7-30-15 Daily E-Votional

Posted July 29, 2015 by luciaoerter
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bath TimeThursday, Jul. 30

Mark 7:1-23

When I was pretty young, there were a few occasions when I spent the night at my grandparent’s house. My grandmother would pick me up from my home and take me to their apartment. The very first thing that she would do was say that I needed to get cleaned up because my grandfather would be home soon. That meant that I would have to take a bath and she would scrub me like it was the very first bath of my lifetime. I could tell by the way that she was bathing me that she was mad at me or mad at something about me.

After the bath she would check through the clothes I brought along to see the condition or size I suppose. My grandfather would get home and not long after that, it was time for bed. It was always excruciating for me because it was always so early to go to bed. While my grandfather slept in the other room, I slept in my grandmother’s room and she snored up a storm. Her snoring scared me and the uncertainty of my surroundings was unsettling. I usually cried myself to sleep.

In the morning we would have breakfast with my grandfather and then my grandmother would take me shopping. She usually bought me a couple of outfits for school, a pair of shoes and maybe some underwear. I think the reason I must have been staying at her house was focused on shopping for school clothes.

After shopping in the morning we would join my grandfather for lunch. The afternoon was filled with mostly errands and preparation for dinner. When my grandfather arrived home from work, my grandmother would have me give a little style show for my grandfather. My grandmother would say that I could keep the clothes if my grandfather approved of them. My grandmother was the one who would make the decisions so even though she asked my grandfather for his decision, she was the one deciding. I was always so happy to go home.

I stopped going to visit my grandparents because I didn’t like the feeling of not being good enough or clean enough for them.

7:1 The Pharisees, along with some religion scholars who had come from Jerusalem, gathered around him. 2 They noticed that some of his disciples weren’t being careful with ritual washings before meals. 3 The Pharisees—Jews in general, in fact—would never eat a meal without going through the motions of a ritual hand-washing, 4 with an especially vigorous scrubbing if they had just come from the market (to say nothing of the scourings they’d give jugs and pots and pans).

5 The Pharisees and religion scholars asked, “Why do your disciples flout the rules, showing up at meals without washing their hands?”

6 Jesus answered, “Isaiah was right about frauds like you, hit the bull’s-eye in fact: These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their heart isn’t in it. 7 They act like they are worshiping me, but they don’t mean it. They just use me as a cover for teaching whatever suits their fancy, 8 Ditching God’s command and taking up the latest fads.”

9 He went on, “Well, good for you. You get rid of God’s command so you won’t be inconvenienced in following the religious fashions!

10 Moses said, “Respect your father and mother,” and, “Anyone denouncing father or mother should be killed.”  11 But you weasel out of that by saying that it’s perfectly acceptable to say to father or mother, Gift! What I owed you I’ve given as a gift to God,  12 thus relieving yourselves of obligation to father or mother. 13 You scratch out God’s Word and scrawl a whim in its place. You do a lot of things like this.”

14 Jesus called the crowd together again and said, “Listen now, all of you—take this to heart. 15 It’s not what you swallow that pollutes your life; it’s what you vomit—that’s the real pollution.”

17 When he was back home after being with the crowd, his disciples said, “We don’t get it. Put it in plain language.”

18 Jesus said, “Are you being willfully stupid? Don’t you see that what you swallow can’t contaminate you? 19 It doesn’t enter your heart but your stomach, works its way through the intestines, and is finally flushed.” (That took care of dietary quibbling; Jesus was saying that all foods are fit to eat.) 20 He went on: “It’s what comes out of a person that pollutes:

21 obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, 22 greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness—23 all these are vomit from the heart. There is the source of your pollution.”

The Jews had a special way to wash their hands before a meal. The hand washing was a ceremony that had nothing to do with removing dirt. It made sure that they had separated themselves from anything unclean. Certain foods were unclean and they believed Gentiles were unclean. Jesus wanted the people to realize that the Pharisees’ idea of unclean was wrong. The Pharisees thought that in order to be holy they must obey special rules about washing. That was wrong. God wanted people to have good thoughts and to obey his laws.

