Tuesday, January 31, 2006

January 31st People Reflection

Tuesday 1/31/2006

Luke 22.39-71-Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times. He went out and cried and cried and cried.

Genesis 40-What’s wrong? Why the long faces?

Psalm 31-GOD takes care of all who stay close to him…

1 Esdras 2.1-5a-the Lord stirred up the spirit of King Cyrus of the Persians

Hebrews 2.14-18-We are people of flesh and blood….he had to be one of us, so that he could serve God as our merciful and faithful high priest and sacrifice himself for the forgiveness of our sins.

Revelations 22.12-21-I am coming soon!

Psalm 145-I will praise you, my God and King, and always honor your name.

"How’s that for what I can do?"- I challenged Steph while she was bowling in competition to show me what she could do. And she responded with a good 195 game. I wonder if Jesus was challenging Peter with what he could do. But Peter did deny Jesus. But in that denial-Peter realized his salvation. Peter realized that he needed a Savior- Peter realized that he had sinned in his denial and went out a wept in deep repentance for his sin. But soon – very soon- Jesus would return to Peter- and in Jesus resurrection glory would show Peter that Jesus is the Savior – from death, the devil, hell and our own sin. We trust in Jesus – not our own will to repel sin. So What’s wrong? Why the long faces? Joseph looked on to his prison mates and comforted them – well sorta –at least for one of them- and even in the depths of the prisons of my life I can see God working- God will stir the spirits of myself and those around me to see his glory in the depths- Yea – I’m flesh and blood- but Jesus came to my pit and sacrificed himself for my soon. And what a joy to realize that Jesus will return soon. Maybe today! – For my Savior I offer all the praise and glory. "How’s that for what I can do?" – How’s that for what Jesus has already done for me?

Prayer- Jesus, thank you! Thank you for what you have done. -- Amen

Monday, January 30, 2006

January 30th People Reflection

Monday 1/30/2006

Luke 22.1-38-He will show you a spacious second-story room, swept and ready.

Genesis 39-But there in jail GOD was still with Joseph

Psalm 30-You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance…I can’t keep quiet about you

1 Esdras 1/34-58-They burned the house of the Lord…

Psalm 84-LORD God All-Powerful, your temple is so lovely!

Romans 11.33-36-Everything comes from the Lord. All things were made because of him and will return to him.

Psalm 118.19-29-We praise you from here in the house of the LORD.

"I forgot to do the tables."- Working together with Steph we cleaned some rooms in the house. Reminds me of that upper room where Jesus and his disciples took the bread and wine- the body and blood- Swept and ready. Can I make a room swept and ready for my Savior? I think I can get one ready- and you never know where that room may be in life. For Joseph it was even in a jail- swept and ready. But sometimes I’m not prepared with room- the very building may be burnt because of my sin- But God is so loving and All-Powerful that he invites me into his lovely room- his temple and shows me that all I have comes from him- changes my lament of sin into a whirling dance—releases me to praise him in his house. I think I’ll clean up the room of my heart and be ready for my friend and Savior Jesus to visit a while. And maybe he’ll bring a friend or two along with him. "I forgot to do the tables." – Ok—I’ll do them and we’ll be ready.

Prayer-Lord, I’m glad you’re here- please come into my room and stay a while. -- Amen

Sunday, January 29, 2006

January 29th People Reflection

Sunday 12/29/2006

Luke 21-"And then-then!- they’ll see the Son of man welcomed in grand style- a glorious welcome! When all this starts to happen, up on your feet. Stand tall with your heads high. Help is on the way!"

Genesis 38-She’s in the right; I’m in the wrong

Psalm 29-GOD makes his people strong. GOD gives his people peace.

1 Esdras 1.25-33-Josiah, however, did not turn back to his chariot, but tried to fight with him, and did not heed the words of the prophet Jeremiah from the mouth of the Lord.

Mark 1.21-28-News about Jesus quickly spread all over Galilee.

Isaiah 55.12-13-When you are set free, you will celebrate and travel home in peace. Mountains and fills will sing as you pass by, and trees will clap.

Psalm 36.5-10- Your love is faithful, LORD, and even the clouds in the sky can depend on you.

"I just love that scrubber!" – A waitress at Skyline talking about a floor scrubber she bought that made work easier for her. She was really excited about it- telling how great it was- even making one want to see it and try it out. I wonder if people I talk to hear about Jesus from me in this way. I don’t think so. I think this waitress was more convincing about this scrubber than I am about Jesus in my life. That’s just plain wrong! I need and want to talk of Jesus much greater than any scrubber- but I hold back. But in another way – Jesus doesn’t depend on what I think or do. Jesus will come again anyway-in grand style- Jesus speaks for himself- and in realizing his saving power- it’s easier and easier for me to respond how I want to- in public- boldly- loudly. Yea-some of this world will laugh and think I’m silly- but like I said – Jesus speaks for himself- comments by others won’t make a difference. God will give me words to defend my joy and happiness in him- I will realize when I’m in the wrong- repent- and rejoice in God’s strength and peace. I can stop and listen and heed the words of the prophets and most of all the loving Word of Jesus. The news of Jesus will spread-and I want to be part of spreading that news. I will be free to celebrate. Lord, your love is faithful- everything depends on you- let me see and understand- "I just love that scrubber!" – Scrubber? – Pooh- I just love my Lord and Savior!

Prayer-Jesus, hear today my love, praise, thanksgiving and joy in you. You are my Savior and I love you! Let the world hear me tell of you today and always—boldly-confidently-lovingly. Amen

Saturday, January 28, 2006

January 28th People Reflection

Saturday 1/28/2006

Luke 20.27-47-All ecstasies and intimacies then will be with God.

Genesis 37-His brothers pulled Joseph out of the cistern and sold him for twenty pieces of silver.

Psalm 28-Blessed be GOD- he heard me praying.

1 Esdras 23-24-…so that the words of the Lord fell upon Israel

1 Corinthians 8.1-13-But knowledge makes us proud of ourselves, while love makes us helpful to others.

James 1.16-18-Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created all the lights in the heavens.

Psalm 107.1-15-You were is serious trouble, but you prayed to the LORD, and he rescued you.

