5-27-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted May 26, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Saturday, May 27

Hebrews 5:7-14

Recently I read some amazing facts about listening. It should be no surprise that we have difficulty listening. Our poor listening skills are probably a result of our being able to think faster than we can speak. Most of us speak at the rate of about 125 words per minute. However, we have the mental capacity to understand someone speaking at 400 words per minute. (if that were possible).

This difference between speaking speed and thought speed means that when we listen to the average speaker, we’re using only 25 percent of our mental capacity. We still have 75 percent to do something else. And that’s why our minds wander. That’s probably why we check out our electronic devices while “we’re still listening.”

Numerous tests confirm that we are inefficient listeners. Studies have shown that immediately after listening to a 10-minute oral presentation, the average listener has heard, understood and retained about 50 percent of what was said. Within 48 hours, that drops off another 50 percent to a final level of 25 percent efficiency.

In other words, we often comprehend and retain only one fourth of what we hear. Arrrggghh. We all want to be more than 25 percent efficient in listening, but it’s hard work to listen intently. If you’ve attended a class or conference where there was an expected level of comprehension to be attained, it becomes an exhausting exercise to listen to every word with interest.

If we attend a presentation with the thought that it is going to be dull or of no value to us, we give our mind the run of the house to think on other things during our down time. We preset our minds to not even bother with listening.

5:7  While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as he offered up priestly prayers to God. Because he honored God, God answered him.  8 Though he was God’s Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered, just as we do.  9 Then, having arrived at the full stature of his maturity and having been announced by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek, 10 he became the source of eternal salvation to all who believingly obey him.

11  I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening.  12 By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago!  13 Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways;  14 solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.

Though the author of Hebrews has much to say about Jesus’ priesthood, it will be hard to explain to the readers of this letter because they are dull of hearing. When these people heard the word of God they were not quick to accept it.

Would you say that you are a pretty good listener? How did you determine how to rate your listening abilities? When are you most likely to let your mind wander instead of listening to a person speak? Who is someone you could listen to for a very long time? What are some topics that are sure to put you to sleep? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you what makes a person a good listener

Remember in Prayer: Dave , Claire, Mason’s family & friends, Judy, Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Jane, Mason, Bonnie, Zack, Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angel

Prayer:    We thank you for this day, O God. We thank you for the gift of communicating with you and with others. Help us to listen for your word in our lives. Amen

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Lucia

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5-26-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted May 25, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Friday, May 26

Hebrews 4:14-5:6

The Wizard of Oz is one of my all time favorite movies. I’m not so excited about the wicked witch and the flying monkeys, but the rest of the characters have a friendly approachable side to them.

You’ll remember that Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. For those of us who have experienced homesickness, we would do almost anything to find home again.

I still remember how my heart sank when Toto pulled back the curtain to reveal the Wizard of Oz, a man who was just posing as a divine and all-powerful wizard. I knew Dorothy had lots of grit and would most likely make it home one way or another, but a new problem was brewing in my heart. Dorothy had home in both places, in Kansas, and in Oz. She had a new family in the scarecrow, the tinman, and the lion. If she chose to go back to Kansas, she would leave her new family of friends. If she chose to stay in Oz, she would leave her Kansas family. Given the anxiety I felt in my heart, you would have thought that I would be a homebody for the rest of my life.

Who would have thought that I would end up moving so many times in my life and I be confronted with this exact dilemma of home vs. home, over and over and over again?

4:14   Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers.  15 We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin.  16 So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.

5:1   Every high priest selected to represent men and women before God and offer sacrifices for their sins 2 should be able to deal gently with their failings, since he knows what it’s like from his own experience.  3 But that also meaos that he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins as well as the people’s.

4   No one elects himself to this honored position. He’s called to it by God, as Aaron was.  5 Neither did Christ presume to set himself up as high priest, but was set apart by the One who said to him, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate you!”  6 In another place God declares, “You’re a priest forever in the royal order of Melchizedek.” 

In the Old Testament the high priest of Israel passed through the courts and veils into the Most Holy Place. Our High Priest has passed through the heavens to the presence of God, where he sits at God’s right hand. Because of Christ’s priestly work, believers can approach God’s presence.

