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.

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 16:9-10

Monday, April 25, 2016

We are approaching the sixth Sunday of Easter.  Paul leaves on a journey in response to a vision, and Jesus heals a man at the pool of Bethesda in the selections for this week.  Those scriptures include: Acts 16:9-15, Psalm 67, Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5, and John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9. 

Acts 16:9-10During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”  When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

Faithful living involves developing a habit of listening for God’s active presence in your life.  But once you have heard God, you are compelled to act, which can be easier said than done.

Gracious God, help us to hear your voice in our lives, and give us the wisdom and courage to act on your will.  Amen.

Third Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 9:1-2

Monday, April 4, 2016

Jesus has some final words to Peter, and Saul hears Jesus speaking to him on the road to Damascus in the selections for the third Sunday of Easter.  Those passages include: Acts 9:1-6, (7-20), Psalm 30, Revelation 5:11-14, and John 21:1-19.

Acts 9:1-2Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

Persecution seems to occur all too often between people of different faiths.  Let’s begin this week with prayers for peace between all people of faith.

Creator God, give us wisdom to understand our neighbors.  Help us to see their differences as part of the creative tapestry that you have woven.  Amen.

Proper 16/Ordinary 21 2015 – Ephesians 6:19-20

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ephesians 6:19-20Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

I believe we call it a faith journey because our walk with God is expected to last a lifetime.  That means what we feel is truth today may be slightly different tomorrow.  Regardless, we are instructed to be bold in our practice of that faith.

Loving, gentle God, we are reminded that our faith calls us to be bold.  Give us the strength to be your ambassadors in our times of certainty as well as our times of doubt.  Amen.

Proper 16/Ordinary 21 2015 – Ephesians 6:13a-15

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ephesians 6:13a-15 Therefore take up the whole armor of God…As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.

‘Whatever it takes,’ in my experience, has been a phrase offered for emphasis but not one meant to be taken literally.  And yet as we are putting on the armor of God, we are to prepare ourselves to boldly proclaim peace.

Almighty God, give us the wisdom to know your will and the courage to walk where you lead us.  Amen.

Proper 16/Ordinary 21 2015 – Ephesians 6:13-14

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 

Ephesians 6:13-14 – Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.  Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.

Today we are urged to be honest with one another.  We are instructed to act with integrity toward each other and to be just in our dealings with our brothers and sisters.

Gracious God, help us to be strong in our faith so that our faith will guide us toward your will.  Amen.

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