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Mar
23
12:00 AM00:00

Isaiah 5:1-7, Yielding Good Fruit

Key Verse

What more was there to do for my vineyard
that I have not done in it?
When I expected it to yield grapes,
why did it yield wild grapes?
— Isaiah 5:4

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, March 23, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

If your day is filled with work and to-do lists, you’ll relate with today’s text for the RCL daily devotion. What Isaiah was prophesying to God’s people is that it’s not just that they had a job to do, they were asked also to put some effort into that job to produce a quality yield to God in heaven.

It’s never easy when you become complacent to get to the “good enough” stage. Taking time to do something right takes effort! It’s hard!

But thanks be to God that we have one who cares for us to give us the gifts we need to make a real difference.

What ways do you push yourself to give the best that you can?

 

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Mar
22
12:00 AM00:00

Revelation 3:1-6, Wake Up, There's Work to be Done

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Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is at the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God.
— Rev. 3:2

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, March 22, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

If you’ve ever had the experience when you’re out driving and you’re afraid you’re going to fall asleep, you know how terrifying—and totally frustrating—that feeling can be. It doesn’t seem to matter what you do to make the feeling that you’re nodding off go away either! I’ve tried opening the windows in the depth of winter, screaming at the top of my lungs, slapping myself. Nothing seems to work.

The only thing that my body wants to do is to sleep, even if it’s a little cat nap.

Sometimes, I break through the episode. Most times, I have to find somewhere to pull over and close my eyes for 20 minutes, which most often seems to do the trick.

Isn’t our faith life like this sometimes, too. Sometimes we become tired and complacent and the only thing to bring us back to the message of truth is simply doing God’s work in the best way that we can.

Even then, it’s so easy to fall asleep at the wheel.

God, grant me the strength and endurance to listen to your voice, but what’s more, to do your will. Amen.

 

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Mar
21
12:00 AM00:00

Daniel 3:19-30, A Hot Furnace, A Devoted Faith

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Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that utters blasphemy against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins; for there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way.’
— Daniel 3:29

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, March 21, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Sometimes a biblical text is so good on its own, I am at a loss as what to write in a daily devotion. Today’s reading is one such example. It’s a great story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and their appointment with a nice and toasty oven.

Here’s a great rendition from my all-time favorite singer Johnny Cash. The song’s called “The Fourth Man.” (And gosh, YouTube is just. so. great.)

The thing that is amazing to me about this story is not so much the fantastical things that happen in it, it’s that those who were unwilling to bend their ways, even on pain of death, because they meant that much to them.

We can only hope to live in their same conviction, no?

 

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Mar
20
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Luke 13:22-31, On Being Saved

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Someone asked him, ‘Lord, will only a few be saved?’
— Luke 13:23a

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, March 20, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Maybe because I just have an inherent allergy to evangelical or overly-fundamentalist language, but I really dislike the term “saved.” But, Jesus himself used the language. What do you do with that?

And what do you do with the fact that Jesus himself stated that people will call upon the Lord, stating all the things they have done in that name, and God will only reply “I did not know you”?

It’s fear-inducing, isn’t it?! And God’s not about fear, is God?

Again, when you read anything in scripture it’s important to know the original context in which the statement was made. In this context in Luke, Jesus is confronting those who believe themselves to be self-justified. Those leaning on the grace of God, and through faith, I interpret as automatically being in the family.

Only when a person directly confronts and rebels the Holy Spirit, believing themselves without the need for saving will discover that, oops, maybe I didn’t go about this the right way.

God wants us to live in confidence of God’s grace, not as an excuse to sin and go against God, but that we might know that we will always be counted among God’s children. We will already be “saved” because it is God who does the saving.

Expand my understanding of your grace, O Lord, teach me your paths, that I might not run astray and believe I can do it on my own. Amen.

 

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Mar
19
12:00 AM00:00

1 Corinthians 10:1-13, On Being Tested

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No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
— 1 Cor. 10:13

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, March 19, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

I’m not certain God deliberately makes the effort to set challenges in front of us to test us. But I am certain that we will experience things in our lives that will test our faith.

Daily, people struggle not only to make ends meet, but to find not only a purpose and meaning for life, but also a way to alleviate life’s inevitable suffering. I know that there have been challenges I have had to overcome in the past.