Where is home for you? Have you felt at home in other places you have visited? What is it that makes home a home for you? If you could go back to your childhood home today, what pieces of home would be missing? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you what they like about being at home

Remember in Prayer: Dave , Claire, Mason’s family & friends, Jane, Judy, Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mason, Bonnie, Zack, Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angel

Prayer:    O God, we find our home in you. We thank you for being that foundational home in our lives. Walk with us each day in our journey home. Amen

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Lucia

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5-25-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted May 24, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Thursday, May 25

Happy Birthday Jake!

Hebrews 2:5-18

When John and I wade in the river to fish, we fish a little and then wade and fish a little more and then wade and fish until the water level rises. Many times we fish below the dam and that means that we can pretty much count on water being released to generate energy. We have to keep an eye on the water release schedules so we have a good idea of when water is scheduled to be released. We like to know where to start our fishing day and sometimes the scheduled release of water helps us determine the best time and locations for potential fish. When the units of water are released, we have to make decisions.

One decision might be to step out of the water and wait until the water release has ended and then step back into the water to fish. Then we can stay near the same place and fish the area as the water level continues to lower.

Another decision might be to step out of the water and totally change our location. We might drive some distance down river where the release of water will take a little more time to arrive. If we do that, when the water rises in that new area, we will often go back to the dam and hope that the generations of water has ended and the water level has lowered.

There are times when John has chosen another option. That option is to stay in the water and fish down the river staying just a little ahead of the release of water. The idea is that you get more fishing in and then, when the water gets too high for safety, you can get out of the water and walk up the embankment and walk back to the truck or road to the truck. John is usually pretty good at direction when moving thru the wooded area. A few years ago he got a bit disoriented when he was moving thru the wooded area and there was no trail to be found. He had to backtrack a couple of times, but finally found the road and made it back to the truck.

2:5   God didn’t put angels in charge of this business of salvation that we’re dealing with here.  6 It says in Scripture,

 What is man and woman that you bother with them; why take a second look their way? 7 You made them not quite as high as angels, bright with Eden’s dawn light; 8 Then you put them in charge of your entire handcrafted world.

 When God put them in charge of everything, nothing was excluded. But we don’t see it yet, don’t see everything under human jurisdiction.  9 What we do see is Jesus, made “not quite as high as angels,” and then, through the experience of death, crowned so much higher than any angel, with a glory “bright with Eden’s dawn light.” In that death, by God’s grace, he fully experienced death in every person’s place.

10   It makes good sense that the God who got everything started and keeps everything going now completes the work by making the Salvation Pioneer perfect through suffering as he leads all these people to glory.  11 Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin, Jesus doesn’t hesitate to treat them as family, 12 saying, I’ll tell my good friends, my brothers and sisters, all I know about you; I’ll join them in worship and praise to you.

13 Again, he puts himself in the same family circle when he says, even I live by placing my trust in God.

 And yet again, I’m here with the children God gave me.

14 Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death 15 and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.

16  It’s obvious, of course, that he didn’t go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of Abraham. 17 That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, 18 he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.

The rule of human beings over God’s creation has been delayed because of sin. Humanity’s collusion with Satan has brought all people into collision with God.

What are some of the ways you have lost your way in life? What have you done to find your way back? When you have gotten lost in life, have you ever had to go back and ask another person for forgiveness? What are some of the ways you stay focused in life?  Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you how they keep from getting lost

Remember in Prayer: Dave , Claire, Mason’s family & friends, Jane, Judy, Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mason, Bonnie, Zack, Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angel

Prayer:    You have blessed us with this day, O God, and we give you thanks. Thank you for showering us with your protection in times when we don’t even know we are in danger. Help us to keep our focus on you and have faith that you will lead us exactly where you need us to be. Amen

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Lucia

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5-24-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted May 23, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Wednesday, May 24

James 5:13-18

Many years ago our youth group went on a mission trip to a church up north somewhere. The mission work was helping clear out a building that would be used as a youth center. In addition to clearing out stuff, we had painting to do along with some other odds and ends to get the place ready for use. We arrived Friday night, worked all day Saturday, and then led music in church on Sunday morning before driving back home.

On the Friday night of our trip, our group dispersed to the many homes where we would be staying. I was dropped off at my host’s house. The parents and their two sons were wonderful in welcoming me into their home. The younger of the two sons was letting me use his room while our group was in town. He showed me his closet and the place he cleared out for me to hang my clothes. He told me that the quilt on his bed was made out of his hold jeans and how it helped him remember that he was growing up and how much his mother loved him. He was such a sweet little guy. Pretty soon his parents and other brother appeared in the doorway and asked if I would join the family during their evening prayer time. The dad led a short devotional and asked each of us to tell about the highlight of our day. That was followed by the prayer time. Each of the family members gave thanks for our team being there and thanks for the many folks who opened their homes to our group. I offered some words of thanks for the dear family that was hosting me. That was the absolute coolest.