When have you most been in the presence of someone who was unclean inside? What were some ways that made you aware of the person’s uncleanliness of heart? Did you find that you wanted to be around the person or get away from them? When have you felt like just being around an unclean person was somehow going to make you unclean? What are some of the family rules you have had about cleanliness?  Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you what a person needs to get clean

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

Remember in Prayer: Phyllis & family, Natalie, Mary, Vivian, Charleston community, Martha, Pastor Kamya, Bonnie & Courtney, Mark, Michael, Kelly, Sawyer, People of Nepal, Patrick, Roger, Sue, Katie, Marnie, Missy, Jeremy, Ginger, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.

Prayer Request: Asking prayers for Phyllis and her family on the loss of Ward, who was one of the bedrock members of our church and a wonderful friend to many.  Thanks, Barb

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Ward, Amy, Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, David

Prayer: As we begin this day, we begin with you, O God. We give you thanks for the hope of these days that are feeling less like winter and more like spring. Examine our hearts and help us come clean with you. Amen

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Lucia

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7-29-15 Daily E-Votional

Posted July 28, 2015 by luciaoerter
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fog and fly fishingWednesday, Jul. 29

Mark 6:47-56

Blinding Night.

One of the first fishing trips John and I took was a memorable one for sure. It may have been the second trip because I remember staying in a cabin which was a notch above our previous experience of sleeping in a tent close to the river.

I was still a novice at fly fishing, but I learned lots about tailwater fishing, dam release, and the crazy winsome and adventuresome anglers. Another angler, staying in a cabin nearby, joined us out on the porch one night. We started sharing our fishing stories during the day and the young man shared his big success with night time fishing. This was a new concept to me. It was the night fishing in the world of fly fishing that intrigued me. Then he invited us to join him on the river to fish at midnight. He said that some of the best fishing occurred late at night.

Fly fishing at night was confusing to me because, while the days were blazing hot, after the sun set, things cooled off and a thick blanket of fog was common. The term “pea soup” comes to mind. I couldn’t envision how a person could fish in the thick fog. I couldn’t figure out how one would even know if they were getting near the water, about to run into a huge rock, or on the verge of falling into a big crevice in the river. Even though I was new, I had enough fly fishing knowledge to know that fly fishing involves both back and forward casts that often connect with trees, shrubs, rocks, and people if you don’t turn around and check to see if anyone is there.

That night, I tagged along and attended as an observer although there was not much to observe given the dense fog. John and I didn’t stay long, but I don’t remember any fish being caught.

We left and the young man fished on.

6:47 Late at night, the boat was far out at sea; Jesus was still by himself on land. 48 He could see his men struggling with the oars, the wind having come up against them. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them, walking on the sea. He intended to go right by them.  49 But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and screamed, scared out of their wits.

50 Jesus was quick to comfort them: “Courage! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

51 As soon as he climbed into the boat, the wind died down. They were stunned, shaking their heads, wondering what was going on. 52 They didn’t understand what he had done at the supper. None of this had yet penetrated their hearts.

53 They beached the boat at Gennesaret and tied up at the landing.  54 As soon as they got out of the boat, word got around fast.  55 People ran this way and that, bringing their sick on stretchers to where they heard he was.  56 Wherever he went, village or town or country crossroads, they brought their sick to the marketplace and begged him to let them touch the edge of his coat—that’s all. And whoever touched him became well.

Jesus came out on the water around three o’clock in the early morning. It was near the time of Passover, when the whole of the moon would be shining so there was probably some light from the moon on the lake. Jesus could see that the disciples were struggling against a strong wind to reach the other side.

