Entertaining Strange Angels

Renewing Your Mind

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. ESV Hebrews 13:2

At prayer time tonight, Chris and I were discussing the encounters we have with people throughout the day. He had a rough day with some of his interactions at work, and I had two of my three appointments cancel on me. While tempted to get frustrated with people, we encouraged each other that every interaction with people is an interaction with someone created in the image of God, marred by sin, and loved by Christ. His difficult interactions with coworkers were interactions with sinners in need of the gospel. My interactions with people cancelling appointments were interactions with sinners in need of the gospel (actually one was supposed to come by and film their baptism testimony…this sinner had encountered the gospel!). Our interaction together encouraged us each to continue to love each…

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Mercy and Not Sacrifice

7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” 9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges … Continue reading Mercy and Not Sacrifice

Let Light Be Your Day!

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Every day the sun comes up and the sun goes down and so we have what is called day so… where did the word “day” come from? The word day was given to the first day when God said, “Let there be light” and He called the light day, but interestingly enough, the first day wasn’t a sun litten day, it was a light litten day (the physical/material sun was made on the forth day).

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Treasured Hopelessness

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~ Written by Cassie Rayl

I’ve experienced seasons which left me seemingly drowning in hopelessness. I knew my Savior was Jesus Christ. I knew my eternity was secure in Him. I knew the Truth of the Gospel. But despite that knowledge, I felt weighed down, pointless and distraught. I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Those were not fun times. They aren’t necessarily seasons I enjoy remembering. However, I still find myself wandering back to those memories and pondering what I learned despite my less-than-desirable emotions and circumstances.

The reality was, my hopeless, and seemingly pointless, season taught me to fall to my knees. The anguish in my heart forced me to not only darken the door of the Throne Room, but to run and fall into the arms of my Heavenly Father. In those seasons of hopelessness, I needed my Creator-Savior in a way I…

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Sex as Worship

Renewing Your Mind

Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with love! Song of Solomon 5:1

Many commentators feel the author of the line above is actually God, encouraging Solomon and his bride to take their fill of sexual intimacy in their marriage. This shouldn’t seem as a surprise to us, as the New Testament is abundantly clear that the marriage bed is undefiled (Heb 13:4), and Paul’s admonition to not be apart for long (unless it be for prayer–1 Cor 7:5). In fact, we had a running joke in our newlywed small group that sex was actually worship. It wasn’t so much of a joke as it was a practical application of Scripture!

I hope this encourages you that our spiritual formation should be fun! Jesus came to give us life and to give it to the full. Wouldn’t it make sense that something that can be as awesome as sex would have…

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Rejoicing Together Always

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Rejoicing Together AlwaysPhilippians 1:18-21 (ESV) What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

The text came in long after I was sleeping from our daughter at summer camp. She shared her experience and all the enthusiasm that I have come to expect from the “mountaintop” times hidden away with God and a bunch of young people. I cannot imagine a place in time without cellphones but they don’t need them…

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The Sparrow

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For the sparrows that feature in this week’s gospel reading. This poem was first published by the Collegeville Institute’s Bearings. Coincidentally, today I fly to Collegeville.



I

Sparrow is packing heat.
He has taken up residence
atop a propane burner on the deck,
building his family into their nest;
an outrageously flammable construct.

We hold our fire,
keep our distance,
while sparrow, careless, kicks back.
Is this bald-faced contingency a design flaw, or
the conceit of a bird-brained genius?

II

Sparrow’s out foraging.
Tiny unseen beaks sing
improbably loudly
their repetitious repertoire
of faith, hope, and hunger
to the father.

III

Sparrow stakes his claim to the feeder
which I had bought, and filled, and hung;
beneath his scolding, I beat a retreat.
Unabashed, he faces down the scarlet cardinal;
unchastened by the chattering squirrel,
careless of the black-wigged crow,
the bold, brown ragamuffin knows his place,
beautiful in…

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Awesome is My God

Always will I sing praises to my God, With my lips, I'll give thanks to the Lord. Everything He does is worthy of praise, So many are the things my God does for me. Only He can meet my needs, My provision is in the Almighty. Even in the hardest times, I'll worship Him, I … Continue reading Awesome is My God

Teaching Children To Stand Alone

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Do you know why children love their parents? It’s not because their parents are necessarily better looking or kinder than anyone else. Children love their parents because children have needs and parents meet those needs. I call that “need love.” Do you know why couples have children? I believe they have a need to receive “need” love.

In more simple terms, they have a need to be needed. And that is a God-given need. The little baby has “need” love, and the parents have a “need to be needed” love. That’s the reason there is such a wonderful bond right away.

But sooner or later, a child grows out of that “need” love. There comes a natural time when the child does not need the parent like he or she formerly did. And it’s the job of parents to help their children be able to stand alone. To the degree…

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