February 26, 2019

Winners vs. Losers…

The majority of delegates prevailed today at the United Methodist Church Special Session of the General Conference as the body voted to maintain it’s stance on human sexuality.

I know that some friends are relieved but I know some other friends are broken. 

Where do we go from here?  I and many others have more questions than answers.

I don’t see a winner and I don’t see a loser.  I see two groups of people who stand at odds with each other and both are followers of Jesus.

How do we love each other?

Peace

Jim

 

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February 25, 2019

It’s a beautiful sunny Monday morning…

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With all of the distractions of the times that take our minds to other places, try focusing on God and God’s command for us to love…

Think about how to love the beauty around us, how to love our families…how to love our friends…how to love our neighbor…and even how to love those we perceive as enemies.

If we claim to love God then it becomes necessary to love all as Jesus exampled.

No, “Yeah but what about those who ___________ (fill in the blank). This is difficult stuff, it requires we see through God’s eyes.

Love all, not just with words but with actions.

Peace

Jim

February 22, 2019

“A dark heart controls the mind and vice versa…the result is an imprisonment that squeezes the color out of everything one sees.” 

There are those folks that see darkness all around, they can find dread around each corner, they seem to almost delight in difficulties…these are a sad lot who seem to find comfort in misery.

Many of us have tried to help people see the beauty around them to no avail.  Some go to their graves never seeming to change and we scratch our heads wondering how this could be.

I wish there was a quick and easy answer that we could just apply to all we know who live this way…but there is not.  We must continue to pray for God to soften hearts and minds bringing light into lives. 

Peace and Light

Jim

February 21, 2019

Words to think about this morning.  Truth be known all of us have issues here.

“Faith is the ingredient that puts sincerity in our prayers.”

Peace

Jim

February 20, 2019

This pretty much sums up the morning.

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I’m going to take a break from reading and some heavy mental work and go to the bowling alley today.

Peace

JIm

February 19, 2019

Some quick thoughts to get the day started…

My mind wanders when I read.  Not only does that happen reading books or periodicals, but it also happens when I read Scripture…But a wandering mind is not the only issue with reading Scripture…some good, others not so much.

When we look for passages on comfort we often find comfort.  When we’re sick we look for guidance. When we’re hurt physically or emotionally many turn to those text that bring us consolation.  And when we look for some text to vindicate our thinking we will almost always find it.  Something – often pulled out of context – will agree with us on about any subject.

That said, it is common knowledge in sermon preparation that we don’t write the sermon and then go find a text to speak to what we want to say…go to the text first and bring the message out from there.  Sermon prep 101.

Point is, what we get from Scripture depends largely upon the attitude that took us to the text in the first place.  

I have to keep reminding myself that I should sit down to read expecting nothing…but being open to anything as I understand that:

“God is light, in him there is no darkness at all.” 1John 1:5

When we read with a clear mind and an open heart God can show us the depth of his love.

Peace and Light

Jim

February 17, 2019

Sitting at the window watching the light chase away the darkness.  Seems fitting for a Sunday morning.

Be light.

Peace

Jim