When you look back on your life, what are some times of darkness that have been overwhelming to you? Were you aware of God’s presence with you? Was the anything that another human being could have done to help? When have you witnessed another friend going thru a time of darkness in their life? Were you able to provide any help or reassurance to them during their time of darkness? Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you when they have been very very sad

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

Remember in Prayer: Natalie, Mary, Vivian, Charleston community, Martha, Pastor Kamya, Bonnie & Courtney, Mark, Michael, Kelly, Sawyer, People of Nepal, Patrick, Roger, Sue, Katie, Marnie, Missy, Jeremy, Ginger, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Amy, Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, David

Prayer: O God, we thank you for this day and for your love. We thank you for walking with us thru all of our days. When our hearts are overwhelmed with grief or fear or tragedy, we would ask that you hold us close to you. Protect us and guide us in those times and in our every-days. Amen

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Lucia

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7-28-15 Daily E-Votional

Posted July 27, 2015 by luciaoerter
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kite-flyingTuesday, Jul. 28

Mark 6:30-46

Rising to the occassion.

On these really hot days in Texas, I try to remember cooler days from the past. Those kind of memories take me back to the days of gentle breezes and kite flying in my childhood. I think that the price of a kite back in those days was maybe 15 cents for the basic paper option. The string to fly the kite was the kicker. I don’t really think it was expensive except when there was a need for more than one ball of string.

Kite flying was much more than a one person operation. It was definitely a neighborhood event. We lived in a residential section with lots of tall and full trees and telephone poles. We had to be very careful about where we were launching into our endeavor because it could come to a screeching halt in seconds if the kite connected with the wires or the trees.

There were very few times when I actually got to hold the kite because it was my brother or his friends who bought the kite. One day, a bunch of us from the neighborhood got a kite up in the air and it connected with the wind and was flying beautifully. It was way up in the air, becoming just a little tiny speck in the sky. That kite speck in the sky was demanding more and more string. During one of those moments of frantically searching for, or buying more string at the store, I think I got to hold the kite with strict instructions to not let the kite break off or run out of string.

A neighbor kid, Steve Calderon, returned to the scene and tied on his new purchase of string. He took over the kite and was barking out orders in his usual mass hysteria way, trying to solve the issue of needing yet another ball of string. The kite kept tugging pretty hard and then something snapped and the kite was on its own voyage. Steve and the other guys jumped on their bikes and tried to peddle their way to locate the kite but to no avail. I think they dreamed of the kite making it miles and miles and states and states away before it crashed to the ground.

I was so amazed at the kite being able to just fly, and then fly away on its own course. The need to have each person bring some string to help was amazing. Steve kept talking about all of the money he spent on buying string. It was a cool thing to all feel like we were involved.

6:30 The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught.  31 Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat.

32   So they got in the boat and went off to a remote place by themselves.

33 Someone saw them going and the word got around. From the surrounding towns people went out on foot, running, and got there ahead of them.

34 When Jesus arrived, he saw this huge crowd. At the sight of them, his heart broke—like sheep with no shepherd they were. He went right to work teaching them.

35 When his disciples thought this had gone on long enough—it was now quite late in the day—they interrupted: “We are a long way out in the country, and it’s very late. 36 Pronounce a benediction and send these folks off so they can get some supper.”

37 Jesus said, “You do it. Fix supper for them.” They replied, “Are you serious? You want us to go spend a fortune on food for their supper?”

38 But he was quite serious. “How many loaves of bread do you have? Take an inventory.”

That didn’t take long. “Five,” they said, “plus two fish.”

39 Jesus got them all to sit down in groups of fifty or a hundred—they looked like a patchwork quilt of wildflowers spread out on the green grass!

41 He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples, and the disciples in turn gave it to the people. He did the same with the fish.

42 They all ate their fill. 43 The disciples gathered twelve baskets of leftovers.  44 More than five thousand were at the supper.

45 As soon as the meal was finished, Jesus insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead across to Bethsaida while he dismissed the congregation. 46 After sending them off, he climbed a mountain to pray.

The very small amount of food became enough for the crowd of over five thousand people to have plenty to eat; actually, more than enough. There were even 12 baskets of pieces left over. Some say that one boy offered his small supply and then, all the people began to share their food, but what we know is that everyone had plenty to eat and there were still 12 baskets left over. To me it sounds more like God plentifully providing.

