What the Spirit Brings

The Daily: Friday May 22, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 33:12-22 (NRSV, The Message); Job 37:1-13  (NRSV, The Message); 1 Corinthians 15:50-57 (NRSV, The Message)

I need to emphasize, friends, that our natural, earthy lives don’t in themselves lead us by their very nature into the kingdom of God. Their very “nature” is to die, so how could they “naturally” end up in the Life kingdom?

But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed.              1 Corinthians 15:50-51

Paul got it. Paul new he had encountered something else other than the religious understanding of his day. If he was around in the 90’s, he would have penned “we are not physical beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a physical experience,” but he thought and wrote in an era that understood things through story, that still had an understanding of a pantheon of gods. His imagination was captured by the risen Christ, who still lays hold of our imagination. Paul echoed Jesus’ invitation for us to enter the Kingdom of God now, to be changed now, to live differently now.

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Susan Frisby, Sergio Geribon, Jr. , Faustina

 

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The Daily: Tuesday May 19, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 115 (NRSV, The Message); Numbers 8:5-22  (NRSV, The Message); Titus 1:1-9 (NRSV, The Message)

Their gods are metal and wood,
handmade in a basement shop:
Carved mouths that can’t talk,
painted eyes that can’t see,
Tin ears that can’t hear,
molded noses that can’t smell,
Hands that can’t grasp, feet that can’t walk or run,
throats that never utter a sound.
Those who make them have become just like them,
have become just like the gods they trust.    Psalm 115:4-8 (The Message)

My word, yes! “Those who make them become just like them, have become just like the God’s they trust.” We are created to create – when we worship what we create, it becomes idolatry, whether that is a philosophy, economic system, or religion. And then we become like what we create.

I want to trust Jesus; I want to become like him.

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Susan Frisby, Sergio Geribon, Jr. , Faustina

 

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Pentecost Sunday

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What was it about the early church that made such an impact on the society? Pentecost is the commemoration of the birth of the church, when the Holy Spirit blew into the lives of the early followers of Jesus.

Join us Sunday as we explore the story of the Pentecost and we ask with the prophet Ezekiel “can these dry bones live?”