"That’ll be $1.70."- Something like that- not sure about the price. I wonder if Joseph brothers said, "That’ll be twenty pieces of silver." –Did Judas say "That’ll be thirty coins."- Do I sell God out in my life?- Sometimes I do- I take him to the cross to save my own skin- but that doesn’t work- it always fails- I can’t save my own skin- it’s in my very sale of God that he turns it around and saves my skin- The brothers sold Joseph- but in the end Joseph saves the brothers- Judas sold Jesus- in the end Jesus gives salvation to all- that’s the ecstasies and intimacies of God- he goes way deeper than human emotion to the heart of the issue- to my heart in a love so deep I can’t even begin to understand it- that’s the understanding of love I will have some day- God hears my prayer- God hears me repent and responds with love- God doesn’t sell me out- he responds and acts- God doesn’t throw me away- he give me graceful salvation that I only need to accept and believe and respond to- the response isn’t some great knowledge for myself- some deep theological understanding- the response is a thankful loving heart that reaches out to all God’s creation in love – the God that gives the perfect gift- the perfect gift of Jesus- the creator of all the lights in the heavens-Jesus a light and the Word that fell from heaven- Jesus the real true light of love and salvation to a world bent on saving itself- a world bent on paying a price that will never result in salvation- a world in serious trouble- but I pray to God and he rescues me with a price I can not afford- gives it to me- rescues me. "That’ll be $1.70."—Thank you Jesus for paying the price I could not pay!

Prayer- Jesus, you are my salvation. Thanks be to God! -- Amen

Friday, January 27, 2006

January 27th People Reflection

Friday 1/27/2006

Luke 20.1-26-His answer caught them off guard and left them speechless.

Genesis 35-36-This accounts for the family tree of Esau, ancestor of all Edomites.

Psalm 27-Light, space, zest—that’s God!

Deuteronomy 18.15-20-I will give my message to that prophet, who will tell the people exactly what I have said.

Genesis 3.8-15-The LORD called out to the man and asked, "Where are you?"

Psalm 24-Open the ancient gates, so that the glorious king may come in.

"That was fun!"- Fun with a friend- fun being together- fun working along side each other- fun with life- Ministry is fun also- when God gives the gifts and I find them and use them- it all turns into fun- Sometimes I don’t realize what God has done for me until I stop – Reflect- think about it—and that’s when Jesus answer always catches me off guard- Jesus has a way of turning things around- Jesus is light- then I think of how Jesus transcended space and time- God is zest! – yea- that’s God!- And all the fun ways that God speaks- through prophets that you would least expect to hold the Word of God- And God makes me reflect on my sin so that I realize how wonderful his grace is in my life- Where are you? – What are you doing? – Why are you doing that? – Stop and think-reflect and listen – Open the gates of my heart and hear – really hear what God wants me to do- let the glorious king into my life and worship-praise-adore and follow him-seeking and doing his will – "That was fun!" – Yea-it sure was!

Prayer-Jesus, as you come to my door this day, I’m going outside to play with you and some other friends of mine-Mom!- I’m goin out to play for a while! -- Amen

Thursday, January 26, 2006

January 26th People Reflection

Thursday 1/26/2006

Luke 19.28-48-Some Pharisees from the crowd told him, "Teacher, get your disciples under control!" But he said, "If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise."

Genesis 34-You’ve made my name stink to high heaven…

Psalm 26-Clear my name, GOD

Psalm 111-Respect and obey the LORD! This is the first step to wisdom and good sense.

Titus 1.1-4-Titus, because of your faith, you are like a son to me. I pray that God our Father and Christ Jesus our Savior will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!

Psalm 29-Honor the wonderful name of the LORD, and worship the LORD most holy and glorious.

"It’s a personal coat of armor symbol."-An assignment that Stephanie was working on- a symbol that represented her- how she is unique- her name and honor- her gifts- her likes. When Jesus was entering Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday- the people were giving him great honor- shouting praises to him- but some thought this to be wrong- but Jesus pointed out- that if these people- his disciples- his followers didn’t shout out praise that the very stones in that place would praise him- And it’s true- nature itself shouts out praises to God- all the wild animals- all the vegetation honors God and praises his perfect creation- shouting to God in praise and glory- But sometimes I come into the scene- with my sin and selfishness- and as a child of God – through my selfish desires I can make his name stink- but in repentance God forgives my sin- clears my name and restores me- through Jesus act of love I am called- and I return in thanks and praise to respect and obey God- and that’s the first step to wisdom- in faith God is kind and saves me- How wonderful is the name of God- I will worship and praise his glorious name forever. "It’s a personal coat of armor symbol." – I have that coat of armor in Jesus my Savior.

Prayer-Jesus, all honor, and glory, and power are yours—now and forever! -- Amen

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

January 25th People Reflection

Wednesday 1/25/2006

Luke 19.1-27-What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?

Genesis 32-33-Your name is no longer Jacob. From now on it’s Israel (God-Wrestler)

Psalm 25-Show me how you work, GOD; School me in your ways.

Acts 9.1-22-Now get up and go into the city, where you will be told what to do.

1 Corinthians 1.1-10-But God was kind!

Psalm 16-Every good thing I have is a gift from you.

"We found your hard drive and will recover the data."- My computer was swapped out at work and some needed data went with it. But it was found and will be restored. Sometimes I think I have to wrestle with my computer. Make sure that I do things correctly. In my wrestle with my computer I come to realize that most of the time, it is something that I have done that has caused the issue. Seems that in the end the computer is rarely at fault. I just goofed up somehow. I’m like that when I wrestle with God. In the end I just goofed up somehow. But God is kind to me. God forgives me. God even calls me and gives me a new name. Sees right through my sin and my struggle and puts me on his path. Stands me back on my feet. I may be blind at first, but in my blindness God tells me to Go! – and he will lead and guide me if I only trust him- I must trust him- I’m blind after all- then God gives me the joy of sight. And I realize that every good thing I have ever had is a gift from God. God-show me your work- show me your way- school me in your ways. "We found your hard drive and will recover the data."- Set me straight once again Father.