When have you really wanted to get away from it all and another situation got right in the way? How did you deal with the situation? When have you been faced with an overwhelming request that seemed to be much more than you could deliver? How did you find a way thru and how was the situation resolved? When has a situation been placed before you in a seemingly inconvenient time but ended up being almost providential in its being there right at the right time? In our story today, is it likely that you would have been a person who would have been calculating the costs of trying to feed all of those people?  Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you what they would do if their kite was flying and they ran out of more string

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

Remember in Prayer: Natalie, Mary, Vivian, Charleston community, Martha, Pastor Kamya, Bonnie & Courtney, Mark, Michael, Kelly, Sawyer, People of Nepal, Patrick, Roger, Sue, Katie, Marnie, Missy, Jeremy, Ginger, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Amy, Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, David

Prayer: O God, we come before you this day in thanks. We thank you for having things so wonderfully in your care. It is quite possible that this day will bring things that we did not expect. Help us to remember that you call us to do what we can do and not what we cannot do. May our eyes and ears and hearts stay open to the possibilities you place before us this day. Amen

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Lucia

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7-27-15 Daily E-Votional

Posted July 26, 2015 by luciaoerter
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B08 Teen Girls.JPGMonday, Jul. 27

Mark 6:14-29

Beware of the dancing girls. When I was in the seventh grade, a new family moved into the neighborhood. One of the girls in that family was in my class at school. She had moved from somewhere far away and acted different than other kids I knew. She was more worldly in different kind of ways. She wanted me to be her friend but I could tell that she needed for me to be more like her than be like myself. She was really into makeup and wanted to put makeup on my face. That was a disaster. I noticed that the makeup looked horrible on my face, but she kept saying that it looked great.

Some of my other friends at school pulled me aside one day when the girl was absent. They asked me what was up with the girl. I didn’t know what was up with her. I didn’t really understand her but I couldn’t put my finger on how I really felt about her. I didn’t dislike her, but I also didn’t feel like we shared anything in common.

One of my friends said that the new girl was trying to take all of the guys away from their girlfriends. I didn’t have a boyfriend so I didn’t really understand what they were talking about. Another friend said she just didn’t like the way the new girl looked. She didn’t go into more detail so I didn’t know what she meant. Then those two friends asked me what I really thought about her. Now, if you’ve been in that situation, especially during the junior high part of the situation, you know what a predicament I was facing. I was pretty sure that I had to say something that I didn’t like about her because these other friends were going to be on my case if I said I liked her.

Actually, I said something like the new girl was nice to me one day and she hadn’t done anything wrong to me. The girl ended up moving away with her family only a few months after they had moved into our neighborhood.

6:14   King Herod heard of all this, for by this time the name of Jesus was on everyone’s lips. He said, “This has to be John the Baptizer come back from the dead—that’s why he’s able to work miracles!”

15 Others said, “No, it’s Elijah.”

Others said, “He’s a prophet, just like one of the old-time prophets.”

16 But Herod wouldn’t budge: “It’s John, sure enough. I cut off his head, and now he’s back, alive.”

17 Herod was the one who had ordered the arrest of John, put him in chains, and sent him to prison at the nagging of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife.  18 For John had provoked Herod by naming his relationship with Herodias “adultery.”  19 Herodias, smoldering with hate, wanted to kill him, but didn’t dare

20 because Herod was in awe of John. Convinced that he was a holy man, he gave him special treatment. Whenever he listened to him he was miserable with guilt—and yet he couldn’t stay away. Something in John kept pulling him back.

21 But a portentous day arrived when Herod threw a birthday party, inviting all the brass and bluebloods in Galilee.  22 Herodias’s daughter entered the banquet hall and danced for the guests. She dazzled Herod and the guests.

The king said to the girl, “Ask me anything. I’ll give you anything you want.”

23 Carried away, he kept on, “I swear, I’ll split my kingdom with you if you say so!”

24   She went back to her mother and said, “What should I ask for?”

“Ask for the head of John the Baptizer.”

25   Excited, she ran back to the king and said, “I want the head of John the Baptizer served up on a platter. And I want it now!”

