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Several Such Someones

Make a difference today,” says former Buffalo Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly, “for someone who’s fighting for their tomorrow.

Whoa.

Kinda reframes the start of a new work week.

We are God’s own handiwork, wrote St. Paul, created in Christ Jesus for good works. (Ephesians 2:10)

That kinda reframes the start of a new work week, too.

Make a difference today for someone who’s fighting for their tomorrow.”

You and I know someone like that.

But we might not know that’s what they’re doing. It’s not always obvious.

As son Joseph and I have been known to tell each other, “Let’s pay attention today.”

Make a difference today for someone who’s fighting for their tomorrow.

We just may encounter several such someones today.

 

We Don’t

“The world judges, we don’t.”

That’s what the gym franchise Planet Fitness says.

Why not the Church?

All of Your Church’s Ministries

A line from our Offertory Prayer of last weekend has stuck with me:

May all of our church’s ministries

serve as channels to your powerful grace

to people in need of help.

We also call that our Prayer of Dedication. Join me in praying for your church this weekend:

May all of our church’s ministries

serve as channels to your powerful grace

to people in need of help.

And then let’s work together so that can happen.

Amen?

Not Just the Loud Noise

Chantel Corrie does all kinds of beyond excellent stuff in ministry, and recently wrote something that simply stopped me.

It’s with her expressed gracious permission that I share this with you —

Was going to start into a course I am taking but felt drawn to look at the Bible first and what was rumbling in my heart and mind was there in words as the verse of the day on my Bible app.

Make sure you are listening to the whispers and not just following the loud noise.

— Amen, Chantel, amen!

Anybody add anything besides  Psalm 46:10’s “Be still and know that I am God”? Please do.

But I gotta scoot. Gotta listen to the whispers today.

 

 

Next Time, I Pay

She drove yesterday.

Rev. Jessica Baldyga and I serve the same church and belong to a group of pastors that tries to get together monthly for lunch.

She and I take turns driving. We take turns buying lunch. We sorta take turns choosing what we listen to on the road. Okay, honestly, we “sorta take turns choosing what we sorta listen to on the road” because, well, we both talk a lot.

When lunch was over yesterday, the server handed out the bills around the table. Even though Jessica had told her that she was buying this time, the bill landed squarely between us. I reached to pick it up but Jessica already had it.

I apparently had a goofy expression on my face, because the server asked me, “You want one anyway?”

Before I could answer she tore a blank one off the pad and handed it to me. This is really my bill from lunch yesterday:

blank-bill

Again, thanks to my friend and colleague Jessica for lunch yesterday. Next time, I pay.

But looking at the blank bill, I started wondering —

What bills are you and I still trying to pay

that are already covered?

What part of Jesus paid it all 

don’t we get?

Why do we think we still need to be

buying a stairway to heaven?

And…I can’t imagine the reaction if I’d say to Christ, “Next time, I pay.”

 

 

Wrestling

I messed up a song in worship again.

This past Sunday morning we were all singing In Christ Alone, which includes a line about Jesus being “solid ground/Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.”

But where I stood behind the pulpit, singing with my mic off of course, it came out “Firm through the fiercest doubt and storm.”

Been there, wrestling with some of that. You, too?

And by the grace of God and the help of friends, I’ve found it possible to live back  into these words from that same song as well:

“Here in the love of Christ I stand

Here in the death of Christ I live

Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.”

You, too?

 

Doing It Backwards

This comes from an ad for Ministry Library —

“If you look at Jesus’ ministry, he spent 75% of his time developing leaders and 25% on large gatherings.

“The modern church spends 75% of it’s time on large gatherings and maybe 25% on leadership development.

We’re doing ministry backwards!”

— What’s your response?