Saturday, June 30, 2007
praying & doing
My faith teaches me that I can sit in church and pray all I want, but I won't be fulfilling God's will unless I go out and do the Lord's work.
-- Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
The way of Jesus is radically different. It is the way not of upward mobility but of downward mobility. It is going to the bottom, staying behind the sets, and choosing the last place! Why is the way of Jesus worth choosing? Because it is the way to the Kingdom, the way Jesus took, and the way that brings everlasting life.
-- Henri Nouwen Society
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
something to puzzle over
-- The Rev. Ann Holmes Redding, an Episcopal priest in Seattle, explaining to the Seattle Times that she is also a practicing Muslim.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Independence (Peace) Day
Monday, June 25, 2007
get rid of mirrors
Sunday, June 24, 2007
-- Thom S. Rainer
Friday, June 22, 2007
Are we providing answers?
-- Howard Hendricks
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Peter Cook: "Oh yes, I'm certain I could repeat them exactly."
For spiritual insight re the above, contemplate Romans 7:14-20.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
To find the church, check their web site. During the summer there is only one service at 9:30 a.m. followed by an adult discussion group. My message, Do We Fear Jesus? is on the Gospel lesson for the day, Luke 8:26-39.
I would love to see you.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
CAN'T BE ANSWERED BY GOOGLE
-- Claude Presbyterian Church
Monday, June 18, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
-- Henri Nouwen Society
Thursday, June 14, 2007
When Death Comes
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it's over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don't want to end up having simply visited this world.
-- Mary Oliver
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
calm breeds calm.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
for it is in God alone that I dwell unafraid.
Let us bless the Earth-maker, the Pain-bearer, the Life-giver,
let us praise and exalt God above all for ever.
May God's name be praised beyond the furthest star,
glorified and exalted above all for ever.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Jesus had to deal with a lot of difficult people. Here are FOUR methods he modeled through his life:
1. Realize you can't please everybody (John 5:30). Even God can't do that! One wants rain while the other demands sunshine.
2. Refuse to play their game (Matt. 22:18). Learn to say no to unrealistic expectations. Confront them by "telling the truth in love."
3. Never retaliate (Matt. 5:38-39). It only lowers you to their level.
4. Pray for them (Matt. 5:44). It will help both of you. Let God handle them.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
a real martyr
They killed him on the Sunday after Pentecost, after he had celebrated Mass in his parish church, dedicated to the Holy Spirit, in Mosul.
They killed Father Ragheed Ganni, a Chaldean Catholic priest, together with three subdeacons who were with him – Basman Yousef Daud, Wahid Hanna Isho, and Gassan Isam Bidawed. The assailants led Bidawed’s wife away, and struck down the four men in cold blood. Then they placed vehicles loaded with explosives around their corpses, so that no one would dare to approach them. It was late in the evening before the police in Mosul were able to defuse the explosives and collect the bodies.
"The Eucharist gives back to us the life that the terrorists seek to take away. Without Sunday, without the Eucharist the Christians in Iraq cannot survive": that was how Fr Ragheed spoke of his community’s hope, a community that was used to facing death on a daily basis, that same death that yesterday afternoon faced him, on his way home from saying mass.
After having fed his faithful with the Body and Blood of Christ, he gave his own blood, his own life for Iraq, for the future of his Church.
This young priest had willingly, knowingly chosen to remain by the side of his parishioners from Holy Spirit parish in Mosul, judged the most dangerous city after Baghdad. His reasoning was simple: without him, without its pastor, his flock would have been lost. In the barbarity of suicide attacks and bombings, one thing at least was clear, and gave him the strength to resist: "Christ,” Ragheed would say, “challenges evil with his infinite love, he keeps us united and through the Eucharist he gifts us life, which the terrorists are trying to take away."
The full story.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
-- Transsexual United Methodist pastor Drew Phoenix, 48, who was reappointed pastor of a Baltimore church by the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church after undergoing a sex-change operation and taking on a new name during the last year.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
I am fine
-- Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, 75, speaking about the return of his prostate cancer.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Oak Grove Landmark Missionary Baptist Church
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and for ever. Amen.