26   That sobered the king up fast. But unwilling to lose face with his guests, he caved in and let her have her wish.  27 The king sent the executioner off to the prison with orders to bring back John’s head. He went, cut off John’s head,  28 brought it back on a platter, and presented it to the girl, who gave it to her mother.  29 When John’s disciples heard about this, they came and got the body and gave it a decent burial.

Usually it is right to keep a promise, but Herod’s promise had been a foolish one. It would have been right not to do it; not to follow thru, but he was afraid that his guests would laugh at him. He was too proud to refuse their request so he made his soldiers kill John.

When have you been asked how you feel about someone? Do you ever find yourself being reserved in the answer you give? Why do you think the other person was asking you for your thoughts? What things did you take into consideration before you gave an answer? Have you ever made a promise that you pretty much knew you wouldn’t be able to keep?  Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you about a friend of theirs

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

Remember in Prayer: Natalie, Mary, Vivian, Charleston community, Martha, Pastor Kamya, Bonnie & Courtney, Mark, Michael, Kelly, Sawyer, People of Nepal, Patrick, Roger, Sue, Katie, Marnie, Missy, Jeremy, Ginger, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Amy, Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, David

Prayer: We love you, O God, and we thank you for the gift of this day. Thank you for the gift of friends. Be with us in our conversations. Teach us what it means to walk in your ways and be loving of others. That’s quite enough for today. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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7-26-15 Daily E-Votional

Posted July 25, 2015 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

housing-header-imageSunday, Jul. 26

Psalm 67

There’s something pretty cool about living in a community that is safe and welcoming. Not every place I’ve lived in has been safe. I remember living at Northern Baptist Seminary in a suburb of Chicago for some months. Living there was certainly an example of what it means to live in safe community. You may not be able to go into every neighborhood in Chicago-land and expect that it would be safe. That’s pretty much not the case. All I know is that the seminary apartment experience was probably the definition of what it means to live in safe community.

After I had moved my things into my new apartment, I carted some cleaning things out to the car to take to the old apartment so I could begin the clean up. As I arrived at my old apartment, I got out of the car and decided that I could take the box of supplies and the vacuum and put it on the patio while I went around to open up the sliding glass door from inside the apartment. I took a box to the patio and went back to the car to get the vacuum. I looked in the back seat and the front seat and realized that I never put the vacuum in the car. It’s that awkward moment when I realized the vacuum was sitting in the parking lot back at the seminary, or at least it was sitting in the parking lot when I left the seminary.

It became a quicker trip than I had wished but I had to go back to see if the vacuum was still where I had left it. As I was driving back to the seminary, I even thought about stopping to get a new vacuum at the store. By the looks of the packed store parking lot, I knew that it would not be a quick trip to the store. Instead of stopping at the store, I drove the next couple of miles back to my new place. I pulled into the parking lot at the seminary and there was my vacuum, right where I left it. Northern Baptist Seminary became one of the safest, warm and welcoming communities in which I have ever lived.

1 God, mark us with grace and blessing! Smile!

2 The whole country will see how you work, all the godless nations see how you save.

3 God! Let people thank and enjoy you. Let all people thank and enjoy you.

4 Let all far-flung people become happy and shout their happiness because you judge them fair and square, you tend the far-flung peoples.

5 God! Let people thank and enjoy you. Let all people thank and enjoy you.

6 Earth, display your exuberance! You mark us with blessing, O God, our God.

7 You mark us with blessing, O God. Earth’s four corners—honor him!

The Psalm is antiphonal; one group singing their verses and the next group sings their response. You will notice that verse three and five are the same. Praise is the first human re-action to God’s action and dependence upon God follows.