Today’s devotional scripture does provide us some comfort, knowing that we will never be tested beyond anything that God can also provide for us. It’s easy to write light and fluffy platitudes, especially that many of us have never had to experience the horrors people throughout history have gone through. For one example, you only have to look at the Holocaust.

Were these people “tested” by God? No. I don’t believe so. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t believe a loving God would intentionally make people go through such horrors.

So, I’m conflicted. But I know that struggles will always be accompanied by an equally loving God. And that, at least, provides me some comfort.

What about you? Do you believe that God will never test you beyond also offering us a way out so that you can endure?

 

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Mar
18
12:00 AM00:00

Romans 4:1-12, Luther's Succor

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For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.’
— Romans 4:2-3

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, March 18, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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The first chapters of Romans served as an “AHA” moment for Martin Luther, the church reformer. The struggle was whether God was a forgiving God and how one is made righteous only through faith.

Here’s a great preview from the 2003 movie that dealt with this whole subject…

Trailer for the 2003 film, "Luther" A biopic story about the German monk who's disagreements with Church sanctioned indulgence-sellers shook the very foundations of the Western Church.

Today, I think that many people have little awareness or concern over the historical argument that formed the entire Lutheran reformation.

But the jots and tittles we read in Romans still do have relevance today… they offer a glimpse into how God considers people righteous and how we connect with the Father and Mother of All. Faith is the key. Simple belief that God works God’s faith in and through the person of Jesus!

Thank you, God, for witnesses like Martin Luther, and for Paul who wrote the Letter to the Romans, that we might see that what matters to you is the faith you have given us freely. Amen.

 

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Mar
17
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Luke 13:31-35, Jesus—More Than a Prophet

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Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!
— Luke 13:34

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, March 17, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: Jesus was more than a prophet – his divinity brought his words to life.

One of my latest guilty pleasures is binge-watching shows about cults. I’ve been watching “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” and “Escaping Polygamy.” There are so many fascinating and compelling things about these cults. One of the most disturbing is the incredible charismatic draw of the cults’ leaders. These “prophets” draw some incredibly devoted followers. But the kinds of things these prophets demand of their followers is, frankly, abhorrent, abusive, controlling, and disgusting. I am absolutely riveted by the stories of people who let the abuses happen because they believe their eternal souls depend on it.

When Jesus arrived on the scene, people didn’t know what to make of him. They wondered if he might be the prophet, John, raised from the dead. They thought he might be a reincarnation of their ancient prophet, Elijah. Maybe he was a brand-new prophet sent by God. Herod had heard of Jesus and was terrified of what his words might stir up. He plotted to have him killed.

But Jesus was not the kind of prophet that any had seen before. Yes, his words would stir things up. But they would also bring justice, peace, hope, and love to a weary people.

The main difference between Jesus’ voice and the others (besides the obvious, that Jesus was divine), was, and is the content of Jesus’ message. While the prophets traditionally (and the false prophets of today) spoke of hellfire and damnation, consequences for misbehaving, control, and blind obedience, Jesus spoke of freedom, acceptance, generosity, gratitude, forgiveness, and love. What a vastly different message! This is how I try to discern the voices today. Are the voices demanding conformity, intolerance, or elitism? Or are the voices inviting surrender, acceptance, and love? If I apply these filters, the voices become less difficult to discern.

 

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Mar
16
12:00 AM00:00

Matthew 23:37-39, Jerusalem Abandons the Righteous Path

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See, your house is left to you, desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” ’
— Matthew 23:38-39

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, March 16, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Like a ship left “high and dry,” Jerusalem abandoned listening to God’s Word. The Bible makes it clear, though, that it wasn’t just the Jewish people who did this, it’s that the whole human experience is one of not paying attention to the things that matter in life.

A question I ask myself daily is: “What matters to you?” If you want to see what matters to a person, look at 1) where they spend their money, and; 2) how they spend their time.

For me, this can be indicting, because I often get my priorities mixed up.

Thanks be to God for second chances, and the grace offered to us all through a forgiving, yet firm, God.

Where are your priorities today? How can you better clarify your priorities?

