Monday, October 31, 2005

October 31st People Reflection

Monday 10/31/2005

1 Timothy 2-First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone.

Isaiah 34-35-They will celebrate and shout because all sorrows and worries will be gone far away.

Psalm 119.65-96-Give me wisdom and good sense.

John 8.31-36-If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples

Acts 7.54-60-I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!

Psalm 63-So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.

"I’m doing my laundry."- Sarah at LR- doing the laundry on a Sunday afternoon. – We all have to clean up our soiled clothes from time to time—maybe we do it a little at a time – or let them pile up and do a whole bunch at once- but they have to be cleaned- they are agitated clean- with soap- agitated- spinned and dried – sometimes I feel like a dirty sock in life- in the wash- agitated- spinning – tumbled dry- maybe even lost somewhere in the washer- and that’s why we need to pray for everyone- we all get jumbled up in life sometimes- but God will wash all of our sins away – and show us how to continue in his Word- to go along with the spin and the tumble dry- to go to the sanctuary in the midst of our agitation and behold his glory- to look up to heaven and see the Son of Man – to see Jesus- I ask God for wisdom and sense—and maybe after the agitation-the soap-the spin-the tumble dry-when that dryer door opens in the end- there will be Jesus to take me in his arms- to put me on his foot- and off we go in service and love to play with others – "I’m doing my laundry."—Yea- and I’m ready to be worn a while- use me.

Prayer- Lord, wear me today- use me in your kingdom- sweat a little- get me dirty and throw me back in the wash for tomorrow. -- Amen

Sunday, October 30, 2005

October 30th People Reflections

Sunday 10/30/2005

1 Timothy 1-Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners

Isaiah 31-33-you are the foundation on which we stand today

Psalm 119.33-64-I love to do what you say.

Psalm 46-there is a river whose streams make glad the city of God

1 Peter 2.4-10-Come to him a living stone

"Now I have a couple lunches I can use later."- Eating out and left-overs to be used at a later time. It was a celebration- and the spoils went to the honored birthday person. So what does this have to do with any of today’s passages? – Jesus feeds us with the food we need- both food for our bodies and food for our spirit- God freely gives all we need- we need food and water for life- we need Jesus body and blood- the bread and wine to live- we depend on Jesus to live- without Jesus we will die- more than just a fleshly death – but we will die a spiritual death also- we can do all the right things here on earth with our bodies- feed them- water them- do all the healthy things possible- but that won’t save us entirely – it may extend our life here on earth- but it won’t save us- it won’t give us the life Jesus has given us- only through Jesus can we live- only through his body and blood will we have true live- and once we receive this gift- believe in what Jesus has done for us- then all things will change- our bodies will still die- but that’s not the end- there is real life in Jesus- life beyond our understanding- life I place all my hope and faith in- life in which I love to do what God directs- life that I can build on that solid rock and foundation- life that exists upon that living stone- real live- "Now I have a couple lunches I can use later."- Lunches that are based on that solid rock foundation of Jesus love and grace.

Prayer- Lord- feed me today- I will stand on your foundation and serve you. -- Amen

Saturday, October 29, 2005

October 29th People Reflections

Saturday 1/29/2005

2 Thessalonians 3-I pray that the Lord will guide you to be as loving as God and as patient as Christ.

Isaiah 29-30-The LORD God is waiting to show how kind he is and to have pity on you.

Psalm 119.1-32-I worship you with all of my heart.

Romans 3.19-28-"no human being will be justified in his sight"

Matthew 11.25-30-you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants

Psalm 42-My soul thirsts for God, for the living God

"Pick up her medicine on your way home."- Medicine to help. Medicine to cure. I think God is medicine- he helps – he cures- and then I think of how God sent his cure into the world- he sent Jesus to cure the sin and evil that I have allowed into my life- that humans have allowed into this world- there is no way I can be justified by God by anything I do- I can only be justified through the action of Jesus on that cross- through his defeat of sin and death- then I must depend on the gift of the Spirit that God has sent to me and through me and in me to follow Jesus lead- to serve God- to love God- to worship God- to thirst for God- and to wait on his will- it’s not my actions but it’s about my response to a loving and patient God- and he has revealed this to infants- God saved me before I even realized it – I don’t have to worry about believing before I’m baptized or believing after I’m baptized- all that I know is that the gift was given- will I accept that gift or turn my back? – he shows all of this to infants- so if I think I have it all figured out and decide to go to God with it- I’m lost- cause God always comes to me- I can never be so intelligent to believe I have God all figured out- I must always listen and follow his voice – but God came to me- as an infant God came to me- as an adult God came to me- and when I’m away – I can always come home to God- "Pick up her medicine of the way home." – Yea—I’m glad to pick it up- cause I see a God waiting for me in his time and in his place – with the medicine of salvation – I’ll be right home before you know it.

Prayer- Lord, Thank you for the medicine of Jesus salvation- thank you for your home to return to. -- Amen

Friday, October 28, 2005

October 28th People Reflection

Friday 10/28/2005

2 Thessalonians 2- God our Father loves us. He is kind and has given us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope.

Isaiah 27-28-Only the LORD is strong and powerful!

Psalm 118-tell the LORD how thankful you are, because he is kind and always merciful.

John 14.21-27-But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

James 3.13-18-Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.

Psalm 39-And now, O LORD, what do I wait for? My hope is in you.

