Archive for February, 2014

Caring for One Another – 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

1 Corinthians 3:16-17Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

In the verses preceding these, Paul expresses frustration at the way the Corinthians are acting toward one another. By reminding us that we are God’s temple, Paul is imploring us to always act in ways which build one another up spiritually.

Prayer: Ever-present God, help us to better see your face in those who come before us. Amen.

Have a blessed day,

Caring for One Another – Leviticus 19:13-14

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Leviticus 19:13-14: You shall not defraud your neighbor; you shall not steal; and you shall not keep for yourself the wages of a laborer until morning. You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.

Be honest with others, and don’t scorn or hinder them. These verses remind us to deal with our neighbors fairly and in ways which are helpful to them.

Prayer: Understanding God, help us treat our neighbors in ways which reflect our faith in you. Amen.

Have a blessed day,

Caring for One Another – Leviticus 19:9-10

Theme for this week: Caring for One Another

Monday, February 17, 2014

We explore caring for one another in the passages for the seventh Sunday of Epiphany. Our passages include: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Psalm 119:33-40; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 and Matthew 5:38-48.

Leviticus 19:9-10When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the LORD your God.

We are instructed to consider the needs of those less fortunate than we are. We are further told that what “the poor and the alien” are to get from us is not simply that which misses our harvest buckets but some of the first fruits of our labor.

Prayer: Gracious God, bless our work offered to others this day. May all our efforts represent our best efforts. Amen.

Have a blessed day,

A Day in the Life of Jesus – Mark 1:32-34

Friday, February 14, 2014

Mark 1:32-34That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

This is the first detailed day in Jesus’ life as presented by Mark. I believe Mark’s intention was to position healing as a central focus of Jesus’ ministry. Yes Jesus wanted people to believe, but he wanted them healed so they could live into their faith fully.

Gracious God, help us to be healing presences to everyone around us. Amen.

A Day in the Life of Jesus – Mark 1:29-31

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mark 1:29-31As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

Jesus is asked to heal a second time this day. What strikes me about this passage is that Simon’s mother-in-law didn’t receive her healing until Jesus first took her hand and lifted her up. Whether by the gentle touch of a hand or the kindly spoken word, all of us have the power to lift one another up.

Loving God, help us move people physically and emotionally in ways that bring healing to them. Amen.

A Day in the Life of Jesus – Mark 1:27-28

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mark 1:27-28They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

On this day early in his ministry, Jesus has already begun to distinguish himself through his teaching and his healing. It begs the question: how does our faith distinguish us?

Understanding God, may our actions with and toward others reflect our faith in you. Amen.

A Day in the Life of Jesus – Mark 1:23-26

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mark 1:23-26Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.

Jesus spoke, and the man was healed. This passage reminds us that words can be healing for others. We can have hearts for healing and be effective witnesses even if we don’t have degrees in healing.

Loving God, may the words of our mouths provide genuine witness to your work in our lives. Amen.

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