Mon. April 15

Monday April 15, 2019

Today’s Focus                                                                                 

Today’s Scripture Reading                                                                         Luke 19:41-48

41 But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. 42 “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. 43 Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not recognize it when God visited you.”

45 Then Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people selling animals for sacrifices. 46 He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”

47 After that, he taught daily in the Temple, but the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the other leaders of the people began planning how to kill him. 48 But they could think of nothing, because all the people hung on every word he said.

Today’s Prayer

O God, Your Son chose the path that led to pain before joy and to the cross before glory.  Plant His cross in our hearts, so that in its power and love we may come at last to joy and glory, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

5 thoughts on “Mon. April 15

  1. Keith Ricks

    To me the Reading segment felt like it touched on an area of Faith.
    Then The prayer at the end really just brought it in.

    O God, Your Son chose the path that led to pain before joy and to the cross before glory.
    Plant His cross in our hearts, so that in its power and love we may come at last to joy and glory

    Not just a mental ascent as in to “Believe.” I have to go into Science here for a moment. God Science. Time. God is eternally forgiving and Time is eternally moment after “Renewing” moment which essentially, if You let it, can allow forgiveness – God. Science, for Me… once again, proves the Power of God… so with this in mind, to “Believe” is just mental ascent or trust in, know something to be true and by language definition – Yes – Faith in the Truth!
    And that made me angry when my Pastor tried to explain Faith and Belief to me and how it was more than just understanding something to be true because in the Beginning when I would read the “Bible” in all its wordiness, I did not yet know that like God, Faith was not Just a word, it was Alive… an actual living thing, and not a Word that can just be read, learned and done with. Thus I found that I could not just “Believe”, which is a stagnant, learned method of doing… I had to first, for Me, Accept God is truly Everything, including,… Gasp! Yes, what is the fundamentals or Sciences! (God can have the math… I can’t do it anyway and numbers don’t really exist, so, there Ya go…)

    Then I just had to “Belive”, which is a word, and literally means: “with life, with liveliness.”
    It makes sense now. God, Alive within Us and All things every moment of Time. I can Belive which is Living Faith and as Such it can Grow within Me, a Living thing, as I pass and experience Life Moment by Moment through Time with God; Intimately. Every moment that God and I pass is an opportunity for Living, Loving, Learning, sharing and also for Messing things up. Everything from hate to big, small, intentional and unintentional sins… however, moments turn over and they do so With God, who Knows My True Heart at Each and Every Turn.
    There’s no hiding from God.
    God is in for the Whole Experience, the Best, the Worst and there ain’t no divorcing God… But that’s okay… God Forgives and all You really need is to want and mean it in Your heart and there You go…
    Now, the next moment… well, A word from experience. Try to remember while Your feeling all “Wha-Hoo!” filled with the forgiveness of God, that there might be a Mob of Truly Human Humans getting ready to Pounce on Your head for who knows what butt load of sins You’ve been dishing out… so remember, God is also Living in pencil and paper in case You need to write down an apology list… or book. Oh, and although those people may be living with God, I forgot that I learned another valuable God lesson.

    Lesson: My understanding of the “Unconditionals”
    Unconditional Love and Forgiveness means that God is a Parent and passenger. God Loves Us more than even the most Loving Human parent could imagine and We can go out, with this Life we are driving, and “What the Hoo-Nanny” it all up, and God will be all;
    “Hey, I Love You, It’s Okay, I forgive You, I really Do! … However, You might want to jump on that bus that says ‘Florida’ on it, otherwise we might be having the rest of this conversation in person.” Yep, Loves Us and except for the occasional finger poke in the ear for laughs, God is just a passenger in for the ride… and God will be there for Us if We Wreck this puppy…
    GOD: “WOW! That was Intense! I mean Oh-Man were those people angry!… should’ve got on that bus… but now that You’re here let me introduce You to everybody…. there’s Jesus and that’s…”

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    1. Pastor Jerry

      Keith, I absolutely loved your reflection and thoughts today! I especially “latched on to” renewing moment after renewing moment! It’s been such a joy to hear the depth of your faith and the way in which you share… well…. beautiful!
      Thanks for sharing
      P, B, &L
      PJ

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  2. Lisa Mantz

    At this point in my life I think that faith and belief are the same for me. I was taught as a child about faith. But I experienced my faith throughout my life….which is what makes me believe. So faith and belief are the same. (For me) Does that make sense?

    I am finding that the more I get to learn about God, the more I want to learn! One thing Keith said REALLY struck me….”God is in it for the whole experience.” The good, the bad, and the ugly, right? Well, the way I look at it…if God is willing to be with me through all my joys and all my screw ups, shouldn’t I extend the same to ALL my brothers and sisters in Christ?

    But as far as the scripture goes, the emotion that I feel after reading it is sadness….until the end when it said that they couldn’t think of a way to kill Him. (Slight happiness.) But they killed Him anyway……sadness again. Knowing how the story ultimately ends takes away the sadness, though……

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    1. Pastor Jerry

      Thanks for sharing Lisa! In my own mind, so long as faith and belief are both active verbs…. then they are the same!
      Thanks again,
      P, B, &L
      PJ

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  3. Pastor Jerry

    Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not recognize it when God visited you.”
    How powerfully these words struck me, especially after watching the great fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Not that this fire was intentionally started…. but rather, in seeing the sheer volumes of people who were present, praying, singing hymns, applauding First responders and in my humanness…. I began to wonder if these people were actively pursuing their faith or was this a moment of nostalgia. But enough of that thinking for now.
    Luke offers us a very different, but beautiful image of Jesus in this final week, lamenting over the fact that the people didn’t recognize God when God was present in human form right in the midst of them! How beautiful to think that God cries because we simply don’t see! God aches because we are stubborn and desire to be independent! Ultimately God takes care of this situation for us, but I can honestly say that the power of knowing that God was lamenting over the lack of understanding truly “touched” me in profound ways today!
    On this Monday of Holy Week, I pray that our eyes will see God’s presence within our midst! I will join God in lamenting those in the world too busy, too independent, too stiff necked, too…… who simply miss the beauty and love that God is sharing in this week over 2,000 years ago and in the beauty that God is sharing with us in this renewing moment!
    P, B, &L,
    PJ

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