Where, O God, is the man or woman who seeks
your name, who desires above all things the kingdom?
Where walks the faithful heart in full obedience?
Let me be one of these rare souls, with fire
consuming, zeal igniting, working to save
by pointing the way to eternal life in Christ.
Begin with me, O Lord, this very day,
in this place, that I might bear the cross
and in hope of life, bear much fruit that remains.
READ: “Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice—alive, holy, and pleasing to God—which is your reasonable service” Rm 12.1.
THINK: God’s goodness inspires us to offer our lives to him as a sacrifice. He can now do with us as he pleases. We belong totally to him. Different from dead animal sacrifices, we are live ones; we are aware of all we do, rationally. To be pleasing is to be a sacrifice that God accepts. Continue reading
By J. Randal Matheny © 2015
‘Tis Jesus Christ I choose,
For him all else I lose,
My final good!
No other satisfies,
All fleshly pleasure dies,
For God my spirit cries;
To him we hold. Continue reading
Comentators try to tone down Paul’s statement, explain that Luke and others must have been off on missions of their own—and they may well have been—that Paul is making a general statement about the world. The statement continues to be no less shocking. Continue reading
When police asked a hit-and-run driver last week in Van Buren, Ark., why she left the scene without stopping she said, “I left because I didn’t want my ice cream to melt.”
Now this woman has her priorities straight! After all, it was hot that day. Never mind that she had rear-ended a car, caused damage, and—who knows—might have injured the other driver.
But you can’t let your ice cream melt. Continue reading
Translation of yesterday’s meditation for Portuguese speakers, for your edification.
But the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
2 Samuel 24:24 ESV
Thinking of great presidents who went out as unpopular leaders, I identify with this quote by Harry S Truman. Continue reading