Consider a time when you have really enjoyed the community you lived in. What was it about the community that really made you feel a part of things? What are your thoughts about the current community in which you live? What things could be better about your current community? What are some times in your community when the residents have gathered together? What things would you expect to find in a Christian community? Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today:    Ask a child to tell you what they know about the people in their neighborhood

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

Remember in Prayer: Natalie, Mary, Vivian, Charleston community, Martha, Pastor Kamya, Bonnie & Courtney, Mark, Michael, Kelly, Sawyer, People of Nepal, Patrick, Roger, Sue, Katie, Marnie, Missy, Jeremy, Ginger, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Amy, Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, David

Prayer:    We love you, O God, and we thank you for the gift of community. Thank you for the times when we have experienced Christian community and for the times when we have welcomed others and have extended hospitality to others. Amen 

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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7-25-15 Daily E-Votional

Posted July 24, 2015 by luciaoerter
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Mar13Saturday, Jul. 25

Mark 6:1-13

There was a friend I had many years ago who would never let an opportunity pass without helping others know how academically accelerated her children were, especially when compared with other children.

Before she was a stay-at-home mom, she taught in elementary school. Her oldest daughter was the same age as my oldest and her daughter was reading books and writing simple reports by the age of 5. Feeling vulnerable, I wondered how far behind my daughter was in the whole scheme of things. She freely suggested that anyone’s child probably had the capability of being brilliant, but the parents needed to be proactive and always stimulating their minds academically.

My friend ran a small daycare business in her house and she was one of the most organized daycare providers ever. She gave her oldest daughter projects to do or books to read while the other children played. In their car and in their house, my friend had stacks and stacks of worksheets for both her daughters to complete. If there was a free moment, she had her children doing worksheets. “Always something they can improve on”, she would say.

The younger sister of this very gifted five year old was not as eager to embrace the academics. Even at the young age of 3, the sister was more than able to provide the answers her mother wanted, but she was much more interested in playing with dolls and playing with other children. She was what I would call the much more social child of the two and liked the social interaction with other children. When she was compared to her older sister, and she often was compared, she definitely did not, in her mother’s eyes, have anywhere near the same rank in status as her older sister.

I often wondered how these girls moved on in life. I’m guessing that they are pretty successful.

6:1   He left there and returned to his hometown. His disciples came along.  2 On the Sabbath, he gave a lecture in the meeting place. He made a real hit, impressing everyone. “We had no idea he was this good!” they said. “How did he get so wise all of a sudden, get such ability?”

3   But in the next breath they were cutting him down: “He’s just a carpenter—Mary’s boy. We’ve known him since he was a kid. We know his brothers, James, Justus, Jude, and Simon, and his sisters. Who does he think he is?” They tripped over what little they knew about him and fell, sprawling. And they never got any further.

4   Jesus told them, “A prophet has little honor in his hometown, among his relatives, on the streets he played in as a child.”  5 Jesus wasn’t able to do much of anything there—he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them, that’s all.  6 He couldn’t get over their stubbornness. He left and made a circuit of the other villages, teaching.

7   Jesus called the Twelve to him, and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority and power to deal with the evil opposition.  8 He sent them off with these instructions:

 “Don’t think you need a lot of extra equipment for this. You are the equipment. No special appeals for funds. Keep it simple.

10   “And no luxury inns. Get a modest place and be content there until you leave.

11   “If you’re not welcomed, not listened to, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way.”

12   Then they were on the road. They preached with joyful urgency that life can be radically different;  13 right and left they sent the demons packing; they brought wellness to the sick, anointing their bodies, healing their spirits. 

The people in Nazareth recognized that Jesus was wise and they recognized that he could perform miracles. But they could not believe that Jesus came with God’s message. They saw Jesus as only the carpenter. Jesus had worked among the people so the people thought that he could not be anyone special. The people may also have been jealous of Jesus. They thought that God could not work in a special way by means of someone like Jesus because they knew him as one of them.

How do you believe God goes about choosing people to do particular things? What extraordinary things have you seen ordinary people do? What things do you believe others think you could never do? What things have you done that you never thought you would be able to do? What are some of the ways you have seen God use you? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you about some people God used in amazing ways

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

Remember in Prayer: Natalie, Mary, Vivian, Charleston community, Martha, Pastor Kamya, Bonnie & Courtney, Mark, Michael, Kelly, Sawyer, People of Nepal, Patrick, Roger, Sue, Katie, Marnie, Missy, Jeremy, Ginger, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Amy, Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, David