5:13   Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing.  14 Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master.  15 Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out.

16   Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.  17 Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t—not a drop for three and a half years.  18 Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again.

James reminds the readers to turn to God in good times as well as bad. Prayer and praise are important parts in the lives of Christ. By using the example of Elijah, James is showing the reader that anyone who is right with God can pray strong prayers.

When do you feel that you have been most involved in a prayer? What was the occasion? In general, would you rather someone else pray and not yourself? How do you know that a prayer has been answered? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you what people do when they pray

Remember in Prayer: Dave , Claire, Mason’s family & friends, Jane, Judy, Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mason, Bonnie, Zack, Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angel

Prayer:    For this day and for your love, we give you thanks, O God. Thank you for the abundance of blessings you have given to us. Bless us and bless this day, that we may be of service to you. Amen

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Lucia

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5-23-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted May 22, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Tuesday, May 23

James 1:16-27

A few years ago, I attended a training for Transitional ministers. I had completed the training, but I wanted a refresher course. One of the books on our reading list was the book, Switch, by brothers, Chip and Dan Heath. It was published some years ago, but still right on target. I found it to be a fascinating book just full of practical information.

What I appreciate is that the book was about change. Maybe I should say that the book is about our resistance to change. Change is not inherently frightening, but our ability to alter our habits can be complicated by the disconnect between our rational and irrational minds: the self that wants to be swimsuit-season ready and the self that acquiesces to another slice of cake anyway. The trick is to find the balance between our powerful drives and our reason.

wpid-Mar08_RL3aThe Heath brothers start with the analogy set out in The Happiness Hypothesis (by Jonathan Haidt):

Haidt says that our emotional side is an Elephant and our rational side is its Rider. Perched atop the Elephant, the Rider holds the reins and seems to be the leader. But the Rider’s control is precarious because the Rider is so small relative to the Elephant. Anytime the six-ton Elephant and the Rider disagree about which direction to go, the Rider is going to lose.

In short, the Heaths’ hypothesis is: to bring about change, we have to: Direct the Rider; Motivate the Elephant; Shape the Path.

I just loved the book, but I like to learn about change and learn about why we do some of the things we do. Just interesting wiring we have in our brains. Understanding how we operate is so very important in our interactions and in realizing why we do what we do.

16   So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course.  17 Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle.  18 He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.

19   Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear.  20 God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger.  21 So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.

22   Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!  23 Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror,  24 walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.

25   But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.

26   Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air.  27 Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.

James says that enduring trials leads to a crown of life and yielding to temptation can lead to physical death. When someone wrongs us, the natural reaction is to retaliate. But James says those kinds of reactions do not glorify God.

In what circumstances do you feel you have the toughest time resisting temptation? Are there ways you keep yourself from being tempted? What are some ways you have, in a healthy way, resisted temptation? Do you believe you would have been a child who ate the marshmallow right away?  Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you what things they do when they have to wait

Remember in Prayer: Dave , Claire, Mason’s family & friends, Jane, Judy, Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mason, Bonnie, Zack, Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angel

Prayer:    We come before you in thanks, O God. Thank you for the blessing of this day and for the gift of life. Give us the strength to resist temptation. Amen

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Lucia

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5-22-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted May 21, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Monday, May 22

James 1:1-15

For the first three years of my teen years, I attended Cotillion dance classes. One of my favorite friends to hang out with at the lesson and dance time was my school friend, Tina. There was something quite matter-of-fact about her and relaxed. She didn’t seem to be caught up in the glitter and social status thing that consumed so many others. We laughed on the sidelines about silly things; things we thought were silly.

In my second or third year of Cotillion, I remember my mother telling me that Tina’s mother had died and it was quite sudden. I tried to imagine what it must have been like for Tina and her siblings to go through such a horrible loss so early in life. A little over a week later, Tina’s father died of a heart attack. I remember the heaviness of that news settling in to my being. I knew that Tina’s siblings were older than she was, but I wondered how Tina would move on in life with such loss. I believed Tina and her siblings moved, but I don’t know where.