"Twist the top and pull up, this will expose the lance."--- Aghhh!—A little needle to poke myself- what kind of crap did I get into now- I have to check the blood- but only a teeny tiny hole- can’t even see it a few seconds later- So – it makes me think of Jesus blood- the life in his blood- and the hole- larger holes- intended for pain and death – not healing- but maybe there was healing after all- through Jesus blood God gives us this eternal comfort- this wonderful hope- God shows us in the flesh how strong and powerful he really is- God didn’t have to expose himself to our human flesh- but in his power he showed how wonderful he is- what else can I do but to give thanks for this mercy beyond understanding- to show it in my works of gentleness and wisdom given to my by God through the Sprit- God cares enough that even after Jesus leaves he continues on in and through others in myself and others given to me by God- the Spirit is present in friends and his Word—so we wait- yet we work- but all in a hope that is present in Jesus love for us—"Twist the top and pull up, this will expose the lance."—And that lance, that nail, that spear also exposed the blood – that life giving blood and gift most wonderful in my life of Jesus.

Prayer- Lord, thanks for the blood. -- Amen

Thursday, October 27, 2005

October 27th People? (maybe dog today) Reflection

Thursday 10/27/2005

2 Thessalonians 1-God chose you, and we keep praying that God will make you worthy of being his people.

Isaiah 25-26-I will praise you for the wonderful things you had planned and promised since ancient times.

Psalm 117-His love for us is wonderful

Jeremiah 31.31-34-and I will be their God and they shall be my people

Romans 10.1-13-if you confess with you lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Psalm 22-for dogs are all around me

"She’s depressed."—I whistle a Muppet song and the dogs know its time for a walk- I think the song starts like this- "When I take may dogs for a walk they take me for a run. From lamp post to lamp post…." – Anyway once I whistle this song both dogs know it’s time to walk- and both dogs are all around me- maybe even on top of me- jumping and barking- it’s a scene- last night I could only find one leash and one choker chain—one of the dogs couldn’t go- one dog would be disappointed- one dog had to wait- so I had to choose- a choice I didn’t care to make- but I chose- My love for both dogs was equal – but I had to choose- who will go first?- so I chose- not much thought in it- didn’t choose because one dog was better than the other- only chose because of the leash I could find was typically used for one of the dogs- I loved both dogs the same- so I walk the chosen dog- and as I walk I plan another wonderful walk for the dog left behind- a walk that dog would have to wait for- because I had choir practice next- I didn’t have time to walk both dogs- I go to choir- the second dog was depressed- even had to go into a cage during choir practice- but my plan was still in place- a wonderful plan for the second dog- a special walk for that dog- I arrived home from choir practice later than usual – Stephanie put the other dog outside and I whistled the song for the dog that didn’t get to walk-Phoebe—whistled the song just for her- Stephanie let Phoebe out of her cage- her joy was even greater now- so great it was hard to get her leash on her- and it was then that both Stephanie and I saw Phoebe’s leash right out in the open- how could we have missed it the first time?- So I took Phoebe on her special late walk- she was so excited that she could hardly contain herself- leaping in the air along the walk- finally she knew that I had a plan just for her- she felt a wonderful love for me now- not depression but a burst out of yourself love for me- she knew that she was chosen special too- that she was chosen by her Master- she believed in me and confessed that belief with barks of joy- she praised me for how wonderful I was – "She’s depressed."—well, only for a little while- sometimes life is like Phoebe’s walk experience- If I wait on the Lord- my times of depression will change- cause I must know that God has a plan for me that will be beyond belief- that will bring a joy so great that I will leap and dance and confess Jesus as my Lord- and I will believe in him with all my heart! Just like Phoebe felt about me on her walk.

Prayer- Lord- I’ll wait for you to take me a walk this day- I love you and it’s a joy to walk by your side- I can’t contain my joy! -- Amen

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

October 26th People Reflections

Wednesday 10/26/2005

1 Thessalonians 5- God doesn’t intend to punish us, but wants us to be saved through our Lord Jesus Christ

Isaiah 23-24-The LORD All-Powerful will rule on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, where he will show its rulers his wonderful glory.

Psalm 116-I love you LORD! You answered my prayers. You paid attention to me,and so I will pray to you as long as I live.

1 John 4.1-6-every spirit the confesses the Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God

2 Thessalonians 3.6-13-do not be weary in doing what is right

Psalm 23-my cup overflows

"I think I’m lost."- Sometimes I am lost- I may not want to admit it- but I am lost at times- sometimes I think God intends to punish me- well- things may not go like I expect- I guess- maybe God does discipline me- but God doesn’t intend to punish me- he wants to save me through Jesus- through Jesus God has shown how wonderful he is- all through history God has shown how All-Powerful He is- he shows his glory in many ways- through people- through creation – but most of all through love- I can go to God in prayer and He answers- He pays attention to my needs and provides- what a wonderful God I have- a God so caring and loving that he was willing to take on my form- human flesh- flesh that feels pain and suffering – God came down to me through and in Jesus- to save me- I must confess this- I must follow this pattern and not be weary. – "I think I’m lost."- yea- well God has taken care of that for me- he provides direction in His Word and through his Word spoken to me through earthly gifts of creation and life- surely my cup overflows. – "I think I’m lost." – I am—but I’ve also been found by Jesus who came down in flesh to me- to save me and fill my cup to overflowing.

Prayer- Lord, thanks for the direction- thanks for finding me and setting me straight. -- Amen

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

October 25th People Reflection

Tuesday 10/25/2005

1 Thessalonians 4-Next, all of us who are still alive will be taken up into the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the sky.

Isaiah 20-22-"Isaiah, take off everything, including your sandals!" I did this and went around naked and barefoot for three years.

Psalm 115-The LORD alone deserves all of the praise, because of his love and faithfulness.

Jeremiah 26.1-16-for he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.

John 15.9-17-abide in my love

Psalm 88-in the morning my prayer comes before you

"Call to see if insurance will cover."—Yea, check on insurance- will they cover? – will they pay? – you never know till you ask- Early Christians were concerned about believers who had died and Jesus had not returned- they were told that Jesus will gather the dead that died in faith first then come for those left- meet the Lord in the sky- you had to have faith in God- Isaiah had faith- a bunch of it- after all God told him to walk around naked for three years- that’s visible faith- and in all this faith – I must know that God is love – and I can abide in his love- I can pray every morning – and God will love me- I can listen each day for His Word- and see it- hear it- live in it- God is faithful and loving and deserves all my praise- no doubt about it- that is some insurance that will cover- "Call to see if insurance will cover."—Yes- it does!

