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Jul
17
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Colossians 3:1-17, The New Life in Christ

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Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient.
— Colossians 3:5-6

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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

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We all have one in our closet. Admit it, you have one too. It’s one perfect outfit. One article of clothing or an accessory that, when you wear it, makes you feel unstoppable. What is it about that outfit that makes us feel so powerful? For me, my perfect outfit shows the world externally how amazing I feel on the inside. It’s a reflection of my personality. It’s a signal to others that I am confident, happy, approachable, caring, someone they want to know. (Incidentally, it’s currently a flower print sundress.)

Paul knew what he was talking about when he suggested that we clothe ourselves in Christ. When we’re clothed in that perfect outfit, nothing can stop us and we’re a positive influence on the world. When we wear our most sinful selves, it’s like a stain on our perfect outfit. When we clothe ourselves in Christ, the light of Christ shines so brightly from within us – we are most certainly a positive influence on the world when we are wearing Christ!

 

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Jul
16
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1 John 3:11-17, Love One Another

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For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
— 1 John 3:11

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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

Many of us were raised in a narcissistic culture. We may not think so, but the truth is we were bred to look out for ourselves first. We are willing to give, but only if our own needs are met first. We are willing to help, but we expect help in return one day. We proclaim love, but secretly harbor hatred (or at the least, fear, lack of understanding, disdain, or apathy) toward some. 

But Jesus called us to love others. To serve others. To put others before ourselves. But how can we give to others when there isn't enough for us? Interestingly, many who find that they give more than is within their comfort zone quickly become comfortable with giving, joyful even.

Many who help without expectation of appreciation or reciprocation find that the helping is itself rewarding. And those who are willing to open themselves to the "other" find that others are not so different from us after all, and love multiplies.

When we do for others, we do for ourselves, too.

Sometimes we just have to get our priorities straight to notice.

What are your priorities in your daily life? How do you determine and reflect upon them?

 

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Jul
15
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James 2:1-7, Distinctions & Wealth

Key Verse

My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ?
— James 2:1

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, July 15, 2019

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

I find it interesting that the early church struggled with questions about wealth just as much as we do today. Although the reformer Martin Luther thought the Letter to James to be “an epistle of straw,” I do not share the belief that it should have been taken out of the canon of scripture.

I still believe that it has something important to say to us. Namely, that what we do DOES, ultimately, matter to others. It’s not necessarily that our salvation or God’s love for us is at stake. What matters is that people are treated fairly and that we work for the betterment of God’s Reign.

Make me an instrument of your love, O God. Teach me to use my money in ways that make a difference. Amen.

 

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Jul
14
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Luke 10:25-37, Jesus Challenges

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Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’
— Luke 10:25

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, July 14, 2019

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

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Main Idea: Jesus challenges us to love the seemingly unlovable.

This is a great story to show how gray (that is, not black and white) this world truly is. Those of us who have been raised on the story of the Good Samaritan have effectively replaced Samaritan with saint. But the Samaritan wasn’t a saint to the Jews. The Jews had been raised to believe the Samaritans were inferior because they were Jews that had intermarried with non-Jews, so were not pure of blood. This would make them unclean, and likewise it wasn’t a stretch to consider them shady in character as well. This makes the story all the more perplexing when the shady, unclean one gave so much of himself to aid the one he knew hated him. Granted, this was a parable, but the imagery invoked is hard to reconcile.

A friend of mine once told me of a sermon she had heard that challenged hearers to love the unlovable – the homeless, addicted, and mentally ill. But she had a soft spot for those folks. To imagine loving them was not hard for her at all. So she thought about it and concluded that there would, indeed, be someone she would have a hard time loving. Earlier in the week she had received a phone call from a person who obviously was a scammer trying to steal access to her computer and its contents. She realized she had a really hard time loving that person. The traditionally unloved were not hard for her, but telephone scammers were. It kind of makes me wonder: who do I have a hard time loving? If I were to find out that a telephone scammer gave a portion of their stolen funds to charity, would it change my disdain for them?

A gray world, indeed.

In what way do you need to be challenged?

 

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Jul
13
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John 3:16-21, Blinded by the Light

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The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.
— John 3:19-20

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, July 13, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

I’m a perfectionist. For much of my life, any time I did something wrong—every time I was mean or disobeyed or got in trouble or disappointed someone—I filed it away somewhere in my mind, building up a rather impressive self-hatred I pretended wasn’t there. I always suspected it was there, but I couldn’t acknowledge it, because if I did, it meant I was irredeemably worthless.

