9-23-14 Daily E-Votional

Posted September 22, 2014 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

05May30Tuesday, Sept. 23

1Corinthians 5:1-8

Eyes to see clearly.

At times we need some space to see more clearly. Like maybe higher up outside the door. At other times we need some years of maturity to see things a bit more clearly.

In those early years I realized that each house had its’ rules and when in that house you were to abide by those rules. It was pretty open-range at my house. Our house rules were different than other house rules.

One day, I went to my girlfriend’s house to play in the early elementary years, I followed the rules at her house. When she invited me up to her bedroom, I remember that I was fascinated with her possessions/her stuff. She had interesting old furniture and I wanted to see how it worked so I opened each drawer and tried it out.

I can’t remember clearly how the next pieces fell together, but I think that I either took something from the drawer or made fun of something that was hers. She got mad at my opening the drawers to her dresser. I don’t know if I took something of hers or what I did. Maybe I asked too many questions or something, but I knew when she yelled to her mother that I was in trouble. I think I decided that it was just time for me to leave so I ran back home.

Not long after I arrived at home, our phone rang and my girlfriend’s mother asked me to return to their house. When I went to their house, her mother invited me up to my girlfriend’s room. Her mother spoke to me in ways that I knew that I was not to ever snoop in someone else’s stuff and that she loved me at the same time. She was not mad at me as a person, but rather, at my actions.

Although, I hadn’t felt like I was snooping, it must have felt like an invasion to my friend. I am so thankful for that lesson.

That lesson taught me so much in life. I learned that I was to respect others and respect their stuff. We are to care for ourselves and care about others with respect for the way God has created each of us. That was quite enough to learn at that early age, but I continue to be thankful for that lesson every day of my life.

5:1   I also received a report of scandalous sex within your church family, a kind that wouldn’t be tolerated even outside the church: One of your men is sleeping with his stepmother.  2 And you’re so above it all that it doesn’t even faze you! Shouldn’t this break your hearts? Shouldn’t it bring you to your knees in tears? Shouldn’t this person and his conduct be confronted and dealt with? 

3   I’ll tell you what I would do. Even though I’m not there in person, consider me right there with you, because I can fully see what’s going on. I’m telling you that this is wrong. You must not simply look the other way and hope it goes away on its own. Bring it out in the open and deal with it in the authority of Jesus our Master.  4 Assemble the community—I’ll be present in spirit with you and our Master Jesus will be present in power.  5 Hold this man’s conduct up to public scrutiny. Let him defend it if he can! But if he can’t, then out with him! It will be totally devastating to him, of course, and embarrassing to you. But better devastation and embarrassment than damnation. You want him on his feet and forgiven before the Master on the Day of Judgment. 

6   Your flip and callous arrogance in these things bothers me. You pass it off as a small thing, but it’s anything but that. Yeast, too, is a “small thing,” but it works its way through a whole batch of bread dough pretty fast.  7 So get rid of this “yeast.” Our true identity is flat and plain, not puffed up with the wrong kind of ingredient. The Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has already been sacrificed for the Passover meal, and we are the Un-raised Bread part of the Feast.  8 So let’s live out our part in the Feast, not as raised bread swollen with the yeast of evil, but as flat bread—simple, genuine, unpretentious. 

The law that Paul refers to does not allow sex between two people who are very close relatives of each other. In the church in Corinth, a man was having sex with his father’s second wife. It was against Jewish law and even pagans thought it was a sin.

What are some of the lessons of life that have really taken a place in your heart? In what ways are you respectful of other’s possessions? When have you found that you have placed your curiosity as secondary to another’s comfort level? When have you met a person that was almost too relaxed in their openness? Who has been your guest guide in life when it comes to sexual issues? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you about some of the things they have learned in life

Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson

Remember in Prayer: Tama, Jan & family, Karen’s family, Gene, John G., RZ & family, Bill’s family, Christina, Earl, Gillian, Loretta & family, Friend of Julie, Sue, Roger & family, Tanner, Pattie, Frank & Jean & family, Ginger, Todd & family, Carol, Judith, Lynn, Bonnie, Alan, Al’s family, Carol M., Diane’s family, Linda, Vivian, Ron, Sue, Janine, Leigh, Kristen, Summer, Graham, Kevin, Karen