Prayer- Lord-I thank you this day for the coverage you give me. -- Amen

Monday, October 24, 2005

October 20th - 24th People Reflections

Thursday 10/20/21

Revelation 20-Several books were opened, and then the book of life was opened.

Isaiah 7-8-Run to me for protection. I am a rock

Psalm 110-Your (I take this as Jesus) power will be seen on the day you begin to rule.

Psalm 1- They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and the leaves do not wither.

Exodus 20.1-20-Then god spoke all these words:

Psalm 2-Serve the LORD with fear, with trembling kiss his feet

"She cooks in the kitchen and snaps flies with her towel."—Sarah’s description of a friend- the actions in a kitchen- a fun loving statement- an active person- with the joy of life and fun- working for others- and defending Sarah from that dreaded fly- someone to run to for protection- someone with power to defend- someone you are willing to serve- someone you would kiss the feet of- sounds like someone else I know- someone who wrote my name in the book of life- wrote my name instead of his own- "She cooks in the kitchen and snaps flies with her towel."—I will fear and love the Lord with all my being—Someone I love.

Prayer- Lord love me today like a mother- and protect me in your kingdom. -- Amen


Friday 10/21/2005

Revelation 21-22-The glory of God made the city bright. It was dazzling and crystal clear like a precious jasper stone...If you want life-giving water, come and take it. It'’ free!

Isaiah 9-10-Those who walked in the dark have seen a bright light.

Psalm 111-With all my heart I will thank the LORD when his people meet.

Leviticus 19,1-2, 15-18-but you shall love your neighbors as yourself: I am the LORD.

John 11.21-27-But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him

Psalm 132-let us worship at his footstool

"We have a bet on you…" – Friends at work- before I go to the doctor- wondering what is wrong with me- have a bet on if I’ll return or not- just for fun- it’s one way to bring joy into someone else’s life in some odd way- but I know God has the gift of life waiting for me- in some life-giving water and it’s free- I know even if I have to walk in the dark a while- there is a bright light I can see and follow- I know the with all my heart I can thank God in the people I meet along my journey in the dark – I know that I’m not alone- I have neighbors with me – some in more trouble than myself – reason to love others – and I know that I can ask God while I worship at his footstool for all I need. "We have a bet on you…" – well- I’ll bet it all works out- one way or another- and I don’t have to worry about winning the bet.

Prayer- Lead me this day towards the light -- Amen

Saturday 10/22/2005

1 Thessalonians 1-We thank God for you and always mention you in our prayers.

Isaiah 11-13-I trust you to save me, LORD God, and I won’t be afraid.

Psalm 112-Bad news won’t bother them; they have decided to trust the LORD.

1 Thessalonians 2.1-8-we had courage in our God to delcare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition.

Romans 13.1-7-Pay to all what is due to them

Psalm 48-…that you may tell the next generation that his is God, our God forever and ever. He will be our guide forever.

"I’m leaving. I’ve never seen it this bad before." – Bryan, discourage at a football game- they were just High School kids- but they were playing an awesome team- I’ll bet they wanted to be saved from this humiliation- but no big deal- the other team was so good- even the best they had to offer wouldn’t defeat them- there are times like that- God gives some gifts to others that are just better than yours- so let the other guy serve- let him serve with all his might- there are also times that other guy is not around- and you can serve just as well- with all your might- and I’m sure God is pleased with both- it’s not always about who is better that whom- it’s about your heart – your reason for serving- mention the other guy in your prayers but don’t give up on your own- just pass your faith on from generation to generation and let God supply the gifts- be happy with the gifts you have been given and trust God to work out the details- "I’m leaving, I’ve never seen it this bad before."—Well I’m staying know and trusting in a God that works it all out- It’ll get better.

Prayer- Lord- I’m staying- with you- to trust and love you all day long- even when it’s tough. -- Amen


Sunday 10/23/2005

1 Thessalonians 2.1-16-My friends, you know that our time with you wasn’t wasted.

Isaiah 14-16-I, the LORD All-Powerful, have made these plans. No one can stop me now!

Psalm 113-From dawn until sunset the name of the LORD deserves to be praised.

Matthew 22.34-46-What do you think of the Messiah?

Matthew 6.25-33-But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Psalm 55-But is call upon God, and the LORD will save me.

"O-H-I-O" – I was at the Ohio State vs. Indiana game in Bloomington Indiana yesterday- three corners of the stadium and one end-zone were filled with Buckeye fans—we would take turns spelling OHIO- a letter to each section- really really loud- it was fun! – I wonder what it would have been like if we had been shouting J-E-S-U-S – maybe we would have had to involve the Indiana fans since there was one more letter- God is All-Powerful- he has plans for my life- and I must follow his plans- just like the plays on the field- I must listen to the call and take direction- play my part alongside many others so that the play can unfold and we score- praise God when it all works out- which it will- we will battle down the field- fumble- have a penalty – but in the end all things will be given to me- I must trust in God all along the way- and What do I think of the Messiah? – I think I better trust, love and follow his lead- listen to his call- and get pumped up when I hear the crowd shout "J-E-S-U-S" – yesterday was "O-H-I-O" – but that was just a warm up to the real plan for life.

Prayer- Lord put me on the field- or put me in the stands today- either way I will praise you or follow your call. --Amen

Monday 10/24/2005

1 Thessalonians 2.17-3.13-Your strong faith in the Lord is like a breath of new life.

Isaiah 17-19-And when they are in trouble and ask for help, he will send someone to rescue them from their enemies.

Psalm 114-Ask the mountains and the hills why they skipped like goats!