In my early thirties, I had the opportunity to dig it all up in a loving and supportive environment, to bring all the bad stuff out into the light. It was excruciatingly painful—I can’t even begin to describe it here. Exposing my “evil deeds” to the light of God was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but it was the most healing thing I have ever done.

In this well-known passage from John, we are told that Jesus did not come into the world to condemn it, but that through him the world might be saved. Thus are we invited to bring our whole selves into the light of Christ and be healed.

What am I hiding in the darkness that Christ’s light can heal?

 

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Jul
12
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Psalm 82, Did I Stutter?

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How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
— Psalm 82:2-4

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, July 12, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

“How many times do I have to tell you?” yelled every Mom ever. I don’t know about you, but as a kid, most of what my folks told me to do went in one ear and out the other. I wasn’t necessarily a bad kid, but no matter how many times I was told to clean up after myself…well…I just didn’t.

In the Bible, God tells us more than 2,000 times that we are supposed to seek justice for those who are poor and oppressed. Yet we, as a people, can’t seem to remember that this is central to our call. In Psalm 82, I can almost see God losing it the way my mom used to when, once again, God has to remind the people of their purpose. I can hear Israel starting to argue and God booming out, “Did I stutter?!?”

Unlike with my mom getting mad about the dirty dishes on the counter, this isn’t about individual actions—or lack of action. This is about societal acts of justice for all of God’s beloved children. God will keep reminding us of this until we do what we are supposed to do.

God, show me the way to work for justice for all the earth. Amen.

 

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Jul
11
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Colossians 2:6-19, Fullness of Life in Christ

Key Verse

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.
— Colossians 2:8

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, July 11, 2019

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

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What a beautiful picture! Fullness of life in Christ is not the fulfillment of the law (following with perfection the rules and laws of the land), but it is the growth of the body of Christ – it lives and breathes. 

The law stifles. How impossible it is to do everything correctly! How suffocating to try to do what is right – especially when humans cannot even agree to what is right and what is wrong. For a time I worked hard to become more physically healthy. What I found in the process of learning is that it is nearly impossible to satisfy all the tenets of healthy living and at the same time lift up other values as well. 

When I tried to eat less processed foods and more organics, I found that the prices of many organic and whole foods are much higher than processed foods. So while I improved my health, I damaged my pocketbook and became a less frugal steward of the gifts God had given me. 

When I tried to follow a diet low in carbs, I learned that many proteins can be detrimental not only to health, but also to the environment. Chicken, it seems, can be linked to certain cancers, as can beef and pork. And the ozone has been damaged by the gasses produced by cattle raised for beef and milk. 

When I tried to eat vegan – well, let's be honest – this girl couldn't find enough to eat in a day. Juicing just about made me sick, and quinoa is just not tasty. I guess I'm just too old and set in my ways to make a change that major. 

Throughout my health journey I found myself stuck between a rock and a hard place more than once. It seems trying to satisfy the law is not life giving at all, if even possible. 

No, peace is found in the flawed, messy, disorganized stuff of life. I find life in the mistakes, in the shared experiences, in the learning, and in the trying more than the succeeding. Jesus meets us in the muck – growth happens from the dirt on up.  

Lord, bless all my messes. Help me to accept them. Amen.

 

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Jul
10
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Colossians 1:24 – 2:5, Paul’s Interest in the Colossians

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For I want you to know how much I am struggling for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me face to face.
— Colossians 2:1

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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

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Paul’s mission intentionally included Gentiles – those who were not Jewish and did not grow up with Jewish traditions and history. Some in the early church wanted the Gentiles to adopt Jewish traditions. But Paul was insistent that the mystery of God was revealed, not through the teachings and traditions of the Jewish culture, but in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Traditions can be wonderful gifts. They connect us to those who have gone before us. They connect us to those across the globe who share our faith. They ground us in knowledge through history and memory. At the same time, traditions can bind, rather than free us. We may become slaves to the traditions, rather than allowing the traditions to serve us.

We have many traditions in our household. One of those is an annual trip to the Christmas tree farm up in the snowy hills of the Minnesota River Valley. The tree farm is an all-day affair, as it is just over an hour away. First we let the kids play on the hay-bail-tunnel-fort-maze thing that grows bigger and more grand every year. Then we scarf down donillas (mini-donuts with nilla wafers instead of donuts) and burn our tongues on hot chocolate. Next we hop on the tractor-pulled cart up to the lot to cut down our own tree – short needle, of course, but not the blue ones that get super prickly when they’re dry. Daddy and the kids throw snowballs at each other, while I work to dodge the strays. Then they take turns laying on the tarp as they maneuver to cut down the tree. We drag the tree down the hill, with the kids taking turns riding on the tarp. While daddy gets the tree paid for and tied to the car, the kids try their hand at the hand-crafted wooden gumball-obstacle-contraption and I sit on the warmed bench trying to shake the shivers. We sing Christmas carols with Ray Conniff all the way home.

