Monday, May 20, 2019

Just As I Have Loved You

John 13:34-35 English Standard Version (ESV)

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Jesus said, “Just as I have loved you”.  How did he love while he was here in the flesh?  He healed, he taught, he prepared meals, he shared meals, he spent time with the people.  He loved them and invites us to do the same. No, he commands us to do the same. How are we doing at this?  How are we loving others?  Are we taking time to be present with those around us – friend and stranger?  Are we sharing meals, are we preparing meals?  Can those around us see that we are his disciples?

Loving Lord,
Help us to be more like you, to love more like you.  Amen. 
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Friday, May 17, 2019

"A Psalm for Giving Thanks"

Psalm 100 English Standard Version (ESV)

His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

A Psalm for giving thanks.

100 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his 
people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

Amen.

 

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Believe the Works

John 10:37-38 English Standard Version (ESV)

37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”

Have you ever been doing something good, something you felt God call you to, only to have others mock you, or shame you, or criticize you?  Yeah, me too. It doesn’t feel too good but rest in the knowledge that we are in good company.  Jesus was put to death for the works he did in God’s name but he knew that no matter what he couldn’t be separated from him and neither can we.  Keep doing the hard things, ignore the naysayers and feel God’s peace in doing God’s work.

Gracious God,
Give us strength and courage to do your work even when others try to deter us.  Amen. 
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Never separated

John 10:28-30 English Standard Version (ESV)

28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

Isn’t it comforting to know that we cannot be separated from God.  No one can snatch us away from him. We are his forevermore. 

Lord of all,
Thank you for your gift of unfailing love.  Amen.
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Monday, May 13, 2019

Billboards

John 10:24-25a English Standard Version (ESV)

24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. 

I’m the kind of person that wants God to use billboards with my full name on them to say, “This is for you!  DO THIS!”  Unfortunately, it just doesn’t seem to work that way.  There have been many times in my life when it took several attempts to get my attention.  Sometimes our world, our minds are so busy, so loud, that we just can’t make out what God is saying to us.  We need to once again, quiet ourselves and really listen to hear his message for us.

Loving God,
Help us to quiet ourselves enough to really listen for you in our lives.  Help us to recognize your voice, your movement in our lives and give us understanding. Amen.
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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Follow Me

John 21:19 Common English Bible (CEB)

19 He said this to show the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. After saying this, Jesus said to Peter, “Follow me.”

Those two simple words, Follow Me, have such meaning in our lives and in our faith.  Jesus is saying, right now, to each and every one of us, each and every day, “Follow Me.” How will you answer?

Holy Lord,
Those two simple words, Follow Me, can be pretty scary sometimes.  Help us to set aside our fear and to answer your call. Amen.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Feed My Sheep

John 21:15-17 Common English Bible (CEB)

Jesus and Peter

15 When they finished eating, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
Simon replied, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Jesus asked a second time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Simon replied, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 He asked a third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was sad that Jesus asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” He replied, “Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

Jesus calls us all to care for those that he loves.  He calls each one of us to this.  Jesus says if you love me than love and care for all those whom I love. All of them.  I have a question for you.  Can we truly love Jesus if we don’t love all his people?

Gracious God,
Help us to show our love for you through loving and caring for all those who you love.  Amen. 
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