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, Bernadette, Alice, Tom, Tony, Al, David Dale, Sr., Mary Scott, Don, Jim, Diane, David, Herm, Helen, Father Billy, Joe, Brian, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall

Prayer:    We love you, O God, and we thank you for this day. Thank you for loving us thru our long and hard journey thru life’s lessons. Help us to love others thru and realize that each person is on their own journey. Amen

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Lucia

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9-22-14 Daily E-Votional

Posted September 21, 2014 by luciaoerter
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teacher-students-classroomMonday, Sept. 22

1Corinthians 4:8-21

When I was a child, it was the strangest thing to see any of my teacher at a store or out anywhere in public. I must have thought that teachers just lived at school and never did anything other than get ready for teaching their students. I didn’t give much thought about the lives of teachers or other adults.

My mother would see one of our teachers in the store and say something to them. I remember being caught off guard. When I was out in public, I didn’t know how I was to address the teacher or how I was to act. We had been versed in the whole shake hands and look into the other persons’ eyes, but that was in a social setting. I wondered why a teacher would be out in a social setting. I pretty much just got real shy and acted like I didn’t know the teacher at all. I had teachers pegged as teachers. One of our substitutes was also a mother of a classmate of mine and that really confused me.

I think I wanted my student life to be something that I could leave in the classroom and not have to worry about such things when I was out in public. There were reasons for parents night and open house. I mean, how was a student supposed to have fun if a teacher walked into your everyday life? I had no idea that teachers were people and had lives and families and all that.

4:8 You already have all you need. You already have more access to God than you can handle. Without bringing either Apollos or me into it, you’re sitting on top of the world—at least God’s world—and we’re right there, sitting alongside you! 

9  It seems to me that God has put us who bear his Message on stage in a theater in which no one wants to buy a ticket. We’re something everyone stands around and stares at, like an accident in the street.  10 We’re the Messiah’s misfits. You might be sure of yourselves, but we live in the midst of frailties and uncertainties. You might be well-thought-of by others, but we’re mostly kicked around.  11 Much of the time we don’t have enough to eat, we wear patched and threadbare clothes, we get doors slammed in our faces,  12 and we pick up odd jobs anywhere we can to eke out a living. When they call us names, we say, “God bless you.”  13 When they spread rumors about us, we put in a good word for them. We’re treated like garbage, potato peelings from the culture’s kitchen. And it’s not getting any better. 

14   I’m not writing all this as a neighborhood scold just to make you feel rotten. I’m writing as a father to you, my children. I love you and want you to grow up well, not spoiled.  15 There are a lot of people around who can’t wait to tell you what you’ve done wrong, but there aren’t many fathers willing to take the time and effort to help you grow up. It was as Jesus helped me proclaim God’s Message to you that I became your father.  16 I’m not, you know, asking you to do anything I’m not already doing myself. 

17   This is why I sent Timothy to you earlier. He is also my dear son, and true to the Master. He will refresh your memory on the instructions I regularly give all the churches on the way of Christ. 

18   I know there are some among you who are so full of themselves they never listen to anyone, let alone me. They don’t think I’ll ever show up in person.  19 But I’ll be there sooner than you think, God willing, and then we’ll see if they’re full of anything but hot air.  20 God’s Way is not a matter of mere talk; it’s an empowered life. 

21   So how should I prepare to come to you? As a severe disciplinarian who makes you toe the mark? Or as a good friend and counselor who wants to share heart-to-heart with you? You decide. 

Paul describes the difficulties that real apostles had to suffer. There were times when they needed just the basic necessities in life like food and water and clothes and a place to sleep. The apostles would often have a skill they practiced so they could have money to live. The apostles lived a modest life and taught others the Christian way of life.

