10-20-14 Daily E-Votional

Posted October 19, 2014 by luciaoerter
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hc9utMonday, Oct. 20

1Cor. 15:30-41

While it was only for five short days, I was blessed with a Continuing Education event that called out to me in Montreat, North Carolina. The conference, More than Nones,  was just what my heart has needed. It was motivating, engaging, challenging, and humbling beyond compare. I loved the variety of worship styles and the way each worship style spoke to my heart. I loved the robust singing amongst the nearly 300 of us who gathered together. Conversations around the meal tables and special discussion gatherings were such a blessing to me.

I was reminded of the particular calling God has placed upon my heart. I was reminded that there is much work to do and that there is little time and that every single moment needs to be focused and pushing and striving.

My prayer continues to be that I accomplish just what God needs me to accomplish in each of the days of life God gives to me.

15:30   And why do you think I keep risking my neck in this dangerous work?  31 I look death in the face practically every day I live. Do you think I’d do this if I wasn’t convinced of your resurrection and mine as guaranteed by the resurrected Messiah Jesus?  32 Do you think I was just trying to act heroic when I fought the wild beasts at Ephesus, hoping it wouldn’t be the end of me? Not on your life! It’s resurrection, resurrection, always resurrection, that undergirds what I do and say, the way I live. If there’s no resurrection, “We eat, we drink, the next day we die,” and that’s all there is to it.  33 But don’t fool yourselves. Don’t let yourselves be poisoned by this anti-resurrection loose talk. “Bad company ruins good manners.” 

34   Think straight. Awaken to the holiness of life. No more playing fast and loose with resurrection facts. Ignorance of God is a luxury you can’t afford in times like these. Aren’t you embarrassed that you’ve let this kind of thing go on as long as you have? 

35   Some skeptic is sure to ask, “Show me how resurrection works. Give me a diagram; draw me a picture. What does this ‘resurrection body’ look like?”  36 If you look at this question closely, you realize how absurd it is. There are no diagrams for this kind of thing.  37 We do have a parallel experience in gardening. You plant a “dead” seed; soon there is a flourishing plant. There is no visual likeness between seed and plant.  38 You could never guess what a tomato would look like by looking at a tomato seed. What we plant in the soil and what grows out of it don’t look anything alike. The dead body that we bury in the ground and the resurrection body that comes from it will be dramatically different. 

39   You will notice that the variety of bodies is stunning. Just as there are different kinds of seeds, there are different kinds of bodies—humans, animals, birds, fish—each unprecedented in its form.  40 You get a hint at the diversity of resurrection glory by looking at the diversity of bodies not only on earth but in the skies—  41 sun, moon, stars—all these varieties of beauty and brightness. And we’re only looking at pre-resurrection “seeds”—who can imagine what the resurrection “plants” will be like! 

Our hope is not merely immortality of the spirit, but the actual resurrection of the body. The teaching of the New Testament is very plain on this. It will not be the same corrupt earthly body, but a spiritual body partaking of the nature of God’s own heavenly glory.

What is the most comforting thing in this passage as you think about your earthly body coming to an end, what questions come to your mind? Where do you believe your non-body self goes? When you take on your resurrection body, what are some things you will not miss about your earthly body?   Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you what they like about their parents hands

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

Remember in Prayer: Nilkanti, Earl, Bonnie, traveling mercies for Nan & family, Becky, Kelly, Marj, Dan, Tama, Jan & 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:    Gracious God, for this day and for your love, we give you thanks. Thank you for the gift of love and relationship. Thank you for the gift of healing. May we be a blessing to you this day. Amen

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Lucia

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10-19-14 Daily E-Votional

Posted October 18, 2014 by luciaoerter
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Look at God reflected in nature

Look at God reflected in nature

Sunday, Oct. 19

1Thess. 1:1-10

The mirror shows us much and the mirror shows only what is seen. Face value.

When we examine a photo of a person we do not know, we wonder what they are like, what their personality is like, what they sound like and what they do in their every day life. While others can tell us about the person we are seeing in the picture, we know only so much. When we meet a person face to face, we learn much more. When we share work or play or worship with another person, we learn even more. When the person in the picture becomes one of our family, we find out much, much more.

We are creatures who are constantly processing what we see. We process what a person in like as they move about in the world. We can experience how they interact with others and continue to make our assessment.

We are also people of judgment. We may say that we are not judging others, but we are most certainly judging. In just a glance, we can discount someone. In our avoidance of a person, we are judging. In the way we interact or do not interact with others, we are displaying the person who lives inside of the photo of who we are.

