Saturday, January 9, 2021

January 12 Women With Jesus

Newly released Study Notes  01 12 21

In researching Scripture for our Bible study on Women In Scripture, I was absolutely amazed at the relationship Jesus had with women, and how devoted they were to him.  No wonder.  He did not judge, rather, he forgave and encouraged.  I would like to share the following references in which Jesus interacted with a woman, and have us take note of (1) her relationship with Jesus, if any; and (2) What happened afterwards.

The Canaanite Woman (Mt 15:22-28)
Peter's Mother-in-Law (Lu 4:38-39)
Anna  (Lu 2:36-38)
The Woman at the Well  (Jn 4:4-42)
Dorcas (with Peter)     (Ac 9:36-42)
The Woman at the Pharisee's House  Lu 7:36-48
Mary of Magdala     ( Lu 8:1-8; Mk 16:1; Mt 28:1)
Mary, the Mother of Jesus  (Lu 2:51;  Jo 2:2-5)

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Good Story

A few days ago a Kentucky garbage man noticed no trash cans were being put out at an elderly woman's house on his route for two straight weeks. He was concerned enough to share the address with his supervisor. She found the name of the woman at the address and called her: "Ms. Smith, we noticed you haven't put out your cans for a while. Are you ok?" Ms. Smith replied: "I'm ok. But my caretaker was so afraid of the virus that she stopped coming. I can't get to the store. I don't have any trash because I've run out of food. And I don't have any family to help me." After a long pause, the caller said: "You do now. We are your family."

She let her truck driver know of the sad news. The next day, on his day off, he knocked on her door and asked her to make up a grocery list. "Ms. Smith— the list is too short." She added a few more items. "Ms. Smith, this list is still too short. Would you mind if I looked into your fridge?" She relented. He opened the fridge and it was bare. Empty.

An hour later, he brought in dozens of bags of groceries for a woman he hardly knew.

Tears. An air-hug that met social distancing protocol. And the garbage man walked out of the house of this woman who was physically immobile, but levitating. A garbage man decided he'd reach out to someone and church broke out. His supervisor shared the creed with this elderly woman: "You have a family now."

I miss our services of worship. I miss that it's silent now. I'm sick to my stomach we had to push back are start-back date to gather.

But church? Church is happening all around us. It's a phone-call. It's a bag of groceries. It happens anytime someone tells another person who is Jesus in his best disguise: "You have a family now." Real church is not defined by a service of worship, but by servants of Christ.

Keep being church. That's all you have to do.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Psalm 92:12-15

12 The righteous will spring up like a palm tree. They will grow strong like a cedar of Lebanon.

13 Those who have been replanted in the Lord's house will spring up in the courtyards of our God.

14 They will bear fruit even when old and gray;they will remain lush and fresh

 15 in order to proclaim:"The Lord is righteous. He's my rock.There's nothing unrighteous in him."


Friday, May 1, 2020

Psalm 49:1-7. Common English Bible (CEB)

1  Listen to this, all you people! Listen closely, all you citizens of the world-

  people of every kind, rich and poor alike!

  My mouth speaks wisdom;  my heart's meditation is full of insight.

  I will pay close attention to a proverb; I will explain my riddle on the lyre.

  Why should I be afraid in times of  trouble, when the wrongdoing of my bullies  engulfs me—

  those people who trust in their fortunes and boast of their fantastic wealth?

  Wealth? It can't save a single person!  It can't pay a life's ransom-price to God.

January 12 Women With Jesus

Newly released Study Notes  01 12 21 In researching Scripture for our Bible study on Women In Scripture, I was absolutely amazed at the re...