What are some ways you think a Christian should live? Would there be a norm for the kind of dwelling place a Christian might have? What about the kind of clothes a Christian should wear? If Christians walked around in tattered clothes do you think it would be more difficult for people to listen to them? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you where teachers go at night

Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson

Remember in Prayer: Tama, Jan & family, Karen’s family, Gene, John G., RZ & family, Bill’s family, Christina, Earl, Gillian, Loretta & family, Friend of Julie, Sue, Roger & family, Tanner, Pattie, Frank & Jean & family, Ginger, Todd & family, Carol, Judith, Lynn, Bonnie, Alan, Al’s family, Carol M., Diane’s family, Linda, Vivian, Ron, Sue, Janine, Leigh, Kristen, Summer, Graham, Kevin, Karen

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, Bernadette, Alice, Tom, Tony, Al, David Dale, Sr., Mary Scott, Don, Jim, Diane, David, Herm, Helen, Father Billy, Joe, Brian, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall

Prayer Request:   Please include my boss’s sister, Michaelene as she is starting treatment for melanoma that has spread to her liver.  They will be traveling to M.D. Anderson in Texas for the treatment.   Sue

Prayer:    We thank you for this day, O God. Thank you for the abundance you have given us. Help us to live in ways that reflect our love and dedication to you. Amen

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Lucia

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9-21-14 Daily E-Votional

Posted September 20, 2014 by luciaoerter
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Stop-WhiningSunday, Sept. 21

Exodus 16:2-15

There are some things that just get on your nerves. If there is construction going on in your neighborhood, there are many noises that can really disrupt your day. Many years ago, when I was working the night shift, I distinctly remember trying to sleep in the day after a long night at work and the lawn crews were busy tending to the lawn. That was incredibly annoying.

In the hospitals, there are manned machines that look like mini Zambonis moving up and down the halls of the hospital in the middle of the night. Granted the floors need to be tended to on a regular basis in a hospital, but seriously, in the middle of the night? The invention of a machine silencer would be a nice solution.

For me, the most annoying sound of all is that of people who are whining. I was going to say whining children, but whining adults can be just as annoying. I’m especially annoyed on days when the temperatures bump up near or go over 100 degrees and everyone has a bit on edge. That’s one of the times when the whining seems to be the most difficult to handle.

At the Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center, when the little children came to camp in the extreme heat, we knew that our day was going to be tough. They would whine about absolutely everything. Listening to the camper’s whining felt like a huge grater was grating away at my nerves. When the campers whined, the counselors whined. We were very fortunate to have a pool at the camp and the wisdom to alter the schedule to just let the kids swim away the hot days.

Over the years I’ve done my own share of whining, but I feel that whining is just such a waste of energy. If the whining is about the heat, it sure isn’t going to get any cooler by a person whining about it.

Poor Moses and all those whining Israelites.

16:2 The whole company of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron there in the wilderness.  3 The Israelites said, “Why didn’t GOD let us die in comfort in Egypt where we had lamb stew and all the bread we could eat? You’ve brought us out into this wilderness to starve us to death, the whole company of Israel!”

4   GOD said to Moses, “I’m going to rain bread down from the skies for you. The people will go out and gather each day’s ration. I’m going to test them to see if they’ll live according to my Teaching or not.  5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they have gathered, it will turn out to be twice as much as their daily ration.”

6   Moses and Aaron told the People of Israel, “This evening you will know that it is GOD who brought you out of Egypt;  7 and in the morning you will see the Glory of GOD. Yes, he’s listened to your complaints against him. You haven’t been complaining against us, you know, but against GOD.”

8   Moses said, “Since it will be GOD who gives you meat for your meal in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, it’s GOD who will have listened to your complaints against him. Who are we in all this? You haven’t been complaining to us—you’ve been complaining to GOD!”

9   Moses instructed Aaron: “Tell the whole company of Israel: ‘Come near to GOD. He’s heard your complaints.’”

10   When Aaron gave out the instructions to the whole company of Israel, they turned to face the wilderness. And there it was: the Glory of GOD visible in the Cloud.

11   GOD spoke to Moses,  12 “I’ve listened to the complaints of the Israelites. Now tell them: ‘At dusk you will eat meat and at dawn you’ll eat your fill of bread; and you’ll realize that I am GOD, your God.’”

13   That evening quail flew in and covered the camp and in the morning there was a layer of dew all over the camp.  14 When the layer of dew had lifted, there on the wilderness ground was a fine flaky something, fine as frost on the ground.  15 The Israelites took one look and said to one another, man-hu (What is it?). They had no idea what it was.

 So Moses told them, “It’s the bread GOD has given you to eat.

The Lord’s response to the people’s complaint was a promise of bread from heaven. God would be the one to supply their food. But the Israelites’ reception of this wonderful blessing from God was already tarnished by their attitude.