Prayer-Lord, show me your ways and school me today. -- Amen

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

January 24th People Reflection

Tuesday 1/24/2006

Luke 18.18-43-He was holding on tight to a lot of things and not about to let them go.

Genesis 31-This monument of stones and this stone pillar that I have set up is a witness

Psalm 24-GOD is at their side’ with GOD’s help they make it.

Galatians 1.11-24-But even before I was born, God had chosen me.

1 Timothy 4.9-16-We have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of everyone, but especially of those who have faith.

Psalm 8-Our LORD and Ruler, your name is wonderful everywhere on earth!

"They aren’t like you and me. All they know is production."- A need to save energy- to audit buildings- but most of the people don’t even begin to know what to look for. They hold tight to certain things and won’t let go. Monuments are set up to honor themselves. But God asks me to honor him- to let go of myself- to give myself over to him- he chose me even before I was born to work for him – to do his will- not to follow my own whim – God is on my side but I was created for God- not for myself- and living in hope I have faith in a God who is wonderful everywhere on earth- a living God who sent a Savior for me to follow, worship, praise and love. I’m here for God. "They aren’t like you and me. All they know is production."

All I want to know is God.

Prayer-Lord, show me more of you and less of me. -- Amen

Monday, January 23, 2006

January 23rd People Reflection

Monday 1/23/2006

Luke 18.1-17-Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.

Genesis 29.31-30.43-God took my side and vindicated me.

Psalm 23-I’m back home in the house of GOD for the rest of my life.

Luke 21.10-19-But don’t worry! You will be saved by being faithful to me.

John 1.9-14-He came into his won world…

Psalm 65-Wherever you footsteps touch the earth, a rich harvest is gathered.

"I have three questions for you."- It really turned out to be many more questions than three. We all have questions – but sometimes we don’t really get answers—or even if we do – then we have more questions. Children have questions all the time. I think that’s what God wants me to do too- accept the kingdom in the simplicity of a child- have some questions- then some more questions after I get a few answers- but always be curious- always be seeking more and more of God- the more God I see- the more God I seek- just like a child. And like a child I can be home with God all my life- I never have to go out on my own- a child of God forever- under his love and care- watching the one I adore- marveling at how his footstep touch the earth wherever he walks and changes it all to a harvest of wonderful flowers of grace and love- Cause as far as this child can tell- God came to me- God caused me to be- and God takes my side all my life and loves and protects me- I will be faithful to my Daddy. "I have three questions for you." – Yea- and that’s just a start.

Prayer-Lord, let me stay by your side- looking up to you- asking questions and listening to your answers. I have a few questions for you. -- Amen

Sunday, January 22, 2006

January 22nd People Reflection

Sunday 1/22/2006

Luke 17-If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms.

Genesis 29.1-30-he went and single-handedly rolled the stone from the mouth of the well

Psalm 22-He has never let you down, never looked the other way…he has been right there, listening.

Mark 1.14-20-The time has come! God’s kingdom will soon be here. Turn back to God and believe the good news!

Colossians 1.15-23-All things were created by God’s Son, and everything was made for him.

Psalm 34-Keep you eyes on the LORD!

"I’ve been waiting in line for 20 minutes!"—A guy in front of me at Wendy’s in Grove City. I thought 20 minutes! This is Wendy’s for crying out loud! – So I watched for a few minutes and went to Burger King across the street. I didn’t want to deal with the aggravation just for some fast food. That was all stuff on my terms- I decided to move – to go somewhere else- but with God I must give that up- listen to what God wants me to do- go with God’s terms – give up my life to God- and in doing this God gives life. Jacob went to a well with a big stone covering it- but when his wife-to-be came-he was able to move that big stone on his own- a movement of God- but participation by Jacob- God gave the strength but Jacob had to make the move- I like to think about how God set my salvation in place even before the beginning of the world. Jesus created all things and all things were created for Jesus. Therefore I was created for God- so I must realize that my life isn’t mine anyway- my life belongs to God- and God wants me to realize this- to keep my eyes on him- because I was created for him. God wasn’t created for me--- that’s where I fall into sin- when I try to control it all- when I try to tell God what he needs to do for me- it’s not about what he needs to do for me- he has already done that- but it’s about what I do for him because of what he has already done for me—so in this case and in all cases—The time has come! – God’s Kingdom in here and now – and to be fulfilled- so I will believe the good news and turn to God! – "I’ve been waiting in live for 20 minutes!"—I love you Lord- I believe in you- show me what you would like this day—right now or whenever you are ready.

Prayer-Lord, let me hear your voice this day and serve and praise you. -- Amen

Saturday, January 21, 2006

January 21st People Reflection

Saturday 1/21/2006

Luke 16-They have Moses and the Prophets to tell them the score. Let them listen to them.

Genesis 27.46-28.22-I’ll stick with you until I’ve done everything I promised you.

Psalm 21-Show your strength, GOD, so no one can miss it.

1 Corinthians 7.29-31-This world as we know it is passing away.

Lamentations 3.19-33-Then I remember something that fills me with hope. The LORD’s kindness never fails!…It is good to wait patiently for the LORD to save us.

Psalm 33.12-22-We depend on you, LORD, to help and protect us.

"I cleaned the probe and the conductivity came back down."- Working on a cooling tower water treatment control. A problem where the reading was out of whack causing the control to operate off of false data. Today I have the Bible, Moses and the Prophets to give me the good data- to give me the Word I need to operate in life as a Christian. To make the decisions I need to make through the eyes of God. But sometimes my probe gets dirty. I get off track and start doing the wrong things. That’s when I need God to forgive me-clean the probe- and when he does that- suddenly I realize- Yea! God is the one who will stick with me- clean me up- He shows his strength to me and fills me with hope. He cleans me up- makes me right. God’s kindness never fails. Oh how I can wait on God- gladly wait- I depend on him to help and protect me and to keep me clean. This world of dirt will soon pass away and I will be clean- white as snow forever—but for now- I ask God to keep an eye on me- to discipline me when needed and to forgive me. I repent and ask God to lead and guide me. "I cleaned the probe and the conductivity came back down."