It seems like some years later I got word that two of Tina’s siblings died of cancer. I just don’t understand how people can get up out of bed and move about in the world after this kind of loss happens. It am always amazed at how folks persevere in situations that just don’t seem navigable.

1   I, James, am a slave of God and the Master Jesus, writing to the twelve tribes scattered to Kingdom Come: Hello! 

2   Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.  3 You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.  4 So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. 

5   If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it.  6 Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves.  7 Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way,  8 adrift at sea, keeping all your options open. 

9   When down-and-outers get a break, cheer!  10 And when the arrogant rich are brought down to size, cheer! Prosperity is as short-lived as a wildflower, so don’t ever count on it.  11 You know that as soon as the sun rises, pouring down its scorching heat, the flower withers. Its petals wilt and, before you know it, that beautiful face is a barren stem. Well, that’s a picture of the “prosperous life.” At the very moment everyone is looking on in admiration, it fades away to nothing. 

12   Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life. 

13   Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way.  14 The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust.  15 Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer. 

James writes about perseverance and how, in a time of suffering, perseverance is the ability to go on, waiting and calmly and in joy for that glad day when God will wipe away all tears.

Who are some people you have witnessed going thru incredibly difficult times? What are some ways you have seen people cope in times of loss? If someone told you that it was good to have difficult times in your life because it helps you learn how to persevere, how do you think you would react to their thought?

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

Remember in Prayer: Dave , Claire, Mason’s family & friends, Jane, Judy, Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mason, Bonnie, Zack, Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angel

Prayer:    We love you, O God, and we thank you for each moment you give to us. We thank you for the events that happen in our lives that truly instruct us and help us face future difficult times.

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Lucia

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5-21-17 Daily E-Votional

Posted May 20, 2017 by luciaoerter
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Sunday, May 21

1Timothy 3:14-4:5

Sometimes the group thing just doesn’t go as we might hope.

Some years ago, a friend of mine came to town wanting to visit with me. I already had a party I was going to attend during her visit so I was a little worried what to do. I asked another friend what she would do in a similar situation and she said that she would go ahead and invite the friend to come along to the party. I have to add that this friend I was asking was the one who was throwing the party I would attend. She quipped, “A friend of yours is a friend of mine.”

I knew some of the guests who would be in attendance and I was relatively sure that they were quite fine with my out-of-town guest joining in the fun. When my friend arrived in town, I told her that we were both invited to a party one of the evenings. She seemed pleased to be invited to the party. It ended up that it wasn’t as much fun as we envisioned.

The visiting friend was comfortable with me, but not comfortable with the others. The visiting friend kept speaking to me but she was pretty disinterested in striking up a  conversation with any of the other attendees. I found that I was really getting annoyed with her insistence to speak with just me. I must have assumed that she would strike up conversation with others and mingle thru the evening.

Once the evening was over, I was quite relieved and I know that she must have been as well. The rest of the visit was wonderful.

Note to self. Don’t assume one friend is a friend to all of your other friends just by association.

3:14   I hope to visit you soon, but just in case I’m delayed, I’m writing this letter so 15 you’ll know how things ought to go in God’s household, this God-alive church, bastion of truth.  16 This Christian life is a great mystery, far exceeding our understanding, but some things are clear enough:

       He appeared in a human body, was proved right by the invisible Spirit, was seen by angels. He was proclaimed among all kinds of peoples, believed in all over the world, taken up into heavenly glory. 

4:1   The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars.  2 These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth.  3 They will tell you not to get married. They’ll tell you not to eat this or that food—perfectly good food God created to be eaten heartily and with thanksgiving by Christians!  4 Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out.  5 God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy.

Paul’s reason for writing his first letter to Timothy was to give him instructions on how a local assembly and its leadership should function. Misconduct and disorder in the local church weaken the support of God’s truth in the world.

When have you been part of a group that has worked wonderfully together? When have you been part of a group that didn’t get along as a whole? When have you witnessed church members not getting along with other church members? What is one way you try to get along while in a group?

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you why a team needs to work together

Remember in Prayer: Dave , Claire, Mason’s family & friends, Jane, Judy, Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue

And those experiencing loss – family and friends of:  Mason, Bonnie, Zack, Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angel

Prayer:    O God, thank you for this day. Thank you for loving us. Help us to be team players who will work together to accomplish what you place before us. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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