Psalm 11-In the LORD I take refuge

Colossians 3.12-17-clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…above all clothe yourselves with love

Psalm 149-Sing to the LORD a new song

"Do you remember your Kindergarten Teacher?"- Whew! – that was a long time back- I can remember some things- like the naps- and playing- but I sure can’t recall the teacher- others can- I can remember getting in trouble- did I ask for help then?- did someone rescue me? – well I think maybe it wasn’t so much a need for rescue but a teaching experience- how should I act with other people- so I think of the Israelites- at the base of Sinai – that mountain the skipped like goats at the sound of God- God is awesome- fearful in his power- kinda like a Kindergarten teacher can be- but also loving and kind- a person you remember with affection- a person you can take refuge in- a person that shows you what to wear for different kinds of weather- just like God- clothing me with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience and above all else a scarf of love- God- fearsome- yet loving and kind- makes me want to sing a new song- "do you remember your Kindergarten Teacher?" – yea- maybe not specifically the name- but I remember her love.

Prayer- Lord, teach me today and clothe me for the weather in Your Kingdom -- Amen

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

October 19th People Reflection

Wednesday 10/19/2005

Revelation 19-Don’t worship anyone but God. Everyone who tells about Jesus does it by the power of the Spirit.

Isaiah 5-6-Is there anyone I can send? Will someone go for us? "I’ll go." I answered. "Send me!"

Psalm 109.20-31-Come and save me because of your love.

Isaiah 43.8-13-I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.

Hebrews 4.12-13-Indeed, the word of God is living and active…

Psalm 119.41-48-for I trust in your word

"The water pressure has dropped to zero."—A statement made yesterday – an issue with the water system that was quickly corrected but still resulted in a water boil warning. Water is needed for life- and in my life with God it is one great gift he gives to me- water – his Word- and a promise- all combined to choose me as his child- to show me that I don’t need anyone but God- all I have – all I am – is a result of God’s gifts to me- I must trust in his word- and feel the moisture of the living grace of his water- so that I know how real God is- he is so real he took on flesh in the form of Jesus and lived- suffered and died for all people- only he is the savior- I am not the savior- I can’t save myself even in deciding to be baptized- only God saves me and he does it through real flesh and blood and seals it all with some water on my forehead- he makes me special with some oil in the sign of the cross on my forehead- even as I am an infant- unable to take care of myself- which makes infant baptism all the more powerful- I can’t save myself as an infant and I sure can’t save myself as an adult- salvation and my baptism are gifts from God- wonderful gifts of God’s bounteous provision that I put all my faith, hope and trust in- Indeed the word of God is living and active- that Word made flesh – lives on through me- works through me- Send me! – I can do no less – for you are God and my only salvation. – "The water pressure has dropped to zero." – But that life giving water of God never drops to zero.

Prayer- Lord- give me your life giving water and Word- just as you have all my life- from infancy to adulthood- I need you to live. -- Amen

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

October 18th People Reflection

Tuesday 10/18/2005

Revelation 18-Fallen! Powerful Babylon has fallen and is now the home of demons.

Isaiah 3-4-your words and actions made you stumble and fall

Psalm 109.1-19-Cut his life short and let someone else have his job.

Luke 1.1-4; 24.44-53- and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations

Hebrews 13.1-6-I will never leave you or forsake you

Psalm 125-But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways the LORD will lead away with evildoers.

"You are intent and speed by several interim steps."—Not the exact words- but the same meaning – Yea- sometimes when I start something- I forget myself- speed by several steps- become self driven- to the harm of others in the way- in a selfish sinful way- maybe even to the point of being the home of demons- words and actions make me stumble and fall when I’m like this- I’m sure others may wish that my life be cut short and someone else take the job over-get rid of him- lead him away with the other evil people- but then something or someone let’s the light of Jesus shine through- the message gets through- I’m sinful and must repent- they proclaim to me the repentance and forgiveness of sins that must be proclaimed to all nations- they proclaim to me a Christ – a Savior that never leaves or forsakes me- and then in my repentance – in Jesus forgiveness – I feel that awesome power of Christ in my life- to free me from sin- and lead me into another day- forgiven. – "You are intent and speed by several interim steps."- one step I must turn back to- repentance and forgiveness.

Prayer- Lord- I have sinned- forgive me. -- Amen

Monday, October 17, 2005

October 16th and 17th People Reflections

Sunday 10/16/2005

Revelation 16-And a mighty shout came from the throne of the Temple in heave, saying, "It is finished!"

Esther 9-10- Then on the following day they rested celebrating their victory with a day of feasting and gladness.

Psalm 107.23-43-Again and again he delivered them…

Matthew 22.15-22-You are impartial and don’t play favorites.

Acts 17.10-15-they searched the Scriptures day after day…

Psalm 119.105-112-LORD, accept my grateful thanks

"You may begin adjudicated performance." – Doesn’t sound quite right, but it’s close. A band giving a performance that will be judged. They will be ranked and rated against and with other bands present at the competition. It’s a battle of sorts with others- but more so with yourself. I know I will make mistakes in my battle- in my adjudicated performance - but I also know of one who is perfect and who did set the perfect performance – and He did it for me- Jesus won the battle for me- his performance is the one that counts and with his victory I am free to celebrate and please him – I am free to act out his will in his Kingdom with joy, praise, and happiness- I am free to see him in Scripture day after day – I am free not to worry so much about my adjudicated performance- but to freely live in His will and His way. Jesus- accept my grateful thanks – "You may begin your adjudicated performance." – And in the salvation of Jesus – I give thanks to God!

Prayer- Lord, send me this day with joy and happiness to begin the adjudicated performance. -- Amen

Monday 10/17/2005

Revelation 17-His followers are chosen and special and faithful

Isaiah 1-2-Stop trusting the power of humans. They are all going to die, so how can they help?

Psalm 108-I will sing and play music for you with all that I am.

