Tag: scripture

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.24.2021

. . . I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 When I read this verse, I am brought up short. Immediately, I have to ask myself a question: am I relying on the …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.23.2021

Apostle Paul intrigues me. His determination before conversion to do what he believed to be the right thing — get rid of Christians — and his complete reversal afterwards — telling everyone that Jesus is the Messiah, astounds me. He pursued his goal relentlessly with fervor. His strategies could easily be adapted for sharing the …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.22.2021

4He had to go through Samaria on the way. 5Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 7Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.21.2021

Considering the great commission — while you are on your way, about your every day activity, make disciples. Teach them how to follow me! (Bev’s translation) — what makes doing this complicated or difficult? The most obvious hindrance is a limited social context – everyone in my circles is already a Jesus follower! It seems …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.20.2021

Sunday morning our church had baptism. In two services, there were twelve people who said yes to Jesus and, in front of hundreds of others, took part in Christian baptism. It is a public testimony of an individual’s desire to follow Jesus. Before the baptisms, the individuals shared a brief testimony of their personal commitment …

OUT OF THE CHAO 09.17.2021

Occasionally I come across something I wish would not end. It might be some food or drink that is absolutely incredible, a great movie or book, a perfect evening under the night sky or a great interaction with a friend. It seems more often I am eager for something to end. It might be a …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.16.2021

Somewhere along the way I learned, as a parent, it was easy for me to over promise and under deliver. I made commitments I couldn’t keep. Likely, this has as much to do with the way I am put together as anything. I hate to disappoint anyone so I am eager to please. I want …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.15.2021

Peace. Is peace the absence of conflict? Or is it, perhaps, something more substantive than that? I am sure I am not the only one who has gone to some sort of event — for many it is a family gathering — under the guise of peace. The goal is to eliminate arguments, fist fights …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.14.2021

In the overnight hours, the scripture from Isaiah 9 promising a Messiah, someone to carry my burdens and set me free, ran through my mind. Isaiah foretells the birth of a child followed by qualifying phrases that describe what the Messiah will accomplish and the kind of person he will be to his people. The …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.13.2021

In my journeying on Friday, I happened upon a young girl carrying a backpack. She was a very slight person, in her teens, with long slender arms that hung at her sides, her finger tips resting on equally slender legs. Her backback was nearly half her size and it hung on her like a burden, …