Tag: reverence

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.01.2020

Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:35-36 God …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.30.2020

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. But when …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.29.2020

Have you ever experienced a miracle? An unlikely healing? An interruption of natural laws? I can’t say that I have personally experienced a miracle, although I know people who were healed when physicians said otherwise. Responses to a miracle today are likely just as varied as they were 2000 years ago. Matthew 8 recounts several …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.28.2020

Today I invite you to relax into your favorite chair, rest your head against the back and close your eyes. Take three minutes to listen to this reading of Psalm 8, noticing especially the psalmist’s emphasis on the holiness of God and the vast gulf between God and man. And yet, God is near, only …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.27.2020

God knows it all. He knows when I feel misunderstood, taken advantage of, overlooked, criticized or applauded, appreciated, seen. This song puts it all into words as only a song can. Sit back and take comfort that God knows.

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.26.2020

What do I do knowing that God knows all things. He sees all things. He knows my thoughts even before I think them. He knows what I am going to say before I say it. Jesus is an exact representation of the Father and Jesus clearly knew what people were thinking, even to discerning the …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.25.2020

When I was a child, I hid activities I didn’t want my parents – and older siblings – to know. I could excuse the behavior because it wasn’t breaking one of the BIG TEN. There were other things I did I wanted my parents to see and applaud me for doing. If I worked harder …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.24.2020

In my biblical studies, one of my professors taught on the Trinity — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — one God, three persons. It is a difficult concept to wrap the mind around and I don’t intend to do that now, but something in his teaching comes back to me often. Within the Trinity there …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.23.2020

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Matthrew 5:3 Jesus’ perspective on life and what makes life worth living is astonishingly countercultural — not only in his day but in ours as well. As I began reading the blessings of Jesus, his first …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.22.2020

I am not a buffet person. There is so much pressure for me to taste everything and put as much on the plate as I can. Deciding at the table what suits my tastebuds and discarding the rest is a strategy often used. I don’t like that the food all touches and overlaps retaining none …