Elijah, the great man of God, was in despair, ready to quit. But it is like the Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi once put it: "Winners never quit, and quitters never win." God did not abandon Elijah, for God is no quitter. He did not quit on the Hebrews, did not quit on Elijah, and will not quit on us. (That is why he sent Jesus.) And that faithfulness is what guarantees that God's ways will prevail, for he is the ultimate winner, the one who never quits! It is as the famed theologian of hope Jurgen Moltmann once wrote: "God is faithful. He does not deny himself.
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.