Jesus teaches that we are to walk about in the world in ways that help others know God, the loving God, the caring God, the God we call God who loves all of us.

As you move into this day, glance in the mirror and see what you see.

1:1   I, Paul, together here with Silas and Timothy, send greetings to the church at Thessalonica, Christians assembled by God the Father and by the Master, Jesus Christ. God’s amazing grace be with you! God’s robust peace!

2   Every time we think of you, we thank God for you. Day and night you’re in our prayers 3 as we call to mind your work of faith, your labor of love, and your patience of hope in following our Master, Jesus Christ, before God our Father.  4 It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special.  5 When the Message we preached came to you, it wasn’t just words. Something happened in you. The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions.

 You paid careful attention to the way we lived among you,  6 and determined to live that way yourselves. In imitating us, you imitated the Master. Although great trouble accompanied the Word, you were able to take great joy from the Holy Spirit!—taking the trouble with the joy, the joy with the trouble.

7   Do you know that all over the provinces of both Macedonia and Achaia believers look up to you?  8 The word has gotten around. Your lives are echoing the Master’s Word, not only in the provinces but all over the place. The news of your faith in God is out. We don’t even have to say anything anymore—you’re the message!  9 People come up and tell us how you received us with open arms, how you deserted the dead idols of your old life so you could embrace and serve God, the true God.  10 They marvel at how expectantly you await the arrival of his Son, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescued us from certain doom.

Paul’s description of the believers in Thessalonica suggests that they typify an ideal congregation. Paul was grateful for their faith, hope, and love and that these Christian qualities revealed themselves in work, labor, and patience.

When have you walked into a group and you just knew that they got along well with one another? What were some of the ways you could see the people working together? Have you ever walked into a group and you could see that they did not work well together? Have you ever walked into a church and felt love? In what ways did you experience the feeling of love in their midst?    Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you what they like about themselves

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

Remember in Prayer: Nilkanti, Earl, Bonnie, traveling mercies for Nan & family, Becky, Kelly, Marj, Dan, Tama, Jan & 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:    For the gift of this day, O God, we give you thanks. Thank you for the groups of folks who are a sweet fragrance to you when they gather together. In what we do and say, may others see our love for you today. Amen

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Lucia

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10-18-14 Daily E-Votional

Posted October 17, 2014 by luciaoerter
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The Bucket ListSaturday, Oct. 18

1Cor. 15:12-29

Some of my packing and unpacking and repacking adventures take me past my movie collection. I watched the “Bucket List” the other night and was reminded why I love that movie so much. I’m reminded that our culture really doesn’t like to talk about death and cessation of life. Most people want to talk about cheery things so they don’t have to think about their life ticket being punched.

So many clips from the movie provide an opportunity to process what we believe about life and death. The two characters are as different as night and day in, but they share the fact that they are both cancer victims and they’ve both been given only months to live. Edward is a billionaire and that’s not the life most of us live. (Note: if there are any closet billionaires out there reading this, please contact me right away. I have an idea). The other character, Carter, is a mechanic in the work-a-day world. In the short time Edward and Carter are together, they carve out a list of things to do that they’ve always wanted to do before they kick the bucket. Their bucket list leads them on an adventure that spans the world. No matter where they go, they are reminded of the limited time they have to live their lives.

During their world travels, their conversations take them on a different kind of adventure as they confide in each other about faith and family. As they visit the pyramids, they talk about cremation versus burial with pros and cons on each side of the equation. There are moments when great facts are shared between the men. And there are deep profound moments when the two realize that those the facts do not, or will not, matter to them.

I just love that the deep conversations that occur as the two men face the realization that the moments of their lives are ticking away.

15:12   Now, let me ask you something profound yet troubling. If you became believers because you trusted the proclamation that Christ is alive, risen from the dead, how can you let people say that there is no such thing as a resurrection?  13 If there’s no resurrection, there’s no living Christ.  14 And face it—if there’s no resurrection for Christ, everything we’ve told you is smoke and mirrors, and everything you’ve staked your life on is smoke and mirrors.  15 Not only that, but we would be guilty of telling a string of barefaced lies about God, all these affidavits we passed on to you verifying that God raised up Christ—sheer fabrications, if there’s no resurrection. 

