state of panic and anxiety. So the more
beneficial question is how do we respond to undeserved suffering? Job responds by
praying to God and blessing God’s name. If the book ended
here, it would be a much simpler parable.
We still would have to deal with a God figure that allowed undeserved
suffering for the sake of proving a point, but it wraps itself up quite
nicely. Job is faithful when he is
wealthy and happy beyond measure and is still faithful when all has been taken
away and he has suffered unimaginable lose.
Job 42:1-6 Sunday August 7,
2016 Focus passage: My ears had heard about you, but now my eyes have
seen you. Therefore, I relent and find
comfort on dust and ashes. Job 42:5-6 While on vacation,
I had the pleasure of finally meeting one of my neighbors. My kids and husband had met him probably
about a year ago, but I was always away from the house when they had their
conversations over the fence that our yards share. He asked what I
do for a living and our conversation blossomed.
What was intended to be a quick question at our front door ended up with
a conversation around our dinner table.
He really wanted to hear what I thought about the life of the church in
this era of what seems like a mass exodus from faith communities. I won’t go into the details of our
conversation, but will highlight a common theme. Laced throughout the conversation was the
theme of why faith and faithfulness is important and how we live our faith is
vital not only for ourselves but for our c…