When do you remember whining? What was it that you were whining about? What did you hope would happen by your whining? What do you hope is the outcome of your taking the time and energy to complain? When have you felt that you have complained to God about something? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you what whining is and why people do it

Remember in Prayer: Tama, Jan & family, Karen’s family, Gene, John G., RZ & family, Bill’s family, Christina, Earl, Gillian, Loretta & family, Friend of Julie, Sue, Roger & family, Tanner, Pattie, Frank & Jean & family, Ginger, Todd & family, Carol, Judith, Lynn, Bonnie, Alan, Al’s family, Carol M., Diane’s family, Linda, Vivian, Ron, Sue, Janine, Leigh, Kristen, Summer, Graham, Kevin, Karen

Prayer Request:Could you please add Tama to the prayer list? She found out last week that she has breast cancer. Also, could you add Jan & family as her dad has heart surgery next week? Carla

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, Bernadette, Alice, Tom, Tony, Al, David Dale, Sr., Mary Scott, Don, Jim, Diane, David, Herm, Helen, Father Billy, Joe, Brian, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall

Prayer:    We love you, O God, and we thank you for this day. Thank you for the abundance of provisions you have given us. Help us to live in this day as your grateful people. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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9-20-14 Daily E-Votional

Posted September 19, 2014 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

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Saturday, Sept. 20

1Cor. 4:1-7

There have been many times when I realized how blessed I have been with life guides in my life journey. I’m especially remembering those who were/have been a part of my life for many years. I think of Roger and Dee McCoy, Richard and Kathy Alley, and Bob and Palmer Schumann who were incredibly important in helping me stay the course as a young person. I know that my being was seeking guidance in life and they were there to guide me at the same time they were their own children. What I most appreciate is that they saw a gift in who I was as a person. That was really the first time in my life that I felt accepted, loved, and nurtured. I think my parents probably wanted to do that for their children, but they were trying to find their own way in life and that was quite enough for them. Now that I think about it, they were needing life guides.

I received incredible guidance from my pastor and my youth pastor and the many adult advisors in the church youth group. They offered both guidance and challenge for the way I would live out the beliefs I espoused.

In each place I’ve worked, there has been at least one co-worker who has been that exact life guide that I needed at that particular time. In each church, in each committee, there seems to be someone who speaks words at just the right time and those connect with my heart and I’m guided into the next days in a way I wasn’t expecting.

Into each life, there are life guides, gifts from God. Those life guides are there and we connect with them, and we are led forward in life with their guidance. It’s not that these life guides tell us exactly what we’re supposed to do, because they are struggling with their own lives. Rather, they are there and walk with us in ways that bring us safety and meaning and value. At times they will bring us closer to God without knowing God has used them in that way.

I am so thankful to God for providing life guides for us. I am so thankful to God for using us in ways that help others find God. Thank God for the blessing of life guides.

4:1  Don’t imagine us leaders to be something we aren’t. We are servants of Christ, not his masters. We are guides into God’s most sublime secrets, not security guards posted to protect them.  2  The requirements for a good guide are reliability and accurate knowledge.  3 It matters very little to me what you think of me, even less where I rank in popular opinion. I don’t even rank myself. Comparisons in these matters are pointless.  4 I’m not aware of anything that would disqualify me from being a good guide for you, but that doesn’t mean much. The Master makes that judgment. 

5  So don’t get ahead of the Master and jump to conclusions with your judgments before all the evidence is in. When he comes, he will bring out in the open and place in evidence all kinds of things we never even dreamed of—inner motives and purposes and prayers. Only then will any one of us get to hear the “Well done!” of God. 

6  All I’m doing right now, friends, is showing how these things pertain to Apollos and me so that you will learn restraint and not rush into making judgments without knowing all the facts. It’s important to look at things from God’s point of view. I would rather not see you inflating or deflating reputations based on mere hearsay. 

7  For who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart? And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for? Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing?

Servants had no unique position, but stewards did. A steward was a slave who administered the affairs of his master’s household, though he himself owned nothing. As stewards, believers manage the message and ministry God has given to them.