16   If corpses can’t be raised, then Christ wasn’t, because he was indeed dead.  17 And if Christ wasn’t raised, then all you’re doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever.  18 It’s even worse for those who died hoping in Christ and resurrection, because they’re already in their graves.  19 If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we’re a pretty sorry lot.  20 But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries. 

21   There is a nice symmetry in this: Death initially came by a man, and resurrection from death came by a man.  22 Everybody dies in Adam; everybody comes alive in Christ.  23 But we have to wait our turn: Christ is first, then those with him at his Coming,  24 the grand consummation when, after crushing the opposition, he hands over his kingdom to God the Father.  25 He won’t let up until the last enemy is down—  26 and the very last enemy is death!  27 As the psalmist said, “He laid them low, one and all; he walked all over them.” When Scripture says that “he walked all over them,” it’s obvious that he couldn’t at the same time be walked on.  28 When everything and everyone is finally under God’s rule, the Son will step down, taking his place with everyone else, showing that God’s rule is absolutely comprehensive—a perfect ending! 

29   Why do you think people offer themselves to be baptized for those already in the grave? If there’s no chance of resurrection for a corpse, if God’s power stops at the cemetery gates, why do we keep doing things that suggest he’s going to clean the place out someday, pulling everyone up on their feet alive? 

Paul reminds the believers in the church of Corinth that the first man, Adam, transgressed God’s law and brought sin and death into the world; the second man, Jesus Christ, was the perfect sacrifice to take away sin and bring life an resurrection to those who believe in him. Paul goes on to explain that by one man’s sin all die, whereas by one man’s obedience in Christ all shall be made alive.

When people talk about death, would you rather get out of the room or see what the others have to say? When did you first begin to put together your own beliefs about life and death? Other than burial or cremation, what do you believe happens after to you after you take your last breath? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you what they would most like to do in their life

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

Remember in Prayer: Nilkanti, Earl, Bonnie, traveling mercies for Nan & family, Becky, Kelly, Marj, Dan, Tama, Jan & 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:    Gracious God, you give us moments of life and we give you thanks. We thank you walking with us as we truly take to heart the amazing gift you have given us. May our lives powerfully reflect your love this day. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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10-17-14 Daily E-Votional

Posted October 16, 2014 by luciaoerter
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kids_whisperingFriday, Oct. 17

1Cor. 15:1-11

There are lots of reasons I loved attending church camp. I loved the outdoors, the campfires, giggling in the cabins late at night, the silly songs, and, of course, the s’mores.

We were strongly encouraged to  participate in a variety of non-competitive games. Non-competitive is good news for a person like me who doesn’t have a lot of athletic abilities. I warmed up to the idea of shared play.

This “non-competitive game playing was very different from our game playing at school. School was all about winning. When fifty campers step on the field to play non-competitive football, it’s total chaos and exhilarating at the same time. Rules like 12 players on the field or 10 yards for a first down were thrown out the window. Pretty much winning or losing the game was a non issue. At first it was frustrating to me because I couldn’t figure out who was ahead in the game. We’d execute some awesomely strategic maneuvers that had nothing to do with winning. It was about working together. It was about working together with all of those who showed up to play. Talk about a life lesson.

I think it was actually at a retreat where I first learned the game of Operator. The leaders mixed us up and then lined us up. The person at the head of the line was to whisper in the ear of the person next to him/her the exact phrase or sentences that were spoken or written for only them to hear or see. The first whispered to the second, the second to the third, and then way down at the end of the line, the person at the end of the line said what they heard whispered to them. Whatever they said was never what the exact thing that started at the beginning of the line. That game preached volumes to me.

15:1   Friends, let me go over the Message with you one final time—this Message that I proclaimed and that you made your own; this Message on which you took your stand 2 and by which your life has been saved. (I’m assuming, now, that your belief was the real thing and not a passing fancy, that you’re in this for good and holding fast.) 

3   The first thing I did was place before you what was placed so emphatically before me: that the Messiah died for our sins, exactly as Scripture tells it;  4 that he was buried; that he was raised from death on the third day, again exactly as Scripture says;  5 that he presented himself alive to Peter, then to his closest followers,  6 and later to more than five hundred of his followers all at the same time, most of them still around (although a few have since died);  7 that he then spent time with James and the rest of those he commissioned to represent him;  8 and that he finally presented himself alive to me.  9 It was fitting that I bring up the rear. I don’t deserve to be included in that inner circle, as you well know, having spent all those early years trying my best to stamp God’s church right out of existence. 

