1 Corinthians 12:1-31 (NRSV) Spiritual Gifts 12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be… Continue reading Discipleship Begins with Relationship
It was about this time last year when I was at the Iowa State Fair with some friends. I had been a pastor for literally a month and half. I was enjoying a good beer and walking around on a hot August day. As I took my first sip, some of my friends decided to begin telling people I was a pastor. They wanted to see the reaction of others who saw a pastor drinking a beer. I have really great friends…
David took off the armor Saul placed on him. All of it. He took it off.
Then he got the stuff he knew how to use– a shepherd’s staff, his bag, some smooth stones, and his sling.
The rest is legendary.
All because he took off the armor someone else put on him, and used the gifts, the tools, and the skills he knew how to use best.
1 Samuel 3:1-11 (NRSV) Samuel’s Calling and Prophetic Activity 3 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. 2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3 the lamp of God… Continue reading What? (Transitions)
Romans 8:12-17 (NRSV) 12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God… Continue reading Transitions
Acts 1:15-17,21-26 (NRSV) 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, 16 “Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus— 17 for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in… Continue reading Fierce Mamas
1 John 3:16-24 (NRSV) 16 We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. 17 How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? 18 Little children, let us love, not… Continue reading A Place at the Table