A conversation with my teenage daughter and some of her friends was on my mind recently as I read the 17th book of the Bible, Esther. Ten short chapters long, it’s a story of romance, intrigue, revenge, and God’s provision for His people. I was struck by the parallels between the issues we face in our lives and a story from ancient Persia.
3 One of Jesus’ twelve apostles was named Judas Iscariot. Satan entered him, 4 and he went and talked with the leading priests and some of the soldiers who guarded the Temple. He talked to them about a way to hand Jesus over to them. 5 The priests were very happy about this. They promised to give Judas money for doing this. 6 He agreed. Then he waited for the best time to hand him over to them. He wanted to do it when no one was around to see it.
Wow! An inspiring speaker just came through Eagle River with an emotionally gripping story of how his family endured Confederate-South slavery and ‘Jim Crow law’ discrimination by the sheer power of their Christian faith. If you missed Fr. Moses Berry’s moving story, you can still see his film introduction at http://godsgardenthefilm.com.
“No man is an island, entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent...” — John Donne, Meditation XVII
Jesus saw the crowds and went up a hill, where he sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them: True Happiness Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them! Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them! Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised! Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully! Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them! — Matthew 5: 1-7 (GNT) “The Sermon on the Mount”
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
We announce to you what existed from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have seen and our hands handled, about the word of life. The life was revealed, and we have seen, and we testify and announce to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us. What we have seen and heard, we also announce it to you so that you can have fellowship with us. Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. — 1 John 1:1-3 (CEB)
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
Recently, I heard a little piece of wisdom that went like this, “The Church is a tool.”
“Jesus saw the crowds and went up a hill, where he sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them…” — Matthew 5:1-2 (GNT)