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Confession

daily reading plan

March 26, 2020 by Steven Lulich

It was 1992, and I was home at Cypress Lane #28. Years earlier, my parents had acquired a cassette tape of country gospel music. As a twelve-year-old, I decided it was time that I memorized all the lyrics for all of the songs on that tape. 

The Bread of Life

March 25, 2020 by Tim O’Connor

“I am the bread of life…For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I in him.” John 6:48, 55-56

My twenty-something year-old children, temporarily apartment-bound, are suddenly enthusiastic about bread. With people everywhere in ‘lockdown’ mode, they are learning the art of making good bread and delighting in consuming it. So this text from today’s Gospel reading naturally caught my eye.

God of the Absurd

March 24, by Dan Waugh

Following along in the reading plan Bob sent yesterday, I had the opportunity to read John 1-3. Twice in these three chapters, John speaks, or Jesus speaks through John, of the new birth.

A Divine Appointment

Mar. 23, 2020 by Pastor Bob

Luke 23:26

His name was Simon of Cyrene. Until this moment no one in history had heard of him. After this moment everyone would know his name. According to Luke, he was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. At least that is the way most people would have seen it.

Prayer from 15 March 2020

A Liturgy for Those Flooded with Too Much Information

In a world so wired an interconnected,
our anxious hearts are pummeled by
an endless barrage of troubling news.
We are daily aware of more grief, O Lord,
than we can rightly consider,
or more suffering and scandal
than we can respond to, or more
hostility, hatred, horror, and injustice
than we can engage with compassion.

Prayer from Sermon (2 Feb 2020)

First Morning: “My First Thought”

(John Baillie)

Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of you, let my first impulse be to worship you, let my first speech be your name, let my first action be to kneel before you.

The Daily Trinitarian Prayer of John Stott

Good morning, heavenly Father; good morning, Lord Jesus; good morning, Holy Spirit.  Heavenly Father, I worship you as the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.  Lord Jesus, I worship you, Savior and Lord of the world.  Holy Spirit, I worship you, Sanctifier of the people of God.  Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever.  Amen

Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your presence and please you more and more.  Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you.  Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three persons in one God, have mercy upon me.  Amen.

Reflections on Daily Reading, May 22nd

I recently read the incredible story of Gideon, a judge whom God raised up to free Israel from the tyranny of the Midianites. The men of Israel rally around Gideon and he gathers a thirty-thousand man army to do battle. But that’s not going to work for God’s purposes – he wants to make sure Israel, and the surrounding nations, know that it is God who is delivering Israel, not Gideon and and Israelite army. So, in an intriguing process, the LORD whittles Gideon’s army down to just three hundred men. And, these three hundred men route the Midianite army and send them fleeing.

The same principle applies, I believe to the church, local and universal. God wants to make sure the we know he is the one that gives the increase. It’s not our business savvy, our wise planning, our strategizing (though of course, those have a place). Nor is political power or cultural clout that will grow the church. That’s Gideon’s army of thirty-thousand. Nope, lay those things aside. It is the humble yet bold witness of the common Christian standing against seemingly impossible odds that God will use to grow the church and bring himself glory.

DW

Reflection on Daily Reading, April 24th

I haven’t posted a reflection in quite some time. To be honest, I fell behind and had some catching up to do.

Having finished the readings on the Law (Genesis thru Deuteronomy) I was struck by a few things that are consistent, but maybe under-noticed themes in these books.

Reflections from Daily Reading, Feb 15th

Today I was reading in Exodus 29 about the ordination of Aaron and his sons for the priesthood. The previous chapters detail at length the prescribed dress for the priests who serve in the Tabernacle. Exodus 29 outlines the laborious, costly, and frankly bloody ordination service that would last a week. At least ten animals were sacrificed during this week long ordination, probably (on my reading) twenty-four animals: a bull and two rams, plus one bull a day for seven days, plus two lambs per day for seven days. It’s incredible, and reminds what a big deal the priesthood was – huge privilege and huge responsibility.

On this side of Christ first advent, we (believers) are all priests. The apostle Peter writes, “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:4-5). This too is an incredible privilege, and an awesome responsibility. We don’t feel the weight of it as much as Aaron and his sons did, in part, because we don’t see the sacrifices offered to consecrate us. But a great sacrifice was made, far greater the twenty-four head of livestock. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ is an atoning sacrifice, but a consecrating one too. By it, we are made holy unto the Lord and consecrated for service. DW