 

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Mar
15
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Philippians 3:17-20, When the Belly Guides You

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[T]heir god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame...
— Phillippians 3:19

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, March 15, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Have you ever been hungry? Well, of course you have. It’s not the best of feelings. There is a drive, albeit a God-given drive, so that you fill your body with enough calories to sustain your life for another day.

These instincts are all God-given. Yet instinct sometimes goes awry, doesn’t it? Much of the ethical and moral expositions we read in the Bible deal with the fact that human beings are driven by our instincts and desires so much that they become a problem. That’s not being moralistic or mean, it’s just the truth.

What’s the escape? Well, it certainly isn’t complete asceticism! I’m not ready to become a monk. But I do believe any of us can follow the path God has laid out for us, but it takes a disciplined soul to know that we cannot do it alone.

As a person in long-term recovery from depression and alcoholism, I know how difficult this can be. In fact, what I’ve learned in recovery is that you cannot do it yourself. I have needed a higher power to make sense in my life and for me to remain sober. And I’ve also needed the support from others who understand my problem.

The gift of our faith and our faith communities is that we can provide checks and balances for each other to live for God and not let our appetites run amok.

What ways does your “appetite” get in the way with your spiritual development?

 

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Mar
14
12:00 AM00:00

Psalm 27, The Level Path

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Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path...
— Psalm 27:11

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, March 14, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Living in Eastern Montana for several years taught me several things. One thing was that there is a reason why Montana is called “Big Sky Country.” Much of the land stretches out to the horizon most anywhere you go. The second thing it taught me was the power of perspective—anywhere you drive, you eventually see a minor chain of the Rocky Mountains somewhere in the distance.

When a road is flat, it’s easy to walk. Walking uphill takes effort, energy to make the climb. What most people don’t realize is that walking DOWN can be almost as draining, because the energy required to walk down and not fall down the hills is nothing to sneeze at.

Today’s scripture reminds us that God’s Word is the level path. In the long run, it’s the easy way. For Jesus himself said that his "yoke is light.” So often, though, we feel that what we think is the easier way (that is, NOT following God’s Word) actually is not easy at all for the trouble it causes us.

Many thanks to you, O God, for level paths and straight roads to your heavenly mansion. Amen.

 

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Mar
13
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Luke 21:34-22:6, Jesus Speaks—People Listen . . . But Do They Hear?

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Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called. And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple.
— Luke 21:38-39

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, March 13, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Considering Jesus’ popularity during the time he walked and taught on earth, don’t you find it strange that they killed him? I, for one, would have a hard time getting up early in the morning to go and listen to anyone! But the people—his kin—made the effort to listen what this new, radical preacher had to say. Since he taught with such authority and simply (through stories, parables), one wonders how everything went sideways the week prior to his execution on a cross.

But maybe it’s no different than anyone who speaks the truth and who wants to upset the apple cart. The apple cart is nice because it supplies us with fresh, juicy apples. We even let it go knowing that the apple vendor charges a bit too much. But once someone comes and turns the cart over, we wonder how we’ll feed our families.

Jesus didn’t simply give us niceties to post on a calendar as encouragement and wisdom. Jesus was a radical who wanted God’s reign here on earth.

And more often than not, that takes someone who upsets everything. Do we listen, but do not hear the real message God is giving us today? Perhaps there are carts that need overturning today.

Will you be willing to change so much in your life that it’s not just inconvenient for you, but wholly life-changing for the sake of justice?

 

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Mar
12
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Zechariah 3:1-10, The Servant the Branch

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Now listen, Joshua, high priest, you and your colleagues who sit before you! For they are an omen of things to come: I am going to bring my servant the Branch.
— Zechariah 3:8

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, March 12, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

I had to look the subject up for today’s daily devotion. It never fails to amaze me how often I read new things in holy scripture, but perhaps that’s the way the Infinite One works—sending us new wisdom through old texts, allowing us once again to see with new eyes.

I couldn’t figure out what the writer for the Prophet Zechariah was referring to when mentioning the “Branch.” So, I did like most modern biblical armchair scholars do; I went to Google.

