Pentecost Sunday

I didn’t shut off the recording until after a hymn. Sorry.

For some reason, as Tom spoke this morning I thought of the covenant God made with Abram (Abraham) when the smoking fire pot and flaming torch passed between the pieces of offering Abram brought. When I heard the words “tongues as of fire, which parted (or divided) and came to rest on each one of them” somehow prompted the memory of Abraham’s covenant story found in Genesis chapter 15. I’m not sure if there is a connection. Is the flaming torch and the tongues as of fire the same?

Enjoy Tom’s Pentecost sermon.

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Ancillary

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“Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.” John 13:5

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5

I learned a new word while I was in Portland this last trip. The word: ancillary. (Am I showing my ignorance by sharing this?) Elizabeth took me to a play of Beauty and the Beast which was being performed close to her house and she kept talking about how wonderful the ancillary actors were. Well, after looking up ancillary, I discovered that I was an ancillary for Irene and Jeff this last trip and Noah was my ancillary shadow. If I said I was going to do some yoga streaches, he grabbed the yoga mat. If I wanted to clean the kitchen, he went to get a little vaccumn. He listened to what I said and helped as best he could. Many times a day, my heart swelled with love for this ancillary.

God, I need to listen to your Word and be the best ancillary I can be. Help me change my “look at me” attitude to a humble, helpful, grateful ancillary.

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Oh, what scripture should I use? Silas, Noah and I talk about the gospel reading every morning during breakfast. The boys have their mouths full, so I’m doing most of the talking. Still, I like this practice.  I wish I had taken time to establish this habit with our girls when they were young and eating breakfast at our table. I pray every day that His Word plants deep and solid in their lives. Instead of starting this blog with words from God’s book of Life, enjoy a few videos of my life this last month.

All of these videos are unlisted, so I hope you can only watch them from this blog site. Shucks…I see a share button on these. Does that mean, people could send them on? I might need to experiment with that. Enjoy watching, but I trust you won’t share.

 

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Enough

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“I look to the hills. Where comes my strength? My strength comes from the Lord, creator of heaven and earth.”  Psalm 121: 1&2

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If you get closer to the yellow in the above picture, this is what you see. My friend Pam and I went to Halfway recently and she took these pictures. I love watching these Arrow Root flowers do the Jitter Bug on the hillside.

“Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal…….This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.” John 6:27 & 29

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. My “to do” list is too long. Then John, in today’s scripture (Monday, May 6) talks about work. So, I’m taking a break. Instead of my “to do” list, I’m resting, writing, and sharing pictures with you. As I look at the hillside of beautiful Arrow Root dancing in the wind, I can’t help but be reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:28 &29: “Why are you anxious ….Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.”

As I thought about the scripture from John, I went looking for this verse from Proverbs that talks about “enough” money. Couldn’t it also be applied to enough busy tasks?

“Two things I ask of you, do not deny them to me before I die: Put falsehood and lying far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; provide me only with the food I need; Lest, being full, I deny you, saying, “Who is the Lord?” Or, being in want, I steal, and profane the name of my God.” Proverbs 30:7-9

Yes, Lord, I don’t want to be poor where all I think about is having enough to be comfortable and plotting ways to accomplish what I think I need. On the other hand, I don’t want to be so comfortable that I don’t remember that everything I have, you have given to me. Then there is the “falsehood” part of this Proverbs verse. Are addictions caused because of false thinking? Enough. I’ll ponder the falsehood part another day. Today, I’ll think about my “to do” list and visit with you personally as to why I’m anxious.

 

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Mercy Sunday…2019…..mercy and peace

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“So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” John 20:21?

Peace. What steals our peace? What causes us anxiety, worry? Who stirs the soul toward or away from the peace Jesus talks about? Is there a spot, a certain location, that promotes Jesus’ peace? Is there an issue or situation that steals Jesus’ peace? Jesus says the world’s peace is not the same as His peace. What is the difference? Last Sunday, Father Manuel, at Roseburg’s St. Joseph church, said experiencing God’s mercy and having a relationship with Jesus is the key to understanding this peace Jesus is talking about.

Father Manuel started his homily with this story:

There is a story about a priest and a soap maker who were friends. One day while taking a walk in the city, the soap maker asked his friend, “what possible good can religion be? After thousands of years of preaching goodness, truth, and peace, look at all the misery and sin in the world. If religion is supposes to be so beneficial for people, who should this be?”
For awhile, the priest said nothing in reply. Shortly, they came to a school yard where some children were playing in the dirt. They were covered with dust. The priest then spoke up, “See those kids. You say that soap makes people clean, but still those children are dirty. I wonder how effective soap is after all.”
The soap maker protested, “But, Father, soap is of no value unless people use it”. Precisely, replied the priest. “And so it is with religion”. Faith and religion are empty unless we put them into practice.

God provides, but we must accept His mercy and seek His presence in our lives.

Last night I read a story about a young man who considered suicide because of depression where darkness was becoming too painful. I think Father Manuel’s sermon would have caused this man, who had gone to church as a child with his family, feelings of guilt and failure. He needed help. Christ IS the key to peace, but sometimes people need to experience Christ’s peace with the help from a doctor’s prescriptions. Sometimes Christ’s peace comes after confession and experiencing God’s mercy. Sometimes a visit with a counselor will help us work through addictions and harmful habits before Christ’s peace can be experienced.

After writing this last paragraph, I wonder if those who don’t want a relationship with Jesus would say….”using a doctor, talking with professionals, asking forgiveness can all be accomplished without Jesus or the use of religion.” My response: God can use all things he has created for His purpose of bringing us healing. Besides, complete healing can only come when we trust the one who knows us better than we know ourselves. The one who created us.

Lord, give me wisdom to seek only your peace (not the world’s peace) and encourage those I meet to do the same.

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Earth Day 2019

I spent my day cleaning. Isn’t that a fine activity for Earth Day? Unfortunately, it was inside my house, not outside my door. Even though the quote, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” is not in the Bible, the Bible does indicate that being clean is a sign of spiritual purity and goodness. The Bible also talks about being a good steward. Does cleaning and sorting fall into the category of stewardship? I’m sure an over abundance of “stuff” falls into the category of gluttony.

I’ve been excited about Renewlogy, but I haven’t heard if they have set up a center in Boise yet. If they do, I wish we could send our plastics to them. I’m really tired of putting all this plastic in the garbage that goes to the dump.

This news clip was made last year, February 2018.  There are more YouTube clips about this company if you want to search. Interesting stuff to make our earth a better place.

 

 

 

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Resurrection Day….2019

My celebration this year was busy and quiet. I saw a lot of people at Sunrise Breakfast, Methodist Church and Catholic Church, but my house was quiet.

I’m pondering Tom’s story of the auction and the painting of the son……”he who takes the son, gets it all”.  I had read this story before, but hearing it told aloud made a difference.

Enjoy a portion of a Billie Graham sermon I found on Youtube.  He Is Alive

 

 

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