10   But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it.  11 So whether you heard it from me or from those others, it’s all the same: We spoke God’s truth and you entrusted your lives. 

Paul’s gospel to the Corinthians centered on the physical death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul had started the Corinthian church so the gospel that the Corinthians had originally received was the gospel Paul shared with them. When Paul came back to visit the church he found that some of the church leaders were already denying resurrection.

When did you first really realize that everyone did not think about things the same way that you did? What are some things that you were taught that still stay with you to this day? When have you experienced being away from a particular place or group and then finding they were a totally different group or place than when you left?   Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to say a poem they have learned

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

Remember in Prayer: Nilkanti, Earl, Bonnie, traveling mercies for Nan & family, Becky, Kelly, Marj, Dan, Tama, Jan & 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:    O God, we come into this day with thanks for your care and love for us. We thank you for the times when we clearly hear your message. Help us to speak your truth. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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10-16-14 Daily E-Votional

Posted October 15, 2014 by luciaoerter
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10157623_2Thursday, Oct. 16

1Cor. 14:26-40

When I get together with my girlfriends, there is always a sharing of what has happened in our lives. I’m going to miss being with them this December. Lots of you live in close proximity to your friends so you are probably in communication more often than 1 or 2 times a year. We cherish our time together because we know there that lots has happened between the times we meet. Over dinner, or in the evening, or over coffee, we do a catch up thing. The time sometimes begins when one person says, “you’ll remember that situation I was telling you about last time we met, well……and we fill in/or are filled in from that point on.”

Our gathering feels much like the gathering for the Presbytery of Alaska. You can well imagine that the regional body of anything in Alaska has its own obstacles in trying to gather in a place. Most everyone has to enlist the help of transportation above and beyond a car. More often than not, the pastors and elder representatives from their churches brings their families along with them as the meeting will last several days. The hosting church will find housing for all the folks who travel into their town for the meeting. Others in the community, doesn’t matter whether they are Presbyterian or not, provide housing if needed.

When I attended one of their meetings, I was on the last flight that was being allowed in because a snow storm was on its way. The attendees who arrived before the ensuing storm were the ones who began the meeting. The meetings begin with telling their story. Each church brings their story to the meeting; the births, deaths, and other events in their church since the last story/the last meeting. Every person brings something to the gathering.

And this is the case as we gather to worship our awesome God. Each of us brings our lives, and all of those God moments since the last time we gathered. I love that we gather together to worship God and gather around our stories within God’s story.

14:26   So here’s what I want you to do. When you gather for worship, each one of you be prepared with something that will be useful for all: Sing a hymn, teach a lesson, tell a story, lead a prayer, provide an insight.  27 If prayers are offered in tongues, two or three’s the limit, and then only if someone is present who can interpret what you’re saying.  28 Otherwise, keep it between God and yourself.  29 And no more than two or three speakers at a meeting, with the rest of you listening and taking it to heart.  30 Take your turn, no one person taking over.  31 Then each speaker gets a chance to say something special from God, and you all learn from each other.  32 If you choose to speak, you’re also responsible for how and when you speak.  33 When we worship the right way, God doesn’t stir us up into confusion; he brings us into harmony. This goes for all the churches—no exceptions. 

34   Wives must not disrupt worship, talking when they should be listening,  35 asking questions that could more appropriately be asked of their husbands at home. God’s Book of the law guides our manners and customs here. Wives have no license to use the time of worship for unwarranted speaking.  36 Do you—both women and men—imagine that you’re a sacred oracle determining what’s right and wrong? Do you think everything revolves around you? 

37   If any one of you thinks God has something for you to say or has inspired you to do something, pay close attention to what I have written. This is the way the Master wants it.  38 If you won’t play by these rules, God can’t use you. Sorry. 

39   Three things, then, to sum this up: When you speak forth God’s truth, speak your heart out. Don’t tell people how they should or shouldn’t pray when they’re praying in tongues that you don’t understand.  40 Be courteous and considerate in everything. 

God’s people assemble at church for one purpose: to worship God. They worship God by their praying and sing, teaching and preaching. Worship is to result in glory to God and everyone is to participate.

