Saturday, January 9, 2021
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
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
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."
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