Prayer- Lord, forgive me and clean me and keep my conductivity under control. -- Amen

Friday, January 20, 2006

January 20th People Reflection

Friday 1/20/2006

Luke 15-that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God

Genesis 27.1-45-May God give you of Heaven’s dew…

Psalm 20-That clinches it-help’s coming, an answer on the way, everything’s going to work out.

Jonah 3.1-5, 10-They believed God’s message…

Ephesians 2.1-10-but God loved us so much he made us alive with Christ, and God’s wonderful kindness is what saves you.

Psalm 33.1-11-But what the LORD has planned will stand forever.

"You forgot to take the data."- Data for vibration analysis. The measurements weren’t taken. In all the hustle of setting up the route the reality of the data was forgotten. Sometimes I wonder if I forget God in my life- forget the most important thing in life- get so much in a hurry – so focused on things I need to get done or things I need to do that I forget the most important thing- God is present with me- God takes care of me- turn to God and a party will be thrown by come angels- turn to God and maybe God will decide to give you the miracle of Heaven’s dew- that sweet water of baptism and salvation- that provides life for my spirit- real life- that clinches it- that makes life real- not just some big run around after things – but love of God- God loves me so much he wants me to be alive with Christ- not to forget Christ in my own selfish ambition- it is God’s wonderful kindness that saves me- not my own work that I do- and what God has planned will stand forever- not what Bill plans- so, I gotta step back when I forget to take the data- look at what is important- stop and listen and feel Jesus presence and follow him—"You forgot to take the data." – Stop and take the data- it is salvation and joy and peace and love.

Prayer-Lord, stop me today when I need to stop and send me to take the data. -- Amen

Thursday, January 19, 2006

January 19th People Reflection

Thursday 1/19/2006

Luke 14.25-35-Are you listening to this? Really listening?

Genesis 26-Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out his window and saw Isaac fondling his wife Rebekah.

Psalm 19-The revelation of GOD is whole and pulls our lives together.

Psalm 65.5-12-Your river never runs dry

1 Corinthians 10.16-17-By sharing in the same loaf of bread, we become one body, even though there are many of us.

Psalm 67-make everyone praise you and shout your praises.

"Did you get much snow at your house?"- A question from a friend at work. A conversation starter. A place to start. Was I listening? Really listening? This is one of those questions that is just a start to deeper conversation. Did I listen for the deeper conversation. That conversation that says I want to hear about you and your life. I care enough to listen. Do I listen to God? Really listen? Slow down—stop and listen. Look around and notice the details. Ha! Abimelech stopped to look around and saw Isaac fondling Rebekah. Sounds so much like something Abraham would so with Sarah. If I will just stop and listen – God reveals himself to me- God has come to me and pulls my life together. Leads and guides me. Takes care of me and never lets the river of his love run dry. That river that always flows with grace, love and salvation. Always there. A river of love that is worth sharing in the body and blood- the bread and wine with the whole body of Christians—many of us – causing us to praise and shout to God. "Did you get much snow at your house?" – Time to stop and listen.

Prayer-Lord, I will stop and listen to your voice. -- Amen

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

January 18th People Reflection

Wednesday 1/18/2006

Luke 14.1-24-How fortunate the one who gets to eat dinner in God’s kingdom!

Genesis 25-Isaac prayed hard to God for his wife because she was barren.

Psalm 18-I love you GOD—you make me strong

Matthew 16.13-19-You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.

Luke 9.18-20-You are the Messiah sent from God.

Psalm 89.1-4, 14-26-You are my Father and my God, as well as the mighty rock where I am safe.

"Customer needs assistance at the water heaters." – I pushed this button at Lowes and a voice came over the intercom system. Man was she relentless. The voice didn’t stop until someone came. But they couldn’t help me when a real person arrived anyway. But I know that when Jesus arrived I was helped. He is the Messiah- the Son of the living God- sent from God. Not some synthesized computer voice over an intercom. Jesus sent to me and is with me in all my troubles and life situations. Even cooooolllld water! Jesus, my rock where I am safe. Jesus –I can pray to real real hard just like Isaac did and God will answer. I love you Jesus- you make me strong because of your real assistance. "Customer needs assistance at the water heaters." – Thanks be to God that he sent his Son to deliver me from myself.

Prayer-Lord, you gave me an example of assistance- help me this day to show your love to others in assistance. -- Amen

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

January 17th People Reflection

Tuesday 1/17/2006

Luke 13.18-35- Blessed is he who comes in the name of God.

Genesis 24-He said, ‘GOD before whom I’ve walked faithfully will send his angel with you and he’ll make things work out…

Psalm 17-I plan on looking you full in the face, When I get up, I’ll see your full stature and live heaven on earth.

1 Corinthians 10.1-5-all of our ancestors walked under the cloud and went through the sea

John 11.17-29-Everyone who has faith in me will live, even if they die.

Psalm 13-Make my eyes sparkle again

"I’m on my way." – Meeting a friend for coffee, conversation and prayer. Blessed is he who comes in the name of God. That’s the conversation I need. One who talks of God in their daily lives. One who sees God in day to day experience. A person who some day will also look God full in the face. A person – a relative in Christ who has also walked under the cloud. Who has passed through the sea- walked in the desert of live. One who has faith and will live. That’s a friend. Who can join me with another friend of mine in Jesus. Now that’s what makes my eyes sparkle again. "I’m on my way." – Thanks be to God!

Prayer- Lord, today make me the one to be "on my way" for another person this day. -- Amen

Monday, January 16, 2006

January 16th People Reflection

Monday 1/16/2006

Luke 13.1-17-Let’s give it another year. I’ll dig around it and fertilize, and maybe it will produce next year

Genesis 23-I want to pay the price of the land

Psalm 16-Without you, nothing makes sense…I’m happy form the inside out

Psalm 18.1-6, 16-19-I love you, LORD God, and you make me strong.

Zechariah 2.10-12-The LORD has promised to come and live with you.

Psalm 87-All who sing or dance will say, "I too am from Zion."