Who are some of the life guides you have known in life? Who are some people who have been a strong presence in your life? In what ways have these people helped guide your life in ways of safety and maybe in having more clarity in where you were heading? Who are some people that you feel you have been called to guide in life?  Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you about the people who most help them in life

Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson

Remember in Prayer: Tama, Jan & family, Karen’s family, Gene, John G., RZ & family, Bill’s family, Christina, Earl, Gillian, Loretta & family, Friend of Julie, Sue, Roger & family, Tanner, Pattie, Frank & Jean & family, Ginger, Todd & family, Carol, Judith, Lynn, Bonnie, Alan, Al’s family, Carol M., Diane’s family, Linda, Vivian, Ron, Sue, Janine, Leigh, Kristen, Summer, Graham, Kevin, Karen

Prayer Request:Could you please add Tama to the prayer list? She found out last week that she has breast cancer. Also, could you add Jan & family as her dad has heart surgery next week? Carla

Prayer Request:  Karen passed away Thursday evening. Prayers of healing for her family and friends.

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, Bernadette, Alice, Tom, Tony, Al, David Dale, Sr., Mary Scott, Don, Jim, Diane, David, Herm, Helen, Father Billy, Joe, Brian, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall

Prayer:    O God, we thank you for your presence with us today, and every day. Thank you for sending us guides to help us thru in life. Use our conversations and actions in ways that will be useful to you. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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9-19-14 Daily E-Votional

Posted September 18, 2014 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

I-dont-brag-about-my-gifted-kid-300x300Friday, Sept. 19

1Cor. 3:16-23

Bragging seems to be part of our lives from our very early moments. Parents share stories about us with others and, as children, we overhear those stories. We learn what makes our parents proud. Our parents and others brag about us and we learn life stuff. We kind of puff up about ourselves when our parents, and others, share stories of their delight in what we are accomplishing. We watch the reactions of other people as our parents brag about us. We may see joy as others receive the information. We may see other reactions in others when others brag about us and that teaches us other things about bragging.

Somewhere in there, we try out bragging about ourselves. When we brag about our own accomplishments, we might find that everyone is not as excited about the news we are sharing. Bragging is a positive thing, right?

I can remember, in the early days of elementary school, the conversations that would take place on the playground. The girls moved toward the hopscotch area or they would find a jumprope that was not in use. Somehow, during that free play, bragging made it’s way to us. There would be statements like, “I can jump higher than anyone else” or “I can kick the ball farther than anyone else.” There were times when I would hear bragging come right out of my mouth and I was hoping that no one would challenge me on what I had just shared. My bragging was embellished and I knew in my heart that was I was bragging about something that was not quite true.

3:16  You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you?  17 No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is sacred—and you, remember, are the temple. 

18  Don’t fool yourself. Don’t think that you can be wise merely by being up-to-date with the times.  19 Be God’s fool—that’s the path to true wisdom. What the world calls smart, God calls stupid. It’s written in Scripture, He exposes the chicanery of the chic. 

20 The Master sees through the smoke screens of the know-it-alls. 

21   I don’t want to hear any of you bragging about yourself or anyone else. Everything is already yours as a gift— 22 Paul, Apollos, Peter, the world, life, death, the present, the future—all of it is yours,  23 and you are privileged to be in union with Christ, who is in union with God. 

Paul urges the Corinthians to humble themselves. He says that everything in the church benefits all believers. There is no place for foolish boasting or competition among Christians.

When do you remember bragging/boasting as a child? What sort of things do you remember other children bragging or boasting about? What is it that moves something into the area of bragging or boasting? What is the outcome that is most desired when a person brags or boasts?  Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you what it means to brag

Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson

Remember in Prayer: Gene, John G., RZ & family, Bill’s family, Christina, Earl, Karen, Gillian, Loretta & family, Friend of Julie, Sue, Roger & family, Tanner, Pattie, Frank & Jean & family, Ginger, Todd & family, Carol, Judith, Lynn, Bonnie, Alan, Al’s family, Carol M., Diane’s family, Linda, Vivian, Ron, Sue, Janine, Leigh, Kristen, Summer, Graham, Kevin, Karen

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Bill, Dee, Cindy, Bernadette, Alice, Tom, Tony, Al, David Dale, Sr., Mary Scott, Don, Jim, Diane, David, Herm, Helen, Father Billy, Joe, Brian, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall

Prayer:    O God, we come into your presence this day. We give you thanks for the gift of life and the gift of this day before us. Help us to learn what it means to be your humble servants. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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9-18-14 Daily E-votional

Posted September 17, 2014 by luciaoerter
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IMG_6298Thursday, Sept. 18

1Cor. 2:14-3:15

Home base.