How does “church” tell it’s story to others? When have you most felt a church totally participate in worship? Do you think most people want to participate in worship? What are some ways your family or friends tell a story at the holidays?  Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you what they like to do together with their friends

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

Remember in Prayer: Nilkanti, Earl, Bonnie, traveling mercies for Nan & family, Becky, Kelly, Marj, Dan, Tama, Jan & 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:    It is such a joy and blessing to be surrounded by your love as we start this day, O God. Help us to be totally present as we gather with others to work and play and worship. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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10-15-14 Daily E-Votional

Posted October 14, 2014 by luciaoerter
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IMG_0499Wednesday, Oct. 15

1Cor. 14:13-25

Although I do not remember his name, one of my favorite teachers was an Arts professor at the Junior College I attended. I mostly signed up for the art class because I needed an elective and it sounded kind of easy to me. Just to clear up that assumption….. it was anything but easy. There were maybe 8 or 10 students in the pottery class so it wasn’t like I could go unnoticed.

When I signed up for the class, I knew absolutely nothing about clay. Actually, I hadn’t cared about clay or it’s consistency or color or anything about it before taking that class. I actually didn’t even know there were kinds of clay to choose from. Before that, clay was clay to me.

The professor had us experience the clay the whole time he was talking about clay. Sometimes he would ask us to use words to describe it. He asked us to roll it out, bunch it up, roll it into a ball and roll it out all over again. Then we would ask us questions again about how the consistency of the clay may have changed in that time we worked with it. I thought the guy was cuckoo.

Each of us took our ball of clay in hand and followed the professor to the kiln room. On a shelf he had quite a display of thrown and modeled pottery that was damaged in the kiln. The damage was not caused by the kiln or by the way in which the piece was placed in the kiln. The damage was caused by one piece of artwork that didn’t have all of the bubbles worked out. When that underprepared clay piece exploded in the kiln, the other pieces were damaged. All those hours of work by many young blooming artists, gone. So, a lesson I learned was that we had to not only be interested in our own clay, but in the clay of others because it made a difference to the whole. That preaches, doesn’t it?

Our next stop was to the clay prep room. The professor asked for my clump of clay and he threw it down hard. I thought he was mad and then he explained that’s how we worked the bubbles out of the clay. Perfect place for anger management classes.

It was easy to see my professor’s love and passion for what he did and what he was teaching. I kept wanting to take notes, but he said that our minds would make a mental note of the process if we totally engaged ourselves in doing what he was teaching us to do. He was not professing something, he was doing and living that something. Again, it preaches, right?

14:13   So, when you pray in your private prayer language, don’t hoard the experience for yourself. Pray for the insight and ability to bring others into that intimacy.  14 If I pray in tongues, my spirit prays but my mind lies fallow, and all that intelligence is wasted.  15 So what’s the solution? The answer is simple enough. Do both. I should be spiritually free and expressive as I pray, but I should also be thoughtful and mindful as I pray. I should sing with my spirit, and sing with my mind.  16 If you give a blessing using your private prayer language, which no one else understands, how can some outsider who has just shown up and has no idea what’s going on know when to say “Amen”?  17 Your blessing might be beautiful, but you have very effectively cut that person out of it. 

18   I’m grateful to God for the gift of praying in tongues that he gives us for praising him, which leads to wonderful intimacies we enjoy with him. I enter into this as much or more than any of you.  19 But when I’m in a church assembled for worship, I’d rather say five words that everyone can understand and learn from than say ten thousand that sound to others like gibberish. 

20   To be perfectly frank, I’m getting exasperated with your infantile thinking. How long before you grow up and use your head—your adult head? It’s all right to have a childlike unfamiliarity with evil; a simple no is all that’s needed there. But there’s far more to saying yes to something. Only mature and well-exercised intelligence can save you from falling into gullibility.  21 It’s written in Scripture that God said,

       In strange tongues and from the mouths of strangers

       I will preach to this people, but they’ll neither listen nor believe. 

22   So where does it get you, all this speaking in tongues no one understands? It doesn’t help believers, and it only gives unbelievers something to gawk at. Plain truth-speaking, on the other hand, goes straight to the heart of believers and doesn’t get in the way of unbelievers.  23 If you come together as a congregation and some unbelieving outsiders walk in on you as you’re all praying in tongues, unintelligible to each other and to them, won’t they assume you’ve taken leave of your senses and get out of there as fast as they can?  24 But if some unbelieving outsiders walk in on a service where people are speaking out God’s truth, the plain words will bring them up against the truth 25 and probe their hearts. Before you know it, they’re going to be on their faces before God, recognizing that God is among you. 

Paul wanted the Corinthians to serve and benefit each other above all. But instead they had developed the skill of attacking and neglecting each other. If each person brings to the table the ability/talent/gift that God has given each, the church will benefit.