"I can’t get all this make-up off my face."- Steph trying to get the mime make-up off of her face after a Youth Sunday service. Yea, I tend to cover up too. Especially in church sometimes. But God knows me. He knows all about me. I’m so glad he is willing to give me another year. To dig around my soul. To fertilize me with some manure. To make me smell the stench of sin and live in it. But I must produce fruit. I must live in the joy of the price he paid for the "land" of my life. If only I truly trust in this salvation. I feel the joy beaming through from the inside out. I feel and praise God with that deep love that in turn makes me strong. I am overjoyed that God has chosen to live with me. And I sing and dance for all he has done. "I can’t get all of this make-up off my face."- Thanks be to God he knows me and there is no longer need for make-up.

Prayer-Lord, you know me- forgive my sin and send me in joy to this world- to bear the fruit you would have me bear. -- Amen

Sunday, January 15, 2006

January 13th - 15th People Reflections

Friday 1/13/2006

Luke 11.29-54-Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room.

Genesis 20-But God came to Abimelech in a dream…

Psalm 13-Long enough I’ve carried this ton of trouble, lived with a stomach full of pain.

1 Samuel 3.1-20-I’m listening, LORD. What do you want me to do?

Isaiah 29.18-19-The deaf will be able to hear whatever is read to them…

Psalm 95-Listen to God’s voice today!

"Looks like they aren’t home." – Paul and I trying to give home communion. The couple weren’t home. Listen – to God- When I was knocking on the door – you always wonder if it is loud enough- can the people inside hear the knock- I suppose so- I must listen for that knock on the door too- that knock that Jesus wants me to come out and play – that knock where I will be able to hear his voice even through my deaf ears- that voice that I need to hear each day- that voice – that dream that God sends to tell me – to direct me- to lead and guide me. And I need to keep the lights on and display his light all day long. And with that knock of the door Jesus takes my troubles and asks me out to play. "Looks like they aren’t home." I sure hope I hear his knock this day!

Prayer- Lord, I’m listening for your knock this day. -- Amen

Saturday 1/14/2006

Luke 12.1-31-Fool! Tonight you die. And your barn full of goods- who gets it? That’s what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God.

Genesis 21-Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and worshiped God there, praying to the External God.

Psalm 14-Yes. God is around. God turns life around.

1 Corinthians 6.12-20-The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God.

Isaiah 50.4-5-Each morning he awakens me eager to learn his teaching; he made me willing to listen and not rebel or run away.

Psalm 5-Listen, LORD, as I pray!

"Sarah! I don’t know about this place!"- Sarah took us to a barbecue place out in the dark woods of North Carolina- way out! – on dirt roads and all – but once we got there; we had a blast! – Bluegrass music- clogging and ol country folk. These aren’t the people who store up goods in their barns. They live life in the moment. I have a great respect for people like these. Sometimes these are the people that are the source of miracles in life- they bring you back to where you belong- trusting in God- rejoicing in the Spirit and knowing that God is present in the simple joys of life. "Sarah! I don’t know about this place!" – Well sometimes I just need to trust and have some faith.

Prayer- Lord, I put on my trust and faith in you. -- Amen

Sunday 1/15/2006

Luke 12.32-59-I’ve come to change everything, turn everything rightside up…

Genesis 22-Yes? Answered Abraham. I’m listening.

Psalm 15-GOD, who gets invited to dinner at your place?

John 1.43-51-Come with me.

Exodus 15.19-21-Sing praises to the LORD for his great victory!

Psalm 149.1-5-Shout praises to the LORD!

"I’ve never seen that before!" – A semi-trailer had blown over from high winds in the mountains. Makes me think of the Luke passage. Oh, how that trailer needed to be turned righside up. And many times I need that too. I need God to turn me righside up. I need to listen carefully to God. Listen to his instruction. When he calls, I need to come with him. And in all that I will sing praises. Because he has invited me to dinner with him. "I’ve never seen that before!" – I’m glad God shocks me awake from time to time and turns me rightside up.

Prayer-Lord, turn me rightside up this day. -- Amen

Thursday, January 12, 2006

January 12th People Reflection

Thursday 1/12/2006

Luke 11.1-28-Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need.

Genesis 19-he was mindful of Abraham and first got Lot out of there

Psalm 12-God’s words are pure words

Psalm 139.1-6, 13-18-Before I even speak a word, you know what I will say

Proverbs 4.1-12-I have shown you the way that makes sense

Psalm 61-Let me live with you forever

"Will you leave me some lunch money?"- I didn’t even know that I needed to give Steph lunch money. She asked so now I know and now I give her some lunch money. No bargain here- just a Father who didn’t know. I thank God that he isn’t like that with me. He gives me lunch money each day. No need to bargain. He is so loving- He never forgets and even knows what I need before I even know I need it. God was mindful of Lot. Sure Abraham pleaded with God to spare some people – but God was going to take care of Lot all along anyway. God’s words are pure. What he says – you can count on. God knows all about me. And God shows me the way to go. With a God like that – what more could I want or need anyway? Let me live with God forever. "Will you leave me some lunch money?" – Thanks be to God – he leaves me this and so much more.

Prayer-Lord, Thank you for daily bread! -- Amen

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

January 11th People Reflection

Wednesday 1/11/2006

Luke 10.21-42-you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing is essential,…it’s the main course….

Genesis 18-God appeared to Abraham….

Psalm 11-God’s business is putting things right

Genesis 4.1-16-So the LORD put a mark on Cain to warn everyone not to kill him.

2 Timothy 1.5-7-The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control.

Psalm 25-Show me your path and teach me to follow…

"I’ll take a little less than half." – Steph talking about some fish I was cooking. She didn’t want half like I thought. It was the main course. Like Jesus is the main course in life. I need to make sure I keep my focus on life on him- don’t fuss too much with the side dishes- concentrate on the main course. Make sure I pray and listen to Jesus words and guidance. God appeared to Abraham. In the form of a few men one day. God told Abraham that Sarah would have a child by that time next year. Concentrate on the main course. Don’t fuss with all the details of age and all but listen to what God has to say and trust, have faith and believe. God will put things right – just like with Cain- sure God knew what Cain had done- but he asked Cain what happened – I need to confess my sin- own up to it with God – and trust that God will care for me- put a mark on me- well he did put a mark on me- he marked me with the cross of Christ forever – and then I was sent into the world – In baptism the Spirit gives me all I need – all the power, love and self-control--- and yea I’ll fall back- but I come before God day after day and relive that baptism- remembering God’s promise to me- repent and move on- follow God’s path and listen to his teaching and guidance along the way. It’s a journey. It’s a journey where I must keep my focus not on myself- but on the main course. "I’ll take a little less than half." – Focus on the main course and love along the way.