Psalm 124-Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Ephesians 5.21-33-Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Psalm 128-Happy is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways.

"I found the one I like."—Picking pumpkins from the pumpkin patch- A hayride- a caramel apple and a pumpkin- Thank God that he chooses us – special and faithful- right out of the patch- We can trust in God to care for us- can’t trust in humans though- they are all going to die- one way or another- and if that death is to my sinful self- if that death is to the realization that I need Jesus salvation not some conjured up thing of my own- then it will be a good death- but some people will choose to depend on themselves- they won’t choose God- but I know that my help is in God- who made heaven and earth- only he makes me happy and frees me to walk in his ways and be subject to others out of the love he showed and gave to me. – "I found one I like."- Actually he found me- how profound—and I really like it!

Prayer- Lord, thanks for picking me out of that patch. -- Amen

Saturday, October 15, 2005

October 15th People Reflection

Saturday 10/15/2005

Revelation 15-After this, I noticed something else in heaven. The sacred tent used for temple was open.

Esther 6.14-8.17-Hang Haman from his own tower!

Psalm 107.1-22-You should praise the LORD for his love

1 Thessalonians 1.1-10-We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father you work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 3.14-17-All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for, teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training for righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

Psalm 119.97-104-How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

"I wanna go on a hay ride and eat a caramel apple." – Sarah—wishes for Fall break while back home. Wishes to be fulfilled- actions to take- things to do- good things- fun things- a time to relax from school and the pressure of study and tests- I wonder – is that like heaven- time to relax from life- maybe- maybe not- maybe that is when we really live life- but I guess it’s all life anyway- the pressures and the times of relief- both are good with God at the center- and that’s where Haman went wrong- he put himself at the center of his life- and his own selfishness led him to be hung from his own tower! – God wants me to put God at the center of my life- the temple of God at my center- open in heaven – and filled with God’s glory – not mine- and I can do this each day- I can carve out time all day long to put God at the center- reflect on his inspired Word- that Word that is as sweet as honey- that word that equips me for life- life that may by study and tests or even relaxation – life that leads me to praise God for all his love- "I wanna go on a hay ride and eat a caramel apple."- Yea that fun ride of life given to me through Jesus- that great sweet taste of the Word made flesh – Thanks be to God!

Prayer- Lord, "I wanna go on a hay ride and eat a caramel apple." – Will you go with me? -- Amen

Friday, October 14, 2005

October 14th People Reflection

Friday 10/14/2005

Revelation 14-Kneel down before the one who created heaven and earth, the oceans, and every stream.

Esther 5.1-6.13-When Esther came up and touched the tip of the scepter, the king said, "Esther, what brings you here? Just ask, and I will give you as much as half of my kingdom."

Psalm 106.24-48-but you saved them time after time

Isaiah 45.1-7-I call you by your name

2 Corinthians 4.1-6-we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake.

Psalm 5-Listen to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you I pray

"We were painting today."- A friend at work- telling me what he had done for the day as a charitable work event- a bunch of guys doing a good deed for someone else in need- willing to be as slaves for someone- and I want to do that for Jesus-proclaim his name – proclaim his works and be his slave- have him give me orders and instructions on what to do to make him happy- I will kneel before him – I will be happy to be in his presence- the one who created heaven and earth, the oceans and every stream- I want to carefully come into his presence and hope so badly that he will extend his scepter for me to touch and for me to talk with him- to have the time to converse with the King of my life and the King of all creation- to hear his voice call me by name- and to give my King thanks for saving me time after time- yea- that’s my prayer- "We were painting today."—Servants of the King.

Prayer- Lord, let me serve you in your Kingdom this day. -- Amen

Thursday, October 13, 2005

October 13th People Reflection

Thursday 10/13/2005

Revelation 13-This means that God’s people must learn to endure and be faithful!

Esther 3-4-It could be that you were made queen for a time life this!

Psalm 106.1-23-You are good to us, and your love never fails. No one can praise you enough for all the mighty things you have done.

Psalm 96-1-13-Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD; for he is coming

Acts 5.27-40-And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah.

Psalm 19-O LORD, my rock and my redeemer

"I do more than just push the bed."—A guy came to get me to take me for a test. He did do more- but he could sure drive that bed! – didn’t hit a thing – I know I would have- I’m sure pushing that bed wasn’t the most pleasant part of his job- he had better things to do- but he did that also- but even those times in work- you can endure- you can do those things for some time because you know there are better things to come- as a child of God I must learn to endure and be faithful- endure the things I really don’t care for- be faithful – because God is good to me- his love never fails- and a little hardship now and then is nothing compared to the awesome gift of life God has prepared- even the trees in the forest can sing about it- and I can too- every day- in the temple and at home- I can sing the praises of a good God- my rock and redeemer – "I do more than just push the bed." – I give him thanks and praise for all he has done too!

Prayer- Lord, I give you all the glory- I’ll endure for now and love you all the more. -- Amen

October 12th People Reflection

Wednesday 10/12/2005

Revelation 12-It has happened at last- the salvation and power and kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ!

Esther 2-the king loved her more than any of the other young women

Psalm 105.26-45-he gave them manna-bread from heaven

1 Corinthians 11.23-34-when you gather for the Lord’s Supper, wait for each other

2 Corinthians 2.12-17- but to those who are being saved we are a life giving perfume

Psalm 27-Yes, wait patiently for the LORD

"I’ll be fervently praying for you."- A friends comment about a couple of tests I was to have- it was the food I needed at the time- it was the perfume I needed to smell at the time- it was the reassurance that I was not alone- it was the wait at the table of the supper – it was the light of Christ shining through a friend- it was the love of God glowing through a clay jar- it was the gift of God here – today – when I needed it – and it was a time for me to be humble and accept the love of God through a friend. "I’ll be fervently praying for you."

