Genesis 37: 12-24 and Mark 1: 14 - 28
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1 Cor. 1:1-19
In this letter Paul writes to remind all that God has provided each person with gifts. He emphasizes and expresses gratitude that a church is enriched by the sharing of one’s gifts.
God empowers us through the use of spiritual gifts. The church will never be all that she could be unless all God’s people are using their spiritual gifts. Regardless of how big or small you think your gift is, God wants you to use it.
FEB. 19 / MONDAY
A Meditation for the First Sunday in Lent, February 18
“Then a voice came from the heavens: “You are my beloved son. On you my favor rests.” Mark 1:11
What if who Jesus is right now, by nature, you and I are becoming by Grace? What would that mean for you?
What if who Jesus was in His humanity is by His gift what we have already become by His gift? What would that mean for you?
What if these words recounted in Mark are already addressed to you and to me? What would that mean for you?
A Meditation for Saturday, February 17
Philippians 4: 10 -20
Philippians 4: 1-9
“The Lord is near.” Four small words that remind us of the presence of Jesus in every moment of our lives.
If we go to the sea or to the mountains, you are near. If we are at work or at play, you are near. If we are at school, you are near. If we are at home or out in the neighborhood, you are near. If we are confused and lonely, you are near. If we are anxious and fearful, you are near. If we are in our darkest hours, you are near.
A Meditation for Thursday February 15
Philippians 3:12 - 21
Over the years I have run several 6 mile races, one 13 mile (half marathon) and a lot of 5k races. All I am doing each time is trying to finish the race, and I have a great sense of achievement each time when I do just that. But I do have a sense of straining forward to beat my own previous best time, or at least achieve a similar time to previous good times.
A meditation for Ash Wednesday.
“Jesus have mercy on me, a sinner”.
It’s not about being right. It’s about being in right relationship.
Few of us like to be wrong. Most of us will stand in our own self-justification. Being humble; making ourselves vulnerable, is not fashionable in our culture.
A meditation on Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26.
I am struck by two aspects of God’s love in this passage – its strength and its steadfastness. “I will crush his foes before him.” “My faithfulness and love shall be with him.” When reflecting on this unwavering and powerful love in the context of our Alleluia Fund ministries, I feel God’s nudge to crush the foes: homelessness, hunger, hopelessness. And, to offer faithfulness and love to all our neighbors, but especially those who are most vulnerable.
A meditation on Psalm 55
The psalmist has painted a chilling picture of the soul’s darkness: “My heart quakes within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me". (Psalm 55:5) All of us know winter’s darkness; many of know the soul’s darkness; most of us acknowledge the current world’s darkness.
Innumerable troubles are at work in a soup kitchen. Many of our guests have not had a roof over their heads in years. For others, the only roof they know is that of the local shelters, where they must obey a curfew, do chores after a long day at work, and sleep on a thin mattress alongside thirty other people. And for those that do have an apartment, every day is a struggle to balance a fixed income with rising housing costs.