“There is a holy reckoning unfolding before us in the church.”
‘Whenever we recognize who God is, we are praising him.”
God wanted them to know that even though they were suffering, they were not forsaken. God wanted the people of Israel to understand that the hardship they were experiencing would not be the end of them. God wanted to give them a fresh start, a new beginning in their life, a relaunch, so to speak. By telling them, “forget the former things,” God was saying, “it is time to move on.”
While we can’t ignore the past – it happened – we can reframe it into a story of redemption by looking at it, by talking about it, by thinking about it through the lens of Jesus’ love and grace. We change our past by allowing it to be redeemed.
As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was…
The bottoms of your shoes tell a tale. Examine them: the soles are worn down on the inside or the outside, at the front…
Some versions say Jesus was filled with compassion for the leper who came to him for healing. My version and a few other versions say Jesus was indignant. By my experience, there is a pretty wide gap between indignant and compassionate, so which is it?
In so far as our lives are built around avoiding other people’s pain, we will not see miracles.
Tonight, I want to remind you that life is a complex mixture of all three kinds of experiences…good to celebrate, bad to grieve, and ugly to heal.
Take some time each day this week to thank God for the ways he is cleansing you.