Prayer- Lord, today – fervently I pray- Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins and we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory are yours. Now and forever.—Lord – thank you for fervently praying friends- teach me to pray! – Amen

October 11th People Reflection

Tuesday 10/11/2005

Revelation 11-but after three and a half days the spirit of life from God entered them, and they stood up!

Esther 1- On the seventh day of the feast when King Xerxes was half drunk…

Psalm 105.1-25-Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness.

1 Corinthians 11.2, 17-22-consider others needs and be compassionate

Hebrews 12.1-2-And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus.

Psalm 146-The LORD will reign forever

"All she has to do is give a little guidance."—an aid commenting on how another aid could help me clean up- get some towels – a razor- some shaving cream- give a little help on what was available for me to help myself while I stay in the hospital – yea- give a little life – and he will stand up- kinda funny this one- cause maybe too – I felt little like King Xerxes – not from alcohol- but from pain medication- "half drunk"- not confident to stand up – but like the nurses aid said- give me a little guidance- and I can doe it- that nurses aid- full of compassion for me- for what reason? – we don’t really know each other- but she was anyway- freely compassionate- showing me the way- telling me to pick up the focus- showing me to focus my life again- not on the pain – but to focus on Jesus- keep my eyes on Jesus- yea—because God will reign forever- my little issues with some pain will disappear – like a puff of smoke- but God is forever- and thanks be to God for the gift from a special nurses aid—"All she has to do is give a little guidance."

Prayer- Lord, guide me this day. -- Amen

October 10th People Reflection

Monday 10/10/2005

Revelation 10-but when the seventh angel blows his trumpet, God’s mysterious plan will be fulfilled.

Nehemiah 13-I also made sure that the supply of wood for the altar was brought at the proper times.

Psalm 104.24-35-O LORD, what a variety of things you have made!…I will praise my God till my last breath.

1 Corinthians 10.14-11.1-whatever you do, you must do all for the glory of God.

Matthew 12.33-37-A good person produces good works from a good heart

Psalm 21-With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.

"Rate the pain on a scale from 1-10." – Makes me wonder—what if someone asked Jesus this question- somehow I think he would say a zero- I know- I know- it was really a 10+++-- but somehow – I think he would tell the person asking that it was a zero- a zero because it’s a mysterious plan- a plan I can’t even begin to comprehend- I know in my heart he felt a 10+++- but I think Jesus would tell me that for me it was a zero- I was asked this question yesterday- and the big wimp I am said a 10- but I think Jesus would have told that doctor or nurse it was a zero- because- in Him is the love so deep that he cares for the one asking the question to forgive sin and give life- I know it was a 10+++- but I think Jesus would have said a zero- he was so happy to take on my sin- your sin and he was so happy to give life again to a fallen broken people that he would have rated the pain a zero – and it would really have been a 10+++- a person with a good heart produces good works- and that’s what Jesus has done for you and for me- god made a vairety of things and gives life- he doesn’t take it away- and I give thanks to God that he supplies the wood for the altar of sacrifice- he died on the wood of that cross and rated that pain a zero—yea – I know it was really a 10+++ , but I think Jesus would have told me it was a zero- and I give my endless thanks to God with music and singing and celebration of Jesus mighty act – how will I respond to my friends in their pain – "Rate the pain on a scale from 1-10." – Give me your pain- I can make it a zero. Thanks be to God!

Prayer- Jesus, thanks for taking on my pain! -- Amen

October 9th People Reflection

Sunday 10/9/2005

Revelation 9- But the people who did not die in these plagues still refused to turn from their evil deeds

Nehemiah 12- they were to take part in the joyous occasion with their songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, lyres, and harps.

Psalm 104.1-23-You make the clouds your chariots; you ride upon the wings of the wind

Matthew 22.1-14-for many are called but few are chosen.

Romans 8.31-39-And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love

Psalm 30-O LORD my God, I cried out to you for help, and you restored my health.

"It’s about our relationship with God." – A comment from a Men’s meeting at church – Will I refuse that relationship?- will I refuse that free gift of life in Jesus? – by what Jesus did- or will I be stubborn and be determined to save myself?- will I not listen to God and refuse to turn from my evil deeds?- will I hear the call?- will I be chosen?- will I be joyous in Jesus?- will I separate myself from his love?- Will I cry out but not turn to him?- Will I let God restore me from death to life? – Will I see him in the clouds?- Will I see him upon the wings of the wind?- Will I shout for joy?- Will I serve him?- Will I love him?- Will I be his child?- Will I accept his love?- Will I praise his name? – Will I center my life in him?- It’s a question – It’s a response to a love that is beyond my comprehension –"It’s about my relationship with God."- "It’s about our relationship with God." – Will I? – Will we? – I will- We will- Thanks be to God!

Prayer- I will love you for all you have done for me- Amen

October 8th People Reflection

Saturday 10/8/2005

Revelation 8-The name of the star was Bitterness. It made one third of the water bitter, and many people died because the water was so bitter.

Nehemiah 11-How nice it must be to have your name recorded in the Bible.

Psalm 103-The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.

Philippians 4.1-9-Dear brothers and sisters, I love you and long to see you.

Romans 1.8-17-It is through faith that a righteous person has life.

Psalm 50-Trust me in times of trouble, I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.

"You go ahead and go. I’ll be there around 8."—Instructions on a time to meet- go ahead- go alone- I’ll see you there a little later- maybe. It all sounds a little iffy if you ask me. Why not go together at the same time? – Is there something wrong? – A little doubt in the words- but still maybe a little hope- not sure- the passage from Revelation reminds me of some bitter water that the Israelites were mad with God about- but god gave Moses a hunk of wood to throw in the water and it made the water sweet to drink- but in Revelation- it’s kinda the opposite- a star from heaven made the water bitter- a light from above made the water bitter- bitter for those who have chosen to walk away from the God that could and did make some other water sweet with the wood of a cross- why the doubt? – why the iffyness of these people- turn to God- be baptized- see and accept the grace of the cross – the forgiveness of sin- and taste the sweet water of life through Jesus- through Jesus see your special name in his book- read the Word and see how God speaks directly to you- his loved one – a dear brother or sister in Christ- feel and experience the trust you can place in Jesus- the one present at all times- he won’t meet you at 8 – he will go with you through it all- he will be the one to go ahead of you and with you- and you will see and feel the presence of a compassionate father to you his child- "You go ahead and go. I’ll be there around 8." – ok—but this time I’m going with my friend Jesus- he will always be there.