A few years ago, the snow didn’t come, and it didn’t come, and it didn’t come. You need to have snow to cut down your own tree, or you’ll end up laying in the mud. Finally, we relented and 4 days before Christmas we went to the tree farm. We missed the donillas and hot chocolate (already closed for the season) tractor ride (too muddy) snowball fight, tree cutting, and riding the tarp (no snow). We enjoyed our tree for four days before Christmas, and for 12 days after. (12 days of Christmas, right? Then let’s be done.) It was the shortest, most depressing season we’d ever had.

The next year when it seemed we might have another not-white Christmas, we realized we might have to give up some of our traditions in order to maintain others. We decided to get the tree early, even though it meant getting one that was already cut. The rest of the trip was wonderful and we got to enjoy the tree throughout the entire season of Advent. We realized the family time, the memories, the laughter – those were all more important than the details of how it got done. Now we let the traditions serve us – not the other way around.

 

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Jul
9
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Acts 19:28-41, Stir It Up (Or: "What to Do in a Riot")

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The city was filled with the confusion; and people rushed together to the theatre, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians who were Paul’s travelling-companions.
— Acts 19:28-41

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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

Ephesus was a town famous for its temple to the goddess Artemis, goddess of the hunt, wild animals and the wilderness, and protector of young girls, virginity and childbirth. The crafting of idols was big business in Ephesus, and the silversmiths and artisans worried that the anti-idol message of “The Way” (the name for early Christianity) threatened their livelihoods. A riot broke out when two of Paul’s companions, Gaius and Aristarchus, spoke against idols. Alexander, a Jewish follower of Christ, calmed the crowds by reminding them that there were legal and just ways of dealing with their anger.

I have not lived through a riot. I see them on TV all the time, and I wonder how such a thing can occur. How can rational, law-abiding citizens suddenly turn in mass numbers, and do incomprehensible, frightening things? But that’s just the thing, isn’t it? Riots are based in fear and gain momentum as the exhilaration builds on the hope that the outcome of the movement will be something better. Riots are seldom, if ever, irrelevant. They come when social issues such as poverty and inequality reach their tipping point. (For more on the psychology of rioting, check out this article from Psychology Today.)

When I see a riot or even a peaceful protest on TV, I do my best to stand in the shoes of the ones who are rioting. What did they fear? What did they fear they would lose? What did they have to lose? Standing in their shoes, even for a moment, helps me to see that we do not yet live in a world where Christ’s peace and justice prevail.

Riots can speak to the invisible and silent injustices we, perhaps, do not want to see. Maybe we can let ourselves be moved by compassion and understanding to make the changes needed to bring this world closer to the kingdom of God that Christ desired.

Help me, O God, to become more compassionate to the plights of others. Amen.

 

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Jul
8
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Psalm 6, Shaking With Terror

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Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
— Psalm 6:2

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, July 8, 2019

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

Have you ever been really scared? And I’m not asking about the times when you got a little chill from walking into a Halloween ghost house. I’m talking about the times when worry and apprehension takes over in your life.

I have. One time was when I thought I lost my dog and he had been run over. (I got him after an hour or so.)

The second was when my son didn’t come home from school and we couldn’t contact his driver. (He was fine, too.)

But no matter what, it seems that the brain wants to take you to the worst-case scenario when bad or worrisome things happen.

The Psalmist can relate with that today. That’s one of the greatest aspects of the Psalms is that they’re real.

And in it all, God is there. God guides and helps and steers our minds and hearts to be close to God.

And that, at least, counts for something.

Have you ever been scared out of your wits? What happened?

 

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Jul
7
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Luke 10:1-11, 16-20; Beyond the Shire

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After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.
— Luke 10:1

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, July 7, 2019

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

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Main Idea: Sometimes the mission Jesus calls us to changes us forever.

Jesus’ disciples had left their vocations to follow Jesus. They could no longer rely on their work for income. To continue in the ministry of Jesus, they would need to be paid in food and shelter, if nothing else. When Jesus sent them on this mission, he told them not to bring provisions more than they needed – anything that could either be a distraction, slow them down, or put them in danger of being robbed. So when they entered a town, they were charged with proclaiming the good news of a loving God. In return, they would need food and shelter. “The laborer deserves to be paid.”

