Sunday, September 17, 2017

Salvation

Toward the end of his life Peter wrote to some of the Christians that he had known and taught. He knew that his life would soon come to an end. But there was something that he wanted to do with the time left to him.
I intend always to remind you of these things, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 2 Peter 1:12
Today, we’ll be continuing our series in Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. And my goal in this is to remind you of things you know. I want to remind you of the Gospel. I can’t imagine anything more important for me to do as your pastor than that. Living out the Gospel is the only way to live well. I also hope to challenge you to dig a little deeper into that Gospel. There will always be more to know, more to understand, about what God has done and is doing by the Gospel.

A Prayer

Father,

Our lives are filled with ups and downs. We have some really good days. And then, we also have some really bad days. How good it is to know that whatever happens to us it's because You want that to happen to us.

So, Father, remind us of this when we are enjoying one of those really good days. Whatever it is that is happening to us, it's because You want it to be happening to us. Remind us of this so that we will be quick to thank You for whatever good thing it is that we are receiving from Your hand. You are once again watching over us and doing us good.

And remind us of this when we are having one of those really bad days. Whatever it is that is happening to us, it’s because You want it to be happening to us. Remind us of this so that we will be quick to thank You for whatever good thing it is that we are receiving from Your hand. You are once again watching over us and doing us good.

To think this way about good days and bad days, to be grateful to You for all things, is not particularly common in our world, especially when it comes to those bad days. But You are our Father. How can You not be watching over us and doing us good? Help us to believe that this is true even in the bad days, days when life hurts. Remind us that You use our pain for some good somewhere. Grant to us the grace to give thanks even then. And grant to us the grace to hope.

Help us Father to give thanks to You in all things so that how we live, how You make a difference in us, will be noticed by the people around us. Help us in this so that they will see the fruit of Your fatherly care because of Jesus. We want them to see the Gospel at work in our lives so that they will want to join us in enjoying You and living for You.

And now, Father, bless us in the preaching and hearing of Your Words so that we will understand You better and continue to mature as Christians. Through Christ our Lord Amen.

Prayer for the Week

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Aphorism

The love of God does not find, but creates, that which is pleasing to it. The love of man comes into being through that which is pleasing to it.
Martin Luther

Friday, September 15, 2017

Aphorism

Christian prayer involves an ongoing reformation of desire. Living in and with God, little by little, we learn what to want.

 Matthew Myer Boulton
 Life in God:
John Calvin, Practical Formation, 
and the Future of Protestant Theology

Comment on a Psalm

Psalm 49

Today’s Psalter reading is about the deceitfulness of wealth. We need to take to heart the warning of this Psalm because, compared to most people who have ever lived, we have great wealth. Let’s pursue the wisdom needed to avoid the pitfalls that many have fallen into.