Prayer- Lord, thank you for your presence in my life. -- Amen

Friday, October 07, 2005

October 7th People Reflection

Friday 10/7/2005

Revelation 7-After this, I saw a large crowd with more people than could be counted….and they stood before the throne and before the Lamb.

Nehemiah 9.38-10.39-the agreement—We will not neglect the temple of our God

Psalm 102-Every generation of those who serve you will live in your presence.

Isaiah 25.1-9-for you have done wonderful things

Joshua 24.14-18-choose this day whom you will serve

Psalm 112-their hearts are firm, secure in the LORD

"I’m waiting on the tests."—Something like that- a mother with a sick child – waiting on the tests- waiting on the doctors and specialists to figure out what is going on with her child- waiting and wondering – praying and hoping- asking for a peek into the future- I think we have that peek into the future with the passage from Revelation- and it brings hope to the faithful- we will one day stand before the throne of the Lamb and see his glory –experience the glory and all will be made whole again- for the Lamb has saved us and rescued us- but until that day- we wait- we hope- we serve- we pass our faith on from generation to generation- we serve God in his temple- in his kingdom- because we believe that the ending is set- it is sure and set and will be just as the vision leads us to believe- God has done wonderful things for us- each and every day if we but look closely we will see miracle before our eyes- even in the waiting- even in the pain- even in the sorrow- God is with us- and today we must choose whom we will serve- and that choice – if it’s the right choice – will keep our hearts firm and secure in God- "I’m waiting on the tests."—Yea- We will go through some tests but we can also rest assured that in the finality of it all- the faithful will stand before the throne of the Lamb- together with a wonderful crowd of believers- and slowly look up from the base of that cross- and see the glory of God and we will fall to our knees in praise and thanksgiving for all the blessings God has given us.

Prayer- Lord, I wait- I hope- I worry- I love- I wonder- I cry- I sing your praises- I give you glory-I see your face- I feel your Spirit - I love you -- Amen

Thursday, October 06, 2005

October 6th People Reflection

Thursday 10/6/2005

Revelation 6-…rest for a little while. They had to wait until the complete numbers of the Lord’s other servants and followers would be killed.

Nehemiah 8.13-9.37-your gentle Spirit instructed them and you gave them manna to eat and water to drink.

Psalm 101-I will sing to you. LORD!

1 Corinthians 9.1-15-those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel

Matthew 17.1-8-And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

Psalm 121-I lift up my eyes to the hills-from where will my help come?

"I want to be able to go into the back yard."- A goal of a church friend, recently hospitalized. A simple goal yet in his case, for now, a tall task. But first he must rest for a little while- let things heal- let God carry out his healing power in him- let God complete his work- wait on God’s time- he will someday walk in that back yard – in every struggle throughout the Bible you see God’s Sprit instructing- you see God caring for his people – feeding us the manna and water we need- but it’s God’s plan – not the one I try to force into fruition by my will- it’s about God’s plan- not Bill’s plan- my plan will fail- God’s plan will prevail- I must look to follow his plan- and along the way proclaim the good news he has given me- because God saves me in my own unique way- and I must tell the gospel good news of how God has saved me in my time and my life in God’s time and in God’s plan- and then that day will come- for all I have and all I do depends –not on my plan – but on God’s grace and love- then through God and God only will I be able to approach that cross with my friend – slowly look up – and see Jesus – Jesus alone- because my life is in Jesus- I lift my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? – Jesus—"I want to be able to go into the back yard."- and I want to approach that cross with my friend and look up and see Jesus in all his glory.

Prayer- Lord send your Spirit this day to instruct me- feed me your manna- give me your everflowing water and let my eyes lift up to you- you are my help and life. -- Amen

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

October 5th People Reflection

Wednesday 10/5/2005

Revelation 5-The one who is called both the ‘Lion from the Tribe of Judah’ and ‘King David’s Great Descendant’ has won the victory. He will open the book and its seven seals.

Nehemiah 7.4-8.12-When the people returned to their homes, they celebrated by eating and drinking and by sharing their food with those in need, because they had understood what had been read to them. (God’s Law)

Psalm 100-Be thankful and praise the LORD as you enter his temple.

1 Corinthians 8.1-13-Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; but anyone who loves God is known by him.

Deuteronomy 6.4-9-You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when your are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.

Psalm 119.9-16-I treasure your word in my heart…I will not forget your word.

"The Bible came alive when I decided to just read it." – Words like that from a friend- about their experience in reading the Bible- I think the Bible without a doubt comes alive- it comes alive with the Word—the Word made flesh- it comes alive through this Word and dwells among us and within us- the Word becomes a treasure in my heart- I can’t forget the Word- yea- the Word comes alive in the Bible- that collection of books that has surpassed time and ages- that has gone beyond persecution of many people- that has lead countless people through their own wilderness of life- and that Word can only come alive by Jesus opening the seal of my heart- the Lion – the descendant of David- Jesus – the Word opens the book and pours the Word into my heart- and the Word brings great joy- it brings the Love feast of the Moravians- a celebration of the reading of the Word- just like in Nehemiah- a celebration of love- love from the Word poured into my heart- overflowing it so that I can’t help but to love God with all my heart, soul and might- so I can’t help but to let that love overflow to my children and all I see- when I rise and when I lie down- yea—I will treasure the Word in my heart and not forget it- I will read and be inspired by this Word all my life- "The Bible came alive when I decided to just read it."—And the Word made flesh dwelt among us and now in us and through us--- Thanks be to God!