As kids, when we played backyard kickball or baseball, we had to find things to mark the four bases. At times it might be a rock or some other random piece of something. First thru third base really weren’t as important in being marked. First base used to have a cherry tree standing there. The little bit of sunken area where the tree used to reside was perfect for marking the spot. Second base was directly in front of centered with the arbor that led to the alley. Third base also was well marked by being a previous growth of some type. I think we spent time tearing out grass so there would be no question. Now, Home base, well that was something very different. You wouldn’t think it would be marked differently but it was. Home base was the bottom step from the upper part of the back yard except, the bottom step was not cement like the others. It was the last step of maybe 4 or 5 steps and it landed right where you would step if you were walking down the steps. Home base was, what shall I say, in motion.

Home base would be in motion. I could leave home base after kicking the ball or after I tossed the ball bat to the side, but somewhere in there, home base would move. There others on my team were often shadow men so they couldn’t track the re-visioning of home base. Home base would tend to inch away from being centered between first and third. I was always frustrated when it was clear that I was running farther from third base to home base. When I argued my point, I was asked to ask the others on my team what they thought. Yeah, right.

Most of the time, when a neighborhood boy, Steve, would come over to play ball, that’s when the marking of home base would shift toward first base. The branch piece or the leaves or whatever it was would be moved off of center. I yearned for a home base that stayed in one place.

Sometimes I chuckle when I think about the call to Interim ministry and the eleven “home base” moves John and I have made in the last 14 years. I counted 11 moves.

Home base. God’s House. Where is God’s House?

2:14 The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. 15 Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics. 16 Isaiah’s question, “Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?” has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ’s Spirit.

3:1 But for right now, friends, I’m completely frustrated by your unspiritual dealings with each other and with God. You’re acting like infants in relation to Christ, 2 capable of nothing much more than nursing at the breast. Well, then, I’ll nurse you since you don’t seem capable of anything more. 3 As long as you grab for what makes you feel good or makes you look important, are you really much different than a babe at the breast, content only when everything’s going your way? 4 When one of you says, “I’m on Paul’s side,” and another says, “I’m for Apollos,” aren’t you being totally infantile?

5 Who do you think Paul is, anyway? Or Apollos, for that matter? Servants, both of us—servants who waited on you as you gradually learned to entrust your lives to our mutual Master. We each carried out our servant assignment. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plants, but God made you grow. 7 It’s not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center of this process but God, who makes things grow. 8 Planting and watering are menial servant jobs at minimum wages. 9 What makes them worth doing is the God we are serving. You happen to be God’s field in which we are working.

Or, to put it another way, you are God’s house. 10 Using the gift God gave me as a good architect, I designed blueprints; Apollos is putting up the walls. Let each carpenter who comes on the job take care to build on the foundation! 11 Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. 12 Take particular care in picking out your building materials. 13 Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you’ll be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won’t get by with a thing. 14 If your work passes inspection, fine; 15 if it doesn’t, your part of the building will be torn out and started over. But you won’t be torn out; you’ll survive—but just barely.

Paul writes about the local church and the materials we put into it as we minister. Substituting man’s wisdom for God’s Word means building with perishable materials that will burn up at the judgment seat of Christ.

Do you remember what your first thoughts were when you heard that a church was God’s house? Did you believe that God lived in God’s house/church? If so, how did you work out which of all the churches did God chose to live in? What are some actions that go on in a church that help you see that the church is God’s house? In what way will God work thru you today? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child: Ask a child to tell you where God lives and what God’s house looks like

Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson

Remember in Prayer: Gene, John G., RZ & family, Bill’s family, Christina, Earl, Karen, Gillian, Loretta & family, Friend of Julie, Sue, Roger & family, Tanner, Pattie, Frank & Jean & family, Ginger, Todd & family, Carol, Judith, Lynn, Bonnie, Alan, Al’s family, Carol M., Diane’s family, Linda, Vivian, Ron, Sue, Janine, Leigh, Kristen, Summer, Graham, Kevin, Karen

Prayer Request:  Prayers for Gene as he continues to heal from a recent fall off a ladder. Prayers for John G. as a treatment plan is coming together for him after a few falls.

