Micah 6:1-8 We have a confession in the common service. When we sinned as children didn't we have to confess if we had done something wrong? We didn't just go ahead as though nothing had happened. The genuineness of our confession would determine where we went from there. Apologies come first with others and with our God! Don't just start with your want list!
God asks us to tell him what we think he has done wrong. We won't have an answer if we hear what he has done for us and how we have failed him. Every pastor should help us answer this question!
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Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” (vv. 30-32)
Bethany Peerbolte Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Dean Feldmeyer Chris Keating George Reed
For June 13, 2021:
The Image of God by Bethany Peerbolte — Pride at its core is a time for people to cry out to God about the oppression and pain they have suffered. They have the right to hear God respond with powerful rescue.
Second Thoughts: Uprooting Evil by Tom Willadsen — Our culture continues to reap a harvest of racism. How can we uproot it? What can we transplant in its place?
The old aphorism claims that “seeing is believing.” Doubting Thomas might agree. And so, too, would the present culture, which seems increasingly to prefer the physical over the metaphysical. We believe what we can see, but we are skeptical of what we cannot.
1 Samuel 15:34--16:13 Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. -- 1 Samuel 16:7
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. (vv. 1-4)
I've got a home in that kingdom -- ain't that good news. I've got a home in that kingdom -- ain't that good news. I'm gonna lay down this world, I'm gonna shoulder up my cross, I'm gonna take it home to my Jesus, ain't that good news.1
"... It is like mustard seed ... the smallest of all the earth's seeds ... yet ... springs up to become the largest of shrubs ..."
A mustard seed yields power in different ways.
We are all, I believe, familiar with the story of the Titanic. An unsinkable ship on its maiden voyage strikes an iceberg. The ship goes down, over a thousand people die. It's an amazing story, which is why it's been told not only on the silver screen and on Broadway, but in countless books as well.
It seems to me that the so-called "reality" television shows that have proliferated on the airwaves recently have introduced some new lows in the quality of broadcasting, and one of the more unwholesome -- and dare I say even ungodly -- notions they have reinforced is that what you look like is a measure of your value as a person.
Two shows in particular promote this view: Extreme Makeover and Average Joe.