Prayer-Lord, keep my focus on you and your love always. -- Amen

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

January 10th People Reflection

Tuesday 1/10/2006

Luke 10.1-20-Not what you do for God but what God does for you---that’s the agenda for rejoicing.

Genesis 17-call her Sarah. I’ll bless her---yes!

Psalm 10-God’s grace and order wins; godlessness loses.

Genesis 3.1-24-The snake was sneakier than any of the other wild animals that the LORD God had made.

Deuteronomy 33.12-The LORD Most High loves you….

Psalm 84-LORD God All-Powerful, you bless everyone who trusts you.

"The dogs are out of food."- Dogs are so dependent. I have to go get some food. Let them out in the yard. Make sure their needs are met. They provide me with company and love in return. It isn’t what I do for God it’s what God does for me. I much like the dogs. So dependent. I need and depend on God to provide for all my needs. It’s not about what I do for God- God doesn’t need me- I need God- It’s about what God does for me – that’s the agenda for rejoicing. For some unexplained reason God takes care of me- God blesses me with all I need. Just like Sarah – blessed- yes! – God’s grace and order wins- It’s about what God does. Yea- the snake is sneaky- and I try to control my life depending on that snake- but it doesn’t work- because it’s not about what I do – it’s about what God does for me- I can’t ever understand it- but God has shown the reason to me- it’s love- real love- the love of God in what he did with Jesus for me- A God who chose to bless all people who trust in him. It’s not about what I do for God- that would never be enough- It’s about what God does for me. "The dogs are out of food." – And thanks be to God he loves me so much he will provide all the food I need- I will trust in him.

Prayer- Lord, I place all my trust and hope in you. -- Amen

Monday, January 09, 2006

January 8th and 9th People Reflections

Sunday 1/8/2005

Luke 9.1-27-Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and move on.

Genesis 15-That’s when GOD made a covenant with Abram….

Psalm 8-GOD, brilliant Lord, your name echoes around the world.

Mark 1.4-11-As soon as Jesus come out of the water, he was the sky open and the Holy Spirit coming down to him like a dove.

Matthew 3.13-17-For now this is how it should be, because we must do all that God wants us to do.

Psalm 18.1-19-When I was fenced in, you freed and rescued me because you love me.

"Which way are you heading?"—I had asked for directions to another Big Lots store that may have the bed that I was looking to purchase. This store in Hickory was out of stock. "Which way are you heading?" – I didn’t have the slightest idea which way I was heading. We finally got some directions from a lady at a Consignment Store where we purchased a chair. Jesus sent his disciples out to tell the good news. He gave them advice- If someone chooses not to listen- Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and move on. Which direction were they heading? God sent Abram out from his home country. I wonder if Abram knew which direction he was heading? Jesus was baptized by John. Which direction was he heading? Then the Holy Spirit descended like a dove. I think I may nor really need to know exactly which direction I am heading as long as I am following the Spirit of God. Listening and following God’s voice and trusting in him all along the way. And when I’m feeling fenced in and trapped I can trust that God will free and rescue me because he loves me. "Which way are you heading?" – I’m following the voice of my Lord and Savior- whatever direction he chooses for me to go.

Prayer-Lord, lead and guide me this day. – Amen

Monday 1/9/2006

Luke 9.28-62-Jesus said, "No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put god’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day."

Genesis 16-"You’re the God who sees me!

Psalm 9-I’m thanking you, GOD, from a full heart…

Genesis 2.4-25-It isn’t good for the man to live alone.

Matthew 2.13-15-Get up! Hurry and take the child….

Psalm 114-because he turns solid rock into flowing streams…

"Would you like to make that a combo?" – The girl at the Burger King counter at a rest stop on the way home in West Virginia. A combo of what? She means a sandwich with fries and a drink. But I only wanted the sandwich. So, no, I didn’t want a combo. Jesus sometimes is like a combo too. He comes alone or with things. Both ways are good. And Jesus calls me through my baptism- leads and guides me- tells me when it’s time to hurry up- tells me when to not look back- no time for a combo- get with it- go and do what I need you to do—other times- yea- there is time for a combo – God sees me and grants me rest in him- I have time to give thanks- to reflect on his blessings- I have time to stop and listen to him speak through friends- Combo or not- Jesus is with me- in flesh- in Spirit – and in my baptism. God rips open the heavens and descends like a dove- into this world and my life- and God cause me a solid rock to get moving like a flowing stream. "Would you like to make that a combo?" – Depends- what do you have in store for me this day Lord?- I’ll take either way.

Prayer- Lord, Speak to me this day- in prayer and with others- for your blessings I give you all thanks, praise and glory. -- Amen

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Fw: January 7th People Reflection

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Sent: Saturday, January 07, 2006 9:20 AM
Subject: January 7th People Reflection

Can you send this one out too when you get a chance? -- Thanks,


Saturday 1/7/2006
Luke 8.26-56-Don?t be upset. Just trust me and everything will be all
Genesis 13-14-So?on your feet, get moving!
Psalm 7-God! God! I am running to you for dear life; the chase is wild.
Acts 19.1-7-Then why were you baptized?
Isaiah 59.21-I promise to give you my Spirit and my message. These
will be my gifts to you and your families forever.
Psalm 111-With all my heart I will thank the LORD when his people meet.

