Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’

Upperrroom Daily Devotional

January 22, 2013

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Lectionary Scriptures for March 25, 2012 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 19, 2012

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

November 4, 2011

In Matthew 25:1-13 we hear Jesus tell us the parable of the Ten Virgins (bridesmaids) and the Bridal Party.  Jesus again is speaking to the hard hearted, set in their ways, religious authorities.  People who were afraid of the message that Jesus was bringing to them as the Messiah.  Jesus uses this parable because it set a scene that all would recognize.  A bridal party in Israel was something that everyone wanted to be a part of and looked forward to.  Essentially what Jesus is telling the Pharisees and Scribes is that they have come to His party unprepared.  There is no oil in their lamps (Holy Spirit) for the light that will show them the way into Heaven.  Others cannot get that oil (Holy Spirit) for you.  We each and everyone must find the love for God in our own hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to illumine our paths.  When we succumb to the Holy Spirit’s leading ways we then will be able to see through the darkness of this world and go about our lives walking a path alight in God’s love and being a light to others.  We are to be thankful that our God has given us an unlimited supply of oil for our lamps so that we will be ready for that eternity He has promised us.  Our prayer, our study, our meditation and our involvement in the Church will give us more than enough oil through out our lives to give light to our paths and show others the light for their paths.

It was tradition in Jesus’s day to not know when the bridegroom would be coming.  It could be at any time day or night.  One never knew when the bridegroom would send someone out into the streets to announce his coming.  We are to always be ready to hear the call or miss it and be left out in the darkness.

How is the oil level in your lamp?  Our faithfulness in our prayers, study, meditation and Church life are signs of how well we are prepared or even that our lamp is lit.

God’s Peace and Blessings to all,

Randy

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wanderings, Wonderings

October 24, 2011

  I borrowed this picture from Geowalk on my Ipad.  The picture is of a tornado taken from what they called tornado alley.  It made me think about the Thessalonian scriptures and the turmoil that must have been in the churches in Thessalonica. Paul’s words are meant to calm the storm.  Just wondering what people see when they come into your church on Sunday.  Do they get the sense that storm clouds are brewing.

Please read scripture from 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8. It is from last weeks readings. This scripture reminded me of an article I read from my Leadership Bible.  The article talks about Integrity and what it means to have integrity.  I have copied the article below and I hope it tells each of you that it is vitally important for us to be like Paul.  We must talk the talk and walk the walk.  Too many people have used the excuse that there are nothing but hypocrites in Churches today.  While we who are in church recognize that we are imperfect beings, we also know that we need to be working towards perfection.

When we talk about integrity today, we generally use other, closely related terms such as ethics and morality. But a clear understanding of the concept of integrity requires clear thinking about all three words.  Each has a distinct meaning.  When properly used, they bring clarity to a crucial but often misunderstood leadership essential:

Ethics refers to a defined standard of right and wrong; good and evil. It’s what we say we believe and do.

Morality is a lived standard of right and wrong, good and evil. It’s what we actually do.

Integrity means “sound, complete, integrated.” To the extent that a person’s ethic and morality are integrated, that person has integrity. To the extent that a person’s ethics and morality are not integrated, that person lacks integrity.

Lets look at this another way. If John tells you he will lie, cheat and steal from you, he has a low ethic. If he does business that way, he also has a low morality. John is unethical and immoral, but he has integrity-twisted as it may be-because the moral- ity is consistent with the ethic. If John claims to cheat and steal but doesn’t cheat and steal, he is moral in practice but lacks integrity, because his morality doesn’t match the ethic. Think about that a bit.

You can have a high or low ethic. You can be moral or immoral. Your choice.  But if you want to have integrity, you must choose your ethic and live to match it. 

The Bible teaches a high and holy ethic. A person who claims to be a Christian and to live by Biblical standards makes an ethical statement. He or she has committed to a certain morality. For that person to have integrity, then, he or she must live by the Biblical ethic. Jesus makes it unequivocally clear that the worst choice is the hypocritical one.

Lots to think about here.  Have a blessed day and be at peace with who you are knowing that your efforts to grow spiritually will be rewarded based on how much effort you put into that growth.  Meditation + study + prayer = Spiritual Growth.

Randy

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

September 15, 2011

In my last post I mentioned “The Lord’s Prayer” and the forgiveness it requires of us. Please read it, meditate on it and note that Jesus feels it is so important to forgive He explains the forgiveness part.  This scripture was copied from the International Standard Version.

Mat 6:9 “Therefore, this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

Mat 6:10 May your kingdom come. May your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Mat 6:11 Give us today our daily bread,

Mat 6:12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.

Mat 6:13 And never bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

Mat 6:14 For if you forgive people their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Mat 6:15 But if you do not forgive people their offenses, your Father will not forgive your offenses.”

Holding grudges, being spiteful, living a life where you are always ticked off at someone is not the life that brings us closer to God.  Unforgiveness that we hold on to keeps us from growing spiritually and moves us in directions that God does not want us to go.  Jesus knew this and gave us a daily prayer that would remind us of how important forgiveness is to us.  Keep your faith walk in line with the scriptures and your walk will be in line with God’s Kingdom here on earth.

Pray this prayer like you mean it. Not just from rote memory.  Jesus gave it to us because it is important and means something to each of us.

Have a blessed day by making it a day in which you practice forgiveness,

Randy