Prayer:    We love you, O God, and we give you thanks for this day. Thank you for loving us and using each one of us to accomplish something for you. Whatever you place before us this day, please let us serve you well. Amen

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Lucia 

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7-24-15 Daily E-Votional

Posted July 23, 2015 by luciaoerter
Categories: God Stuff

Mar12Friday, Jul. 24

Mark 5:21-43

When I worked in the elementary school as an At-Risk-Aide, there was a boy who came into my office to work thru a situation he had just experienced. I think he might have been in fourth or fifth grade at the time. When I visited with the boy before, it was usually because his teacher sent him to me for behavioral issues. He took medication for hyperactivity and sometimes he was just over the top. He would come to my office to move thru whatever it was that was getting in the way of his being able to sit thru classwork or instruction time. At times he needed his Ritalin and at other times, he needed the Ritalin to wear off.

One day he had asked his teacher if he could come to see me. When he stepped in my office, he was wiping the tears off his face. He had to sit and cry a bit before he could actually find the words to describe what was going on. He collected himself and said that he wanted to be liked by other kids and he wondered if I could do something that could make him better so others would accept him. I asked him to tell me why he thought the other kids didn’t like him. That’s when he began crying again and said that he just didn’t get why they were calling him names. He said that he didn’t know why the other kids were calling him “Poacher” and that he didn’t know what Poacher meant. I asked him to tell me what happened right before they called him poacher.

The boy explained that his classroom brought an incubator to the room to help the children see that eggs hatch into chicks. They were a few days into the experiment and the boy said that he came in from recess and he thought the area around the incubator seemed too cool so he turned up the temperature dial because he wanted them to stay warm.

He said that he wanted the other students to quit calling him Poacher and he wanted to go get fixed so he could have friends.

21 After Jesus crossed over by boat, a large crowd met him at the seaside. 22 One of the meeting-place leaders named Jairus came. When he saw Jesus, he fell to his knees, 23 beside himself as he begged, “My dear daughter is at death’s door. Come and lay hands on her so she will get well and live.” 24 Jesus went with him, the whole crowd tagging along, pushing and jostling him.

25 A woman who had suffered a condition of hemorrhaging for twelve years— 26 a long succession of physicians had treated her, and treated her badly, taking all her money and leaving her worse off than before— 27 had heard about Jesus. She slipped in from behind and touched his robe. 28 She was thinking to herself, “If I can put a finger on his robe, I can get well.” 29 The moment she did it, the flow of blood dried up. She could feel the change and knew her plague was over and done with.

30 At the same moment, Jesus felt energy discharging from him. He turned around to the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”

31 His disciples said, “What are you talking about? With this crowd pushing and jostling you, you’re asking, ‘Who touched me?’ Dozens have touched you!”

32 But he went on asking, looking around to see who had done it. 

Jairus was an important official and was responsible to arrange all that happened in the meeting place. To approach Jesus, Jairus not only needed courage, but he needed to forget his own importance. Jairus’ daughter couldn’t ask Jesus for healing because her illness made her unclean to be around others. She simply reached out and touched Jesus’ robe and she was healed.

What are some medical situations today where people may not feel free to go and ask a person for help? What is a situation you have been in where you wanted to just have a magic wand passed over you to make everything better? Who is a person you know who is really struggling with an illness that doesn’t seem to have any treatment? Have a Day!

In Conversation with a child:    Ask a child to tell you the easiest way to get over a cold

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

Remember in Prayer: Natalie, Mary, Vivian, Charleston community, Martha, Pastor Kamya, Bonnie & Courtney, Mark, Michael, Kelly, Sawyer, People of Nepal, Patrick, Roger, Sue, Katie, Marnie, Missy, Jeremy, Ginger, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Amy, Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, David

Prayer:    We love you, O God, and we thank you so much for your love. We know that we are to trust you and have faith that you will care for our every need. May we live in that truth each day. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

© 2015 Lucia Oerter

All rights reserved

Email Lucia

The Message Bible – contemporary translation

A ministry at Pines Presbyterian Church, 12751 Kimberley Lane, Houston, TX, providing for your daily walk with Christ!


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