?Every time I come in here I see you.? ? A college friend of Sarah?s-
they went to Germany together with the choir. We were in ?Drips? a
coffee shop in Hickory NC. I asked Sarah if she ever left the coffee
shop since her friend only meets her there. The coffee shop- a special
place- where people meet and greet- where music is played- where
conversations are held- Reminds me of the church- or even better the
buildings where the church meets- all over the place- people meet with
God in their hearts- to worship and praise him ? to give thanks and to
serve him- all over the place and all times- Yesterday after a very
fruitful day of finding an apartment for Sarah- moving her from her
dorm into the apartment and many other tasks- I saw the campus pastor
at Lenoir-Rhyne- Pastor Weisner- I shouted across the street to him
that God was at work today and sorting all of it out. I thought he was
about to serve communion. I really don?t think he was. But he did
anyway. A special communion service with just Sarah, Sue, myself and
Pastor Weisner leading. It was a wonderful mid-day cap to a God filled
day. A day to remember ? not to get upset- a day to trust God and know
that everything will be all right. But also a day to obey God- to get
on our feet and get moving! ? In so many ways- A day to realize that
we run to God for dear life in a wild chase- but also a day to realize
that God makes it all ok- A day to recall my baptism of years ago- a
day that recalls a time when God called me into ministry- as a tiny
baby- God calls me into ministry- a baby who must trust and love God
that he will send his Spirit to lead and guide at just the right time
and in the right places- A day to come back with a message of love and
salvation ? of trust and hope- of beginnings and holy struggles that
God will be present in and with. ?Every time I come in here I see
you.? ? And I?m happy about that- cause I have a friend to tell you
about ? a message to talk about- a life to give.

Prayer- Lord, thank you for your ever presence in life- send me out
with your wonderful message of love, trust and hope to the world. --

Friday, January 06, 2006

January 6th People Reflection

From Bill - who is in Hickory, NC with Sue and Sarah:

Friday 1/6/2006
Luke 8.1-25-We?re not keeping secrets, we?re telling them.
Genesis 12-So Abram left just as GOD said?.
Psalm 6-Please, GOD, no more yelling?
Matthew 2.1-12-They were thrilled and excited to see the star.
Psalm 105.1-11-Praise the LORD and pray in his name! Tell everyone
what he has done.

?Turn here, it?s in the Gastonia ghetto.??Picking up Sarah?s car at
the bus stop in Gastonia NC. Driving through town I was thinking ?
well this is a nice town. But, boy, where they put the bus stop was
like another world. A run down building literally collapsing in on
itself. Next to the back end of some old factories in the back of some
railroad tracks. It was like going out to the back of AK somewhere.
But there was her car. One of only two or three?and it was just fine.
Her car had sat in this place for about a month. It started and all-
even though I had packed some tools and jumper cables just in case.
God truly blessed this little trip. Seems like there are times in life
where you have to just leave and go. This trip was and is one of them.
You pray about what to do. Then you listen for God- but at some point ?
you just go. You get all worked up over some decision- sometimes
yelling back and forth- sometimes arguing- sometimes seeking advice-
sometimes research- and all the time praying ? but at some point it?s
go- The Wise Men were given the advantage of seeing the start- I like
how the passage reads- they were excited to see the star- makes me
wonder if they finally realized who the real star was- who the source
of light in this dark world is- who the light is that was sent from
God- but they had to just go at some point- this going always produces
a story to tell about an adventure- and when that adventure includes
God ? how can the going be wrong- it may not all work as I expect ?
but knowing that God is with me in the going- makes all the
difference. And knowing this allows me to Praise God and pray in his
name and tell everyone what he has done. ?Turn her, it?s in the
Gastonia ghetto.??Hmmm?Wise men?turn here?you won?t believe where he
was born! Thanks be to God!

Prayer-Lord, Be born in my adventures this day- I?m sure to be amazed
and will run back telling all the secrets. -- Amen

Thursday, January 05, 2006

January 5th People Reflection

Thursday 1/5/2006

Luke 7.18-50-Go back and tell John what you have just seen and heard.

Genesis 11-This is the story of Terah.

Psalm 5-Every morning you’ll hear me at it again.

Genesis 1.1-5-The earth was barren, with no form of life…But the Spirit of God was moving over the water. God said, "I command light to shine!" And light started shining.

Luke 2.36-38-Night and day she served God in the temple by praying and often going without eating.

Psalm 98-Tell everyone on this earth to sing happy songs in praise of the LORD.

"I ate a piece of cheese. Then there it went!"—A friend at work- I had told him about using Fixadent to hold a temporary cap in place after it has fallen out. He went to the store and bought the Fixadent. Then just before using it he ate a piece of cheese and his temporary cap too! – So – here is someone telling a story of a life event- just what Jesus told John’s disciples to do also- go back and tell the story- see how I am healing, forgiving and loving people- tell John the story of what you have just seen and heard. I must do the same- I see and hear Jesus every day in my life- I must go back and tell- I come to God each morning- Every morning He will hear me at it again. But I also must at this time see and hear God- then go back and tell—think of all the stories in the Bible- This is the story of Terah- father of Abram- the beginning of a wonderful story of a people- and that story continues today through me- I am an adopted child of the family of Abram—who knows for sure- maybe I’m a direct descendant??—and then even further back than that- when the world was barren- God sent light- Light- Word- Flesh- Jesus- a story – a wonderful story of life- God created life and sustains it every day with his loving care and grace- and how do I respond?—Look at Anna- waiting to see the Light- the Flesh- the Word- night and day serving God- praying- and finally telling everyone on this earth to sing happy songs in praise of the Light- the Flesh- the Word- in joy and love. "I ate a piece of cheese. Then there it went!" – What a story I have to tell!

Prayer- Lord, thank you for such a wonderful loving story to tell- I’ll go back right now and tell the others! Thanks be to God! -- Amen

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

January 4th People Reflections

Wednesday 1/4/2006

Luke 7.1-17-When Jesus saw her, his heart broke, He said to her, "Don’t cry."…They were quietly worshipful—and then noisily grateful

Genesis 8-10-From them nations developed all across the Earth after the flood.

Psalm 4-For you, GOD, have put my life back together.

Psalm 29-Pray that our LORD will make us strong and give us peace.

John 1.6-9-The true light that shines on everyone was coming into the world.

Psalm 19-Worshiping the Lord is sacred; he will always be worshiped.