As it turns out, the Old Testament prophets Ezra, Nehemiah, and Haggai were largely concerned with the repatriation of the Jews from Babylon, and consequently the reconstruction of Jerusalem and its temple, which would be led by the high priest, Jeshua, and the governor of Judah and descendant of David, Zerubbabel. Basically, from my understanding, Zechariah is referring to another prophet to deliver a similar message and bring about the restoration.

How does this relate to us today? I’m not sure it does, at least directly. But what it does tell us is that change is often brought about by many players, all working together toward similar goals. Many of our faith communities today are like this—churches have members, different leaders and pastors, and committees that function more or less to serve the mission of the church. Community, it seems, has always been a dominate theme within the human experience.

Thank you, God, for the “branches.” The different people with different gifts to bring about your grace in a world hungry for your message of love. Amen.

 

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Mar
11
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1 John 2:1-6, We Have an Advocate

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My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
— 1 John 2:1-2

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, March 11, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

It’s a bit odd, but it’s true. The word that the author of 1 John uses for advocate (Gk. Paraclete) can be best described as a “lawyer.” If we had to enumerate all of the lawyer jokes that exist, and narrowed them down to only the lawyer jokes that mention heaven or hell, my guess is that we would still have well over several thousand jokes.

But all joking aside, our advocate is the one who had given himself for us, Jesus Christ.

You see, where the Evil One only accuses (in fact, one of Satan’s names is “the accuser”), the advocate magnifies our good works, and speaks of our beauty as children of God. That is the gift of the Holy Spirit, that we might live within the freedom that this offers us. We perhaps do deserve only condemnation, but through our savior, we have salvation and the good gift of faith.

What do you think that scripture uses an allegory of legal language to describe our relationship with God?

 

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Luke 4:1-13, Jesus in the Wilderness

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Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness
— Luke 4:1

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, March 10, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: Jesus’ suffering was real, and it gave him a unique perspective on what it meant to be human.

This is such a familiar story, it can be easy to think that Jesus, being God, was not really all that tempted to disobey God and follow Satan. But I think Jesus was tempted beyond anything most of us have ever experienced. Think about it – Jesus hadn’t eaten for 40 days when he realized (or was prompted) that he could turn stone into bread. I imagine the debate going on in his mind was excruciating! It probably went something like this...

“I am literally starving! What good could I do if I die of starvation? Just a small morsel would go a long way. No one will know because no one is watching. But – I’ll know. God will know. This hunger will not last forever. One way or another, I will either starve to death or my time of trial will end, and I will eat. And when I do, I will never again be a slave to the human need for food, for I know I can survive starvation. I can focus my attention on the things of God, not on the things of human need.”

Jesus’ divinity didn’t necessarily ease his suffering. He still existed in a human body on a human planet. Whatever was going on in Jesus’ head, I am quite certain the whole experience was physically painful and emotionally draining. But Jesus got through it.

And Satan never did win.

 

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Mar
9
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Seasons for Everything

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For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven
— Ecclesiastes 3:1

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, March 9, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

My parents have become the colloquial “snowbirds” of the Midwest. Their summer residence is in Minnesota, where I live and where they can still visit their grandchildren in an afternoon. In wintertime, they live down in Florida (which is great for our family when we need the sun!)

What’s interesting when I go down to Florida is that they, too, have seasons—they’re just much more subtle and not as pronounced as the seasons in the North Country.

Life, too, has seasons. We have good things happen, and bad. We experience the joyful and the sad. We welcome new friends and members of our families, yet we also say goodbye. The human experience is filled with dichotomies, opposites really, of any one experience.

It is a comfort knowing that God is there throughout them all. God is there rejoicing with us. And God, too, cries when we are sad.

It’s no wonder that today’s reading for this daily devotion so often is selected to be read at funerals. It makes sense. It’s also a good reminder to never take God for granted.

After all, God does not take each of us for granted. God is there, through every season, and every change.

Holy Mother in Heaven, I thank you that you are present through each and every season of change. Amen.

 

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Mar
8
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Psalm 91:1-2, Our Shelter, Our Refuge, Our Fortress

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You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.’
— Psalm 91:1-2

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, March 8, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Psalm 91 has to be one of my favorite psalms. I think I like it so much because it makes me remember an experience I had when I was in seminary. Before I served as an ELCA pastor in the ELCA, I spent one month at New Melleray Abby in Iowa. It was a profoundly spiritual and restful time I had spent there.

