Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
If a person sits, not moving, not speaking, but his mind is fixed on the faithfulness of God. His spirit is given to thankfulness for God’s faithfulness. He remembers episodes of that faithfulness being demonstrated. In all the time, he is so engaged, he is worshiping.
And if that thought process moves him to speak aloud prayers of thankfulness, that is still worship. And if the move him to sing and dance, that is still worship.
Often we get caught up in the words, the style of worship. People argue. Hymns or worship songs. Guitars. Suits and ties or cut-offs. If we are caught up in the cultural expressions, our hearts and mind are not given over to God’s goodness and greatness.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
The next "story" is not really a story. It seems to be more of a long simile.
The kingdom is like taking a very small seed and planting it in your garden. It germinates, grows to maturity and becomes the biggest plant in the garden. It becomes so big, birds can build their nests in it.
I don't think the point is how it ends up. I think Jesus is emphasizing how it begins. It is small, insignificant and almost unnoticed.
Jesus began with twelve untrained, uneducated people. There were no starts, no special talents and no money. They had more training, more experience when Jesus left, but they were still pretty much regular people. Regular people who turned the world upside down ... with out TV, computers, the internet, seminaries, mega-churches, sound systems, automobiles or smart phones. (The didn't even have land lines. Snail mail really was snail mail.)
Maybe "dominating the garden" is not so much about glamour, gizmos or glitz. Maybe it's about the kind of people we become.