The Big E

Evangelism – In the presence of God… be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable…  I used to think it took courage. Now I understand that it really just takes faith. Of the many things we learn and know it doesn’t take courage for us to talk about those things. We freely offer our knowledge, advice and encouragement. Gracious God may our knowledge of you always be the forethought in everything we do and a highlight of our conversations.

Lent Day 21

Navigating the Wilderness

I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some.  1 Corinthians 9:16-27  Paul already knows that not everyone will receive him as an apostle in Christ but it won’t be for lack of trying. As a believer he celebrated with the Jews, practiced law with the Pharisees, prayed with the Gentiles and ate with the marginalized. With all the world has to offer, detours in life are bound to happen. No one promises that the journey will be straight. Don’ suffer the detours! Remember, the purpose for the journey never changes; to proclaim the gospel, and to praise and glorify God in order that others may also come to believe.

 

 

Playing Small

“We don’t know”  Matthew 21:23-32  From A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles, Marianne Williamson wrote: Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure… You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  Unlike the chief priests, Jesus and John the Baptist refused to play small. They carried out their ministry according to God’s perfect plan, never retreating or smoldering the light that was placed by God within them. Likewise, we don’t do ourselves or anyone else any favors by hiding who we are or hiding the authority by whom we have been given our gifts. Like the prophets before him John’s message of repentance had been heard before and like the hearers before, many in Jesus’ Palestine were used to ignoring them. Yet today, John’s message survives and continues to shine. If we are to claim the Kingdom of God we must over and again hear John’smessage and rise to proclaim the Gospel for which it lends. Remembering that the knowledge we have in God is only as important as our willingness to believe and respond to our calling.