The Psalms were the life blood and bed rock for the Hebrew people. They interiorized and immersed themselves in them each day. Jesus did the same. He called upon the Psalms memorized in His heart when words would not come. On the Cross… “Father Why Have You Forsaken Me?” and “Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit”. The Psalms capture and communicate the highs and lows of life for us from times of Lament to times Of Praise.Continue reading
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Psalm 23 The Lord is My Shepherd. We normally think of Psalm 23 at times of grief, loss and trouble but this Psalm can Shepherd us in another way too. ” I Shall not Want!” Perhaps we can read this Psalm before we go to the Mall to remind us of other options for our time and resources.Continue reading
We might call Psalm 118 a Club Sandwich, a healthy one. Psalm 118 is sandwiched between Psalm 117 the Shortest Psalm and Psalm 119 the Longest Psalm. And it is piled high with healthy ingredients for us. The nutritional ingredient it offers us is GRATITUDE! Psalm 118 rejoices, “Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good! His Steadfast Love Endures For-Ever! The psalmist rejoices because this extraordinary moment has come as a gift against all odds! It’s the story of Abraham and Sara giving birth to Isaac “when they were as good as dead!”. It’s Eddie Rickenbacker’s “Sea Gull in the middle of the South Pacific!”. God acts with “Todah” moments for us too! Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good!Continue reading
Some Psalms Sing Out, “Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord!” Psalm 13 makes a noise of a different sort. It sighs and aches! Psalm 13 Reveals Real Raw human Reaction and Response to the Lows of Life. Yet it Looks to God! God desires us to be honest with Him so that He can come with Real Healing and Hope!Continue reading
Saw it on the side of a building while strolling down a Hill Country sidewalk, “Come for Comfort!” ( It was in Comfort Texas). Comfort is what we need during our summer slow down, isn’t it?! A wise adage offers, Unless we “go apart” we will “come apart!”. Psalm 8 is about a quiet time of reflection that can fill the soul! David received it on a hillside while shepherding sheep and gazing into the heavens.Continue reading
Trinity Sunday is about two views. The First is our experience of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit or as Creator, Redeemer & Lord and Comforter & Constant Companion. The Second view is “Trinity” Lutheran, US, the people of Trinity since 1851.Continue reading
Bearing Fruit for Christ is what we want to do! There are Five Practices that produce such fruit bearing. The first is Radical Hospitality! The four that follow are: Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-taking Mission and Service and Extravagant Generosity. Radical Hospitality is about being Inviting, Welcoming… even beyond our comfort circles … to be as Christ to our new neighbor.Continue reading
Our pilgrimage thru the Five Practices of Fruitful Living is like the laundry list of Health and Habit questions at the Doctor’s office. These practices keep us healthy and whole. The fourth healthy practice, Risk-Taking Mission and Service keeps our Heart of Faith pumping life into us and into others! Clay Crockett is an example before our eyes.Continue reading
The First Practice of Fruitful Congregations and Fruitful Living is Radical Hospitality. Jesus practiced radical hospitality. Jesus was Radical Hospitality. He kept His heart open to all. We would do well to practice the same. We are a part of the Body Of Christ because someone welcomed us. We are to do the same.Continue reading