Who are some teachers who really made an impact on your life? What things about them connected with you? How do you see that the teachers and aides and helpers all have to do their part to connect as a body that works together?

Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you about one teacher they know

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

Remember in Prayer: Nilkanti, Earl, Bonnie, traveling mercies for Nan & family, Becky, Kelly, Marj, Dan, Tama, Jan & 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:    O God, we thank you for this marvelous village of people in our lives. We thank you for the times when groups of us can work together in ways that bring out the best in each other. Help us to bring out the best in the others in our lives today. Amen

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Lucia

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10-14-14 Daily E-Votional

Posted October 13, 2014 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

psychic-fair-cancelled1Tuesday, Oct. 14

1Cor. 14:1-12

There are some people I have known in life who seem like they have that sixth sense. Judy was such a person. When I first got to know Judy, she told me a couple of stories about times when she had warned two people of something and both didn’t pay any attention to her words of warning. When I asked what happened, she shook her head and said they died.

In one instance, Judy told another person that they should not go on vacation because it seemed like something terrible was going to happen. The person decided that Judy could not possibly be right and went on vacation. The person died in a skiing accident that had nothing to do with the person’s skiing abilities. The person was on her way up the ski lift and somehow got caught on the chair. The person was hanging upside down when the ski or boot gave way. The twenty or thirty foot drop was instant death.

The second person Judy warned was a woman who was talking with Judy on the phone. The woman said that she needed to get to the store before the heavier snow would be arriving. Judy reassured the woman that she had more than enough to get her thru any blizzard that might head their way. The woman said that she had promised a co-worker that she would bake a casserole that was a new recipe she wanted to try. She had all of the ingredients except for a cup of sour cream so she knew it would be a simple and quick trip to the store. Judy tried to convince the friend to just wait a day or two, but the woman said everything would be fine and she would call Judy after she returned home. Judy tried calling the woman and got no answer. Later, Judy searched for the phone number of a relative of the woman. Judy was able to reach the sister-in-law of the woman and learned that there had been a car accident and the woman had been killed.

I was sure I would listen to Judy if she warned me about something.

14:1   Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth.  2 If you praise him in the private language of tongues, God understands you but no one else does, for you are sharing intimacies just between you and him.  3 But when you proclaim his truth in everyday speech, you’re letting others in on the truth so that they can grow and be strong and experience his presence with you. 

4   The one who prays using a private “prayer language” certainly gets a lot out of it, but proclaiming God’s truth to the church in its common language brings the whole church into growth and strength.  5 I want all of you to develop intimacies with God in prayer, but please don’t stop with that. Go on and proclaim his clear truth to others. It’s more important that everyone have access to the knowledge and love of God in language everyone understands than that you go off and cultivate God’s presence in a mysterious prayer language—unless, of course, there is someone who can interpret what you are saying for the benefit of all. 

6   Think, friends: If I come to you and all I do is pray privately to God in a way only he can understand, what are you going to get out of that? If I don’t address you plainly with some insight or truth or proclamation or teaching, what help am I to you?  7 If musical instruments—flutes, say, or harps—aren’t played so that each note is distinct and in tune, how will anyone be able to catch the melody and enjoy the music?  8 If the trumpet call can’t be distinguished, will anyone show up for the battle? 

9   So if you speak in a way no one can understand, what’s the point of opening your mouth?  10 There are many languages in the world and they all mean something to someone.  11 But if I don’t understand the language, it’s not going to do me much good.  12 It’s no different with you. Since you’re so eager to participate in what God is doing, why don’t you concentrate on doing what helps everyone in the church? 

This chapter of is a discussion of the relative value of tongues and prophesying, which seem to have been the two gifts most valued in the early church. Prophesying refers to the predicting of future events with the special aid of the Spirit. Paul encourages the church of Corinth to continue the practice of speaking in tongues as a means of spiritual edification.

Do you know any people who seem to be pretty accurate when they warn people about something that will happen in the future? Would you say that prophesying or speaking in tongues is widely used today? Would you be drawn to a church that practiced speaking in tongues? Do you know anyone who speaks in tongues?    Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you what baby talk sounds like

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

Remember in Prayer: Nilkanti, Earl, Bonnie, traveling mercies for Nan & family, Becky, Kelly, Marj, Dan, Tama, Jan & 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:    O God, we begin this day with you and in your care. We thank you for the gifts you have given each of us. Help us as your people to listen to your voice and respond to your guiding our lives. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

© 2014 Lucia Oerter

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


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