Prayer- Lord, thank you for the Bible- thank you for the gift of your Word- a life given – alive and active now and forever. --- Amen

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

October 3rd and 4th People Reflections

Monday 10/3/2005

Revelation 3-I am the faithful and true witness and the source of God’s creation. Listen to what I say.

Nehemiah 4-But we kept on praying to our God, and we also stationed guards day and night.

Psalm 98-Sing a new song to the LORD!

1 Corinthians 7.25-31-For the present form of this world is passing away

John 3.1-17-How can these things be?

Psalm 38-But it is for you, O LORD, that I wait

"I’ll be home late-tonight I’m going to party."—Something like that- a race car driver who just won the race. I wonder if Jesus thought about a party after creation- it was all good after all – but then we messed it up- so now I must listen to what God has to say- I must realize that he created it all good- and only he can make it good again- I can’t fix it- but I can place all my faith in what he has done- I can wonder in awe as to how and why God has decided to save me- I can respond to my salvation with a new song- and sing that song to God- I can wait for God in all things- for he is God- and this world and life that I have messed up is passing away to a great new life- through my Savior Jesus—"I’ll be home late—tonight I’m going to party."—Now through Jesus I can relate to that.

Prayer- Lord, thank you for giving me reason to party- reason to sing- reason to love you with all I’ve got- for you are God and I’ll wait on you anytime. -- Amen


Tuesday 10/4/2005

Revelation 4-After this I saw a door that opened into heaven.

Nehemiah 5.1-7.3-We must honor our God by the way we live

Psalm 99-Only you are God!

1 Corinthians 7.32-40-but to promote good order and unhindered devotion to the Lord

Colossians 3.18-23-Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters.

Psalm 127-Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.

"I’m taking the dog with me."—Taking the dog to show off- proud of this animal- a source of love and a pet to love- one of the things about a puppy is that they are messy and don’t listen- but they are full of life- they are excited and interested in everything they see- you try to bring some order to things by training the puppy how to behave- but it seems to find ways to disobey, destroy or get away with everything- makes me wonder if Paul was trying to tell us something similar about ourselves- look at the Word given to us- see the good ways to live together with each other and try to bring some order to things- so that we aren’t running all over the place out of live- but we are together on things and devoted to Jesus- follow Jesus- focus on Jesus and make sure our actions allow us to focus on him instead of our own disordered lives- Jesus bring order to our lives—only he is God—and God must be our center- and we must center in God- so whatever we do we work as though working for God not ourselves- honor God by our lives- then when we get to that door in heaven- Jesus will be the source of life for us- not my doings- but his doings- and he will invite me in as a friend to play in his kingdom—"I’m taking the dog with me."—And maybe the dog has it right- live life full and somehow learn how to obey the master- and have a blast doing it all.

Prayer- Lord, you give me life- you give me fun- you take me with you wherever you go- teach me to obey and correct me along the way. -- Amen

Sunday, October 02, 2005

October 2nd People Reflection

Sunday 10/2/2005

Revelation 2-Listen to what I say

Nehemiah 3-The gates and walls are rebuilt by many workers

Psalm 97-The LORD is King! Tell the earth to celebrate and all islands to shout.

Matthew 21.33-46-the kingdom of God will be given to a people that produce the fruits of the kingdom

Jeremiah 1.4-9-you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you

Psalm 139-O LORD, you have searched me and known me.

"That was a lot of work!"—A comment made while moving Jake to the top of a blow up plastic slide so he could slide back to the bottom. – Just like the rebuilding of the gates and walls of Jerusalem were a lot of work- but the reward – the good feeling afterwards makes all the work worth it- and God has work for me too- I must listen to what he has to say- in your face – open advice and guidance- like the words to the churches in Revelation- God holds nothing back – tells you what you need to hear- listen- listen because this is the God that created all there is – even islands have a reason to shout- so listen- this is God- he knows all about me- "That was a lot of work!"- yea if I listen – God graciously gives me a response to his love- a lot of work- but that good kind of work- that work that fulfills- God provides in so many ways- so I’m happy that God gives me work- "That was a lot of work!" – Thanks be to God!

Prayer- Lord, thank you for the work you give me to do in your vineyard- I am thankful for all you give and provide. -- Amen

Saturday, October 01, 2005

October 1st People Reflection

Saturday 10/1/2005

Revelation 1-God will bless everyone who reads this prophecy to others…

Nehemiah 1-2-Jerusalem is truly in a mess!

Psalm 96-Day after day announce, "The LORD has saved us!"

Philippians 3.4b-14-I want to know Christ

John 13.1-11-Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world, he loved them to the end.

Psalm 103-Bless the LORD, all his works…

"Just throw the ball!"—I heard this cry come from a fan at a football game last night- Our team was losing- they looked a mess- Nehemiah was looking at the walls of Jerusalem – after the exile- Jerusalem was a mess! – and it was now time to take drastic action- rebuild- try to save the city and rebuild – it was time to "Just throw the ball!"—God was putting the people to work- giving them all the gifts they needed to start rebuilding- God was saving his people- Jesus at the end of his ministry- knew he was going to die- knew he had to leave- he humbled himself and washed his disciples feet- he loved them- he knew it was time now to "Just throw the ball!" – time to take that final action of sacrifice and love on the cross for us—and Thanks be to God—Jesus "threw the ball!" – yea- I want to know Christ- I want Jesus to lead me and guide me and tell me when it’s me time to "Just throw the ball!" – cause God prepares me- he blesses me and he calls me at just the right time – to "throw the ball!"

Prayer- Lord, prepare me and tell me when it’s time for me to "throw the ball!" -- Amen