Jesus’ disciples went on a mission to change the minds and hearts of others. They returned, themselves utterly changed. The hearts and minds of the disciples were opened because they did the hard work. They took the risks. They left everything to follow. They left as infants and returned as scholars. Their work changed them forever.

I am a fantasy geek. What comes to mind is The Hobbit trilogy. In the first scene in the Shire, a little, inexperienced, sheltered hobbit is invited to embark on an adventure. The adventure would last a couple years, three movies, and many exciting encounters. During the last scene of the final movie, the hobbit Bilbo returned to find he had been declared dead, and his home being auctioned off one item at a time. Bilbo enters his home to find it in shambles, having been looted by the auctioneers. It was a fitting end. The messy state of his home mirrored the messy state of his soul. He had returned utterly changed. He was not the same hobbit that left the Shire years before. He had gone as an infant and returned a scholar of life. It makes me wonder sometimes if I am content to sit in my hole in the Shire, or if, perhaps, God is calling me on an adventure that will change me forever.

Call me beyond my boundaries I have placed for myself, that I might live for you, O God. Amen.

 

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Jul
6
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Luke 9:1-6, First Aid Kit

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Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, ‘Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money—not even an extra tunic.’
— Luke 9:1-3

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, July 6, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

When I was 14, I severely burned my leg in the middle of the woods at summer camp. There was no first aid kit, no ice, not even cold water. It took a makeshift stretcher, a pick-up truck, and then an ambulance to get me twenty miles to the nearest hospital. Not an experience I’d like to repeat, but it makes a great story, mostly because I lived to tell it.

Jesus sent his disciples out into a sin-sick world to preach and to heal without any earthly supplies whatsoever. Yet they were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish all Jesus asked of them. How often do we look at the ills and sorrows all around us and feel unequipped to bringing Jesus’ love and healing into the world? Do not forget that our “first aid kit” contains the most potent medicine of all and through the Holy Spirit, we can do what Jesus calls us to.

Holy Spirit, empower me to tend and care for all who need your healing grace. Amen.

 

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5
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Psalm 30, The Cure for What Ails You

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O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
— Psalm 30:2

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, July 5, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

I used to be angry. All the time. Anger was so much a part of my makeup that I wasn’t even aware of it. In fact, I thought I was a happy, well-adjusted person. Yet anytime anything went wrong in the slightest, it was cause for bitter disappointment. I tried to numb my anger and general sense of dissatisfaction with comfort food, fantasy and avoidance. News flash: it didn’t work.

Eventually, I had to admit that something was terribly wrong, that there was some kind of soul sickness deep within me that needed healing.

Finally, beaten down and ready to give up trying to run the universe, I cried to God for help, and got willing to do whatever was needed to get out of God’s way. And God healed me of my deep soul sickness.

Is my life perfect now? Not by a long shot. But I can live my life as it comes, rather than trying to force it to be what it’s not, knowing that God is in charge. I have peace, and far more energy to do what God is calling me to.

Where has God shown up with healing in my life?

 

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4
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Psalm 63, Psalm of Trust

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So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
— Psalm 63:2

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RCL Daily Devotions written by Stefanie K. Fauth from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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When I was younger, I used to worry about my faith a lot.

The Bible would talk about needing to trust in God or how important faith was, and I’d think - I have doubts, what’s wrong with me that I’m not faithful enough??

My mom was thankfully wise enough to know that even the ones to whom God showed favor were at times doubtful and God could still love them.

I always think of that when I read the glorious praise of the psalms - sure, King David, you’re happy now, but just wait till the psalm where you are sure God has abandoned you. It makes me smile - and helps me feel a little less alone!

Do you lean more on the trusting side of faith or are you someone who has more doubts? Where do you look to for support and guidance?

 

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3
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Galatians 6:11-18, Final Words and Blessings

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From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body.
— Galatians 6:17

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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

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There's a funny Geico commercial with the tag line, "If you walk the walk, you talk the talk. It's what you do." It highlights the reality that people who are most trustworthy, righteous, or any attribute, do not just talk about being trustworthy, righteous, or otherwise -- they actually behave in a trustworthy or righteous manner. It's what Paul was trying to teach the Galatians.

It's not enough to act-as-if -- in other words, to become circumcised but fail to live God's ways. Whether circumcised or uncircumcised, a true measure of a person's worth is in how they behave, how they treat others, how they show up in the world.