One of the psalms we would sing with the brothers at the monastery was from Psalm 91. We sang it together before we went to sleep for the day. Recalling the words of the psalm even today put my soul at rest and I feel more at ease, as if everything is going to be okay.

And it’s true—everything will be okay, even thought everything really doesn’t seem like it’s okay. Some days, it feels like the world is falling apart. Some days, I feel like a disaster waiting to happen.

Thanks be to God that God is a refuge and fortress for our souls when the storms come.

How does God serve as a fortress or shelter for you when times get bad?

 

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7
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Acts 7:30-34, Early Christian Church Recalls Moses' Experience

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When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to look, there came the voice of the Lord: “I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look.
— Acts 7:31-32

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, March 7, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

I find it interesting that there are so many incidences in holy scripture where one part of scripture is quoting another. Today’s reading is no exception—the early church needed to recall how the God of Jesus Christ was the same God who appeared to Moses in the burning bush.

But, in fact, isn’t the history of any person or organization often put together this way? The point is that we are all interconnected. It’s amazing and rather humbling to believe that, I, too, am connected to these great figures of the Bible. My history and experiences are just as valid as any other “saint.” In the protestant tradition, we recognize that the word “saint” did not apply to people with special juju God-faith powers.

No. In fact, it applied to everyone who believed. Many of the letters of the New Testament start with the opening phrase: “To all the saints…” The Greek word is “hagios” which means “holy one.”

Our histories are interconnected with those in the past and will be connected with those in the future. That certainly is a nice thought.

Thank you, dear God, that you have connected my life with all witnesses of your grace in the past, and that you will connect me with those who have yet to be born. Amen.

 

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Acts 7:30-34

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Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21, Ash Wednesday

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But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
— Matthew 6:6

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RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: We are worthy simply because we exist.

It was common for people in Jesus’ day to express their religious rites and rituals with grand, public gestures. It helped others to know, for example, if someone was in mourning, engaging in purification, or fasting. Others would know how to treat them—either by leaving them alone, or by praising their efforts to appease the Lord. Think of it as similar to a social media post today.

Jesus was having none of it. He didn’t want people to go through the motions of appeasing God. He wanted people to have genuine, authentic relationships with God—the kind that are too intimate to display in public. The kind that change a person from the inside out. The kind that change the way people show up in the world.

For Jesus, people who prayed for praise obtained their reward in the praise the received. But what Jesus desired for people and their relationship with God was worth much more than praise. The prayer Jesus offered simplified how people could pray. It boiled prayer down to the things we need for ourselves, for God, and for others. Praise from others was not on the list.

Ultimately, praise is not a reward that satisfies for long. It requires continual reaffirmation. It demands others recognize us for us to be worthy. Jesus’ prayer recognizes that we are worthy simply because we are. It highlights that all human beings share the same needs (food, clothing, shelter, relationships, and physical, spiritual, and mental health). At the core, none is greater than another.

Jesus’ prayer invites us to find worth, not in the praise of others, but in the love of God. We are worthy simply because we exist. We are loved because we were born from love. We are praised by creation itself because we breathe, eat, sleep, love. Our greatest treasure is not out there. It’s inside us. It’s God.

 

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Cornelius replied, ‘Four days ago at this very hour, at three o’clock, I was praying in my house when suddenly a man in dazzling clothes stood before me. He said, “Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God.
— Acts 10:30-31

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RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Sometimes I wish my experience with the divine would be like those we read about in the Bible. Here were all of these people seeing bright lights, angels, and burning bushes. Cornelius had one such experience and we read about in today’s daily devotion. My experiences often seem so mundane, if anything.

I think the point to remember is that extraordinary religious epiphanies were just as rare back then as they are now. It’s just that we get to read about them in scripture. Since there are so many experiences written down in the Bible, it seems as if that’s the only authentic way to connect with God.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

More often God comes in the “still, small voice” of which we also have a witness of in holy scripture. And no matter what ways we connect with the infinite, the real gift is that they are all authentic.

Lord, thank you for connecting with me daily. Remind me that the everyday, normal experiences are just as valid as the bright dazzling lights.

 

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