"In history today Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church."- A little tidbit fact presented in the Morning Meeting at work. Kicked out- gone- history- well not really- because history was made with this act and things have changed because of it- Like the life of the widow woman whose son had died- Jesus raised that son back to life – the life of the boy-the life of the mother- and history changed because of an act of God- Jesus has compassion for us- and then we worship- and then we realize how blessed we are and then we are noisily grateful—After the flood- quiet in the boat – anticipation- what is next from God- then healing and a new fresh world- nations develop and life continues- God does put my life back together just like that- through pain- through illness- through struggles- he leads me in life- leads me with his true light- not my failed light- but the light of Christ leads me- gives me peace and strength when I need it- just at the right time- when I can’t figure it out- I know that Jesus is there to guide me. How will I respond to this great grace of love and life? I worship my sacred Lord – he will always be worshiped. "In history, today, Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church."- But God worked even this struggle for blessing – we will worship God!

Prayer-Lord, today I worship you and praise you and love you. -- Amen

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

January 3rd People Reflections

Tuesday 1/3/2006

Luke 6.27-49-Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!

Genesis 6-7-After forty days Noah opened the window that he had built into the ship.

Psalm 3-Real help comes from God.

Psalm 72-Let peace and justice rule every mountain and hill.

Luke 2.21-And they named him Jesus

"All the work orders from 2005 are closed."- Standing work orders used to charge time to in the past- now closed- time to put in new work orders for 2006- a new start- Noah was waiting for a new start too- after forty days stuck in a boat with a bunch of animals and a few people- he was waiting for a new start- imagine the smell! – he opened the window he had built into the ship- God opens the window for me- the one he built into my heart- and he comes in- and they named him Jesus- he saves! – God comes into my heart and gives me the real help I need- because it can’t be about me in the center- it must be about Jesus at the center- he centers himself in me and I center myself in him- in his church Jesus is the center- he will be the one to let peace and justice rule the church and the earth- "All the work order from 2005 are closed." – That’s a good thing- it’s time to start fresh with a new year and look to the center in Jesus.

Prayer- Lord as I look to you at the center of your church center yourself in me in this new year of love and service to you. -- Amen

Monday, January 02, 2006

January 2nd People Reflections

Monday 1/2/2005

Luke 6.1-26-His disciples were pulling off heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands to get rid of the chaff, and eating them.

Genesis 3-5-What if he now should reach out and take fruit from the Tree-of-Life and eat, and live forever?

Psalm 2-But if you make a run for God-you won’t regret it!

Isaiah 60.1-6-The glory of the LORD shines brightly on you.

Genesis 2.10-15-From Eden a river flowed out to water the garden, then it divided into four rivers.

Psalm 104.1-5, 14-28-and you feed each one with your own hand, until they are full.

"The two center candles went out."- Sarah seeing that the each center candle in two groupings of three had went out on the altar. Well- I had to say something- so I figured the center candle was for Jesus and told her they left for Egypt. Made me think back to that tree in the center of the garden. We tend to think only of the tree that Adam and Eve ate from- but there is this tree also there – the Jews represented this tree with the menorah- in the temple- but I like to think of it as the cross- and God didn’t want us to eat of it’s fruit- I think today I eat of it’s fruit each time I take communion- that fruit of the body and blood- the bread and wine of Jesus my salvation- God wanted his Son to die for me way back then- before I even knew I needed it and before I even existed- and realizing this – I want to make a run for God- see him and run to him and hold him and love him just like a small child who is lost would run to a parent in site- I want to feel the light and warmth of Jesus shine brightly on me- on my face and in my heart- I want to quench my thirst from those gracious baptismal waters that flow from that stream that feeds the Garden of Eden- I want to eat the bread from God’s hand until I’m full- I wonder if the disciple felt this joy on that Sabbath long ago when they were allowed to pull the heads of grain, rub the grain in their hands to get rid of the chaff and to eat? – "The two center candles went out."- It was true- but I think instead of leaving for Egypt – those flames left to burn in the center of our hearts the love and life and grace of a child born in the center- feeding and sustaining all life. Giving life- right from the center.

Prayer-Lord, burn you flame in my heart this day and give me life- right from the center of me and my world. -- Amen

Sunday, January 01, 2006

January 1st People Reflection

Sunday 1/1/2006

Luke 5.27-39-Jesus said, "Come along with me." And he did-walked away from everything and went with him.

Genesis 1-2-The Tree-of-Life was in the middle of the garden…

Psalm 1-…you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. Instead you thrill to GOD’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night.

Luke 2.15-21-Everything they had seen and heard was just as the angel said.

John 1.1-4-In the beginning was the one who is called the Word.

Psalm 90-Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.

"The message isn’t sending!"- Sarah sending a New Years text to friends- waiting till just the right time to send it- but the message delayed- it wouldn’t send as she had planned. I suppose it eventually went through-not sure though. I guess only the recipients know that for sure. Makes me think of the message God has for me- that message I must center on- that message to come with him- to walk away from everything and just go- that message of the Tree of Life in the center of the garden. I read that in Genesis and think and wonder if that tree in the center of the garden- in the center of my life- in the center of Luther’s Rose of faith isn’t the cross- did God create that cross right from the start and put it in the center of the garden- the center of paradise- there’s something to chew on day and night- that mystery of God- how awesome he really is- how loving he is- how he can take care of me before I even exist or even am aware that I need taken care of by placing a cross – a Tree-of-Life in the center of the garden from the beginning- no wonder the shepherds came back and said that everything was just as the angel had said- God already had the plan to save us in place before Jesus was even born- he had that cross – that Tree-of-Life placed in the center of the garden from the get go- In the beginning was one who is called the Word- there it is again- that Word is Christ- in the beginning- and my salvation was taken care of in the beginning – God teaches me- will I believe?- Will I trust God?- Will I see that Tree-of-Life- that tree that heals- that tree that saves- I believe and I trust in God- the one who saved me before I even knew I needed it-"The message isn’t sending!"—Oh yea?- that message was sent even before you made it! Thanks be to God! – Happy New Year- Happy New Life!!

Prayer-Lord thank you for transcending time and sending love on a Tree-of-Life- I believe and trust in you. -- Amen