Posts Tagged 'Paul'

Sixth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – 1 Corinthians 3:8-9

Thursday, February 09, 2017

1 Corinthians 3:8-9 –  The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each.  For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

As we enter the last half of this week together, we are reminded that it is our collective work as people of faith that builds God’s Kingdom.  Each of us is precious to God, and each of us is vital to God’s purpose.

Almighty God, help us to build a community where our love for and actions toward one another reflect our love for you.  Amen.

Proper 7/Ordinary 12 2016 – Galatians 3:28-29

Friday, June 17, 2016

Galatians 3:28-29There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.  And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

We have spent the week thinking about Luke 8 and the demon-possessed man named Legion.  We are reminded by today’s passage that Legion is our brother, just like each of us are brothers and sisters in the faith.

Loving God of all of us, help us to keep our eyes and hearts opened wide so that we see the beauty of your creation in each person we meet.  Amen.

Proper 6/Ordinary 11 2016 – Galatians 2:19-20

Friday, June 10, 2016

Galatians 2:19-20For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

I am moved by the idea that each of us has the divine within us.  For me, it means that we look at someone holy every time we make eye contact.

Loving God, help us to see your face in each person we meet today.  Amen.

Proper 4/Ordinary 9 2016 – Galatians 1:6-7

Friday, May 27, 2016

Galatians 1:6-7I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.

In our fast paced world with all of its distractions, it is easy for us to lose our way. We are reminded today that as people of faith we must be attentive to God’s genuine voice in our lives. 

Loving God, help us to find quiet time each day to listen for your guiding presence.  Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 16:22-23

Friday, May 6, 2016

Acts 16:22-23The crowd joined in attacking Paul and Silas, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods.  After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely.

This might not be a pleasant image to begin a devotional moment, but I couldn’t help but think of the God-given gift of modern healthcare when I read this passage.  Antibiotics, sterile technique, and a highly trained medical workforce are just three gifts that come to mind immediately.  Today, pray for all people who participate in ministries of healing.

God our ultimate healer, bless the minds, eyes and hands of all who seek to alleviate our pains and our illnesses.  Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 16:19-21

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Acts 16:19-21But when the fortune-teller’s owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities.  When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, “These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.”

Practicing one’s faith with integrity is not always easy, and for Paul and Silas it was downright dangerous.  We are reminded today that following God, I think, is like hiking.  The view at the end of trail is awesome, but the path leading there has ample opportunities for trips and falls.

Gracious God, give us a portion of the fortitude found in the earliest disciples so that we can have strength for our own faith journey.  Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 16:11-12

Wednesday, April 27, 1016

Acts 16:11-12We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.

Today, Macedonia is northern and central Greece, so I couldn’t help but think of the Syrian and other refugees who are escaping from the coast of Turkey to get to Greece.  It places the faith of these early believers in a different context for me that they decided to cross a dangerous sea based on a dream that Paul had.

Almighty God, embolden our faith so that we can take actions that build your kingdom.  Amen.

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