How will you show up in the world today?

 

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2
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Ephesians 5:6-20, Evil Days

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Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil.
— Ephesians 5:15,16

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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

I’ve often wondered what the author of Ephesians was referring to when we read the phrase “evil days.”

It seems that any generation can find evidence that their generation is the “most” evil out of any of them. In contrast, some would state that only certain periods were the “good old days
while presently we suffer the most evil of days.

I’ve often heard some old timers say that America used to be great and we’re not anymore. It’s strange how these same people seem to forget that Jim Crow laws and racism were rampant, as was misogynist thinking, lack of vaccinations, etc. etc.

The fact of the matter is the world always has the capacity to be evil, to DO evil.

But, at the same time, people often have an irrepressable potential to be good, to grow beyond themselves and make a difference. It is this place where I believe God resides and works in all people.

Dear God, these days may be evil, but you have the might and compassion to create goodness. So shape and form my life to be a tool for your goodness to come. Amen.

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1 John 2:7-11, In the Light

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Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
— 1 John 2:8

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, July 1, 2019

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

The topic and stark comparison of light vs. darkness is as ubiquitous and universal in other religions as it is within the Christian tradition. Truly, it is one of the first experiences we perceive when God brought us into the world. An infant can perceive a difference in light, even at such a young age.

Even within the world of physics, light and non-light is a thing. Electromagnetic radiation—in all its forms—travels throughout the universe at the speed of (you guessed it) light.

299 792 458 meters per second, in case you were wondering.

Artists, musicians and poets, likewise, see the sharply defined dichotomy of light and dark and cast metaphors in each one’s own medium to capture the concept.

Led Zeppelin, one of my favorite bands, produced this one, also one of my favorite songs by them.

Provided to YouTube by Atlantic Records In the Light (1990 Remaster) · Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti ℗ 1975 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

Today’s great reading from the First Epistle of John brings both the goodness of God and the absence of God’s love into contrast. Love is light. Since we live in that light, to deny it is to return to darkness. The gift is that light keeps on giving, no matter where you’re at.

Can you think of a time when you needed the light, yet all seemed dark? What happened? How did God’s love break through?

 

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Luke 9:51-62, Cost of Discipleship

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Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’
— Luke 9:62

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, June 30, 2019

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

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Main Idea: God’s work sometimes breaks into our routines at the most inconvenient times. But that’s what makes God’s work worth it.

These words of Jesus’ sound harsh and unforgiving. Did he really intend for a grieving man not to bury his father before he left? And did he expect another to drop everything, not even taking the time to say goodbyes? Maybe Jesus was unaware of the human need to tie up loose ends and to prepare for major change. Or maybe this was Jesus’ way of expressing that they were all about to embark on something even bigger than themselves. Perhaps he was telling them that working toward bringing about the kingdom of God was even more urgent than their other needs.

It is not hard to believe that God’s work sometimes calls us at the most inconvenient times. But sometimes that is also what makes God’s work mysterious and awe-inspiring. When God breaks into our routines, calls us out of our comfort zones, and asks us to do things we don’t want to do, those are often the most profound experiences of our lives. In the end, we realize that the inconvenience was overshadowed by the overwhelming reality of God making God’s presence known in those uncomfortable moments.

Guide me this week, O Lord. Teach me your paths. Amen.

 

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Luke 9:21-27, Splinters

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Then he said to them all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
— Luke 9:23

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, June 29, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Following Jesus is not easy. In the immortal words of Wesley from The Princess Bride, “Anyone who says otherwise is probably selling something.”

Jesus lived a lifestyle of relative poverty, crossed boundaries and spoke truth to power on behalf of the oppressed. Jesus sacrificed time, energy, resources, and eventually his own life to bring healing and wholeness to all God’s creation. And Jesus calls us to that same work.

Ouch. Carrying that cross is gonna leave a mark. I, for one, would like to avoid taking up that particular cross. Isn’t there an easier way? I might try to live as if there is, but once I have recognized the call, I can’t just let it go. It’s like there are splinters in my hands reminding me of what is needed. As long as I fight it, those splinters will irritate, and the discomfort will leave me agitated.

Yet when I heed the call I find that those splinters don’t cause pain, but make me itch to take action in service to God and neighbor. When I am honest about the work to be done, I see that taking up my cross is not about unnecessarily weighing myself down, it’s about lifting the burden of the back of another.

God, you call me to serve and to love. Help me to share the burden of the Other, just has you have carried all things for me. Amen.

 

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