Saturday, March 31, 2012

Indiscriminate Telling

Psalms 73: I have made the Sovereign LORD my shelter,
and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.

We discriminate against people when we fail in our telling of the abundant, wonderful life that God has given us. All over the globe the next two Sunday's will be incredible opportunities to invite people to your faith community.

If no one has told you about the wonderful things God does for His children, please accept my apologies. God really does love you and offers a wonderful plan for your lives.

Lord, help us not fail in the telling about the wonderful things you do.

Friday, March 23, 2012

We need more women at the table

This week at a graduate level class we were privileged to have the professor's wife at the table. She is a fully called, anointed, ordained missionary as well as preparing for her Doctoral dissertation. Just having a woman at the table has taken the class certain directions and kept it from others.

I came into the Church later in my life and I am glad I came in without the baggage of sexism that still permeates much of Christianity. My mom was a leader inside and outside the home, my wife is a leader inside and outside the home and my two daughters and daughter in law are also leaders inside and outside the home. All the women in my life are leaders and having them at the table for all decisions with full rights and privileges is not only a good thing, but a God thing. My granddaughter's see this modeled in our family and are growing up knowing they are equal in every aspects of life, and in some aspects of life, will be given preference on decisions. (They refer to most all our property and possessions as their grandmother's, and I am actually good with it. Our lake house is, "grand B's house".)

Sunday is Vienna Assembly of God's annual business meeting. For the first time in its 68 years of existence, the church board will consist of all women. (That is, if the nominating committee's recommendations are voted in.) Next year, we may need to pray for a man at the table.

Lord, in Jesus name, we bring sexism before your rule and reign and ask, humbly to break down every barrier to the will of your kingdom rule. May we soon see women at every table of decision making.

Amen.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wild with rage

Luke 6: 11 At this, the enemies of Jesus were wild with rage and began to discuss what to do with him.

Jesus healed on the Sabbath, and this was a new and different expression. The good people who had studied and researched what to do and not to do on the Sabbath in order to be pleasing to God became so angry they were "wild with rage". Before we pass judgment on the good folks who were so angry, just remember that though we already understand many things about Jesus, we have not yet learned all there is to know. Whatever we know, we don't know everything, and so being open to new understanding simultaneously with an 'ah hah' moment will remain a challenge.

Lord, help us not get "wild with rage", over anything,

In Jesus name, amen.