Posts made in June, 2019

Jesus wants friends

I never knew you Have you ever known a namedropper?   You know, someone who always mentions the important people he or she knows?   Usually, the person is exaggerating, with some distant connection or contact turning into  “I know that person well!” In today’s Gospel reading (Matthew 7:23), Jesus makes it clear that name-dropping doesn’t work with him.   He wants to have a real, living relationship with us.  He doesn’t want us to settle for a...

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I am your shield

Fear not, Abram! I am your shield; I will make your reward very great When Abram was seventy-five years old, God made a covenant with him and promised that he would become the father of many nations (Genesis 12:1-4).   In today’s reading (Genesis 15:1), years have passed, and Abram is still waiting for these promises to be fulfilled.   When he voices his concerns over the delay, God assures him that his promises are unchanging.   He will have...

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Help me to stay on the path that leads to life

How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life In C. S. Lewis’ book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, a young girl named Lucy stumbles into a big wardrobe crowded with fur coats.   She scrambles to the back of it, only to find that she has stepped into the land of Narnia.   As she is about to enter this new land, Lucy looks back for a moment and considers returning to the safety of the wardrobe.   Narnia is a strange...

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What’s in a name?

He will be called John “What’s in a name?” This famous question from Shakespeare seems to say that what you call someone doesn’t matter;   only the person’s character is important.   But in Scripture, names matter quite a bit.   They often signify a person’s character or indicate God’s intentions for a person.   For example, Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter because he wanted to build his Church on the “rock” of his faith. So it was with John...

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He wants to spend time with you

As the day was drawing to a close . . .  Why did Jesus keep the people so late?   Was he unaware of the passing of time?   Or was he so caught up with healing them that he forgot that they would need to eat?   Neither scenario is very likely.   Jesus was always aware of his surroundings, and he never did something without first thinking it through. No, Jesus knew what he was doing and why he was doing it.   He knew he would need to feed this...

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