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Bill, Dee, Cindy, Bernadette, Alice, Tom, Tony, Al, David Dale, Sr., Mary Scott, Don, Jim, Diane, David, Herm, Helen, Father Billy, Joe, Brian, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall

Prayer: We begin this day with you, O God. We ask that you remain at the very core of everything we do and say. Work thru us in all of those conversations and events that come our way in the day. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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9-17-14 Daily E-Votional

Posted September 16, 2014 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

1635_StoryTimeWednesday, Sept. 17

Happy Birthday, Kristen

1Cor. 2:1-13

Do you know anyone who just has that special way with words? It seems almost effortless as they speak outloud the words that have been woven together in a beautiful way. It’s a gift for sure and I love it when I hear them speak.

I’ve probably known a handful of people like this thru my years and I could just sit and listen to them for a very long time.  When they speak, the person speaking doesn’t have a secret agenda in what they are saying or the way they are saying it. The people I know who have this gift did not go to a particular school or take classes to acquire this gift. All I know is that it is beauty to the ears.

These gifted ones are humble and they speak from their heart. They are the ones who can use examples from their everyday life and it resonates right where it needs to and it takes up residency in me.

Fred Craddock would be one of these delightful speakers who is just the absolute best. He’s a Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, in the Candler School of Theology and you’re probably thinking that he should be a good speaker if he has that kind of title. Trust me when I say that I’ve met many professors who are so full of themselves and their distinguished vocabulary and all, but they don’t come close to being able to connect in a real, heartfelt way like Fred. He is one who speaks in a way that just gathers people in to listen intently. Fred is delightfully humorous and when he speaks, he feels like he’s part of the family and I feel like part of his family. Whenever he speaks, I feel like I’m trying to take notes at the same time I’m trying to just take in all of the words that dance around and have a life. The way he tells a story or describes a situation has a way of making me feel like God has a need for little old me and that I have a purpose to fulfill. What a gift!

2:1   You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy.  2 I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified. 

3   I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—  4 and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it,  5 which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else. 

6   We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so.  7 God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene.  8 The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross.  9 That’s why we have this Scripture text:

       No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,

       Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—

       What God has arranged for those who love him. 

10   But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you. 

 The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along.  11 Who ever knows what you’re thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God—except that he not only knows what he’s thinking,  12 but he lets us in on it. God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us.  13 We don’t have to rely on the world’s guesses and opinions. We didn’t learn this by reading books or going to school; we learned it from God, who taught us person-to-person through Jesus, and we’re passing it on to you in the same firsthand, personal way. 

Paul did not rely on his eloquence or on Greek wisdom to convince his listeners. Instead, he gave the testimony of God which was being revealed by the Holy Spirit. Even though Paul had many strengths, he wanted to be one who relied on God’s strength. He told the story from his heart.

When do you want someone to speak to you in a way that connects and is understandable? When is a time when you went to hear a lecture, hoping for lots of good information and you ended up trying to work thru the drone of the voice or the message? Who is a person who connects deeply with you when they speak? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you about their favorite storyteller

Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson

Remember in Prayer: RZ & family, Bill’s family, Christina, Earl, Karen, Gillian, Loretta & family, Friend of Julie, Sue, Roger & family, Tanner, Pattie, Frank & Jean & family, Ginger, Todd & family, Carol, Judith, Lynn, Bonnie, Alan, Al’s family, Carol M., Diane’s family, Linda, Vivian, Ron, Sue, Janine, Leigh, Kristen, Summer, Graham, Kevin, Karen

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Bill, Dee, Cindy, Bernadette, Alice, Tom, Tony, Al, David Dale, Sr., Mary Scott, Don, Jim, Diane, David, Herm, Helen, Father Billy, Joe, Brian, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall

Prayer:    O God, we begin this day in thanks to you for the gift of life. We thank you for the gospel message coming into our hearts and changing us. Help us to not be afraid of the words to use when trying to describe our faith to others. Help us to just tell the story of truth that is upon our heart. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

© 2014 Lucia Oerter

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The Message Bible – contemporary translation

A ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Brandon, Florida providing for your daily walk with Christ!


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