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Love: as simple as it gets

by Mindy Kiker

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Everything in the Christian life pivots on the events we celebrate this time of year. Jesus was born, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to set us free. Am I the only one who feels uncomfortable that Jesus had to suffer torture, scourging, mocking, and finally a slow, brutal death?

Why couldn’t He destroy the grip of sin and death with some fire power? I personally like Peter’s approach, when he hauled out his sword to defend his Messiah and cut off the soldier’s ear. All of me cries out, “Yeah, Baby, don’t let them take you without a fight!”

Can you tell that God’s ways are not my ways? If I were designing the redemption of humanity, I would have sent Jesus to earth to create His kingdom through a political revolution. Wouldn’t it have been impressive to lead a fiery revolt against all the other nations of the world and establish a physical kingdom for God’s chosen people?

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The Lion Roared

by Wendy

Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. Luke 24:31, NRSV

 

Hours, days, weeks in the hospital blurred into one long anxiety. Pain. Fatigue. Helplessness. Abandonment. Despair. Negative emotions swam through my mind and curdled my thinking…what was left of it.  My brain had no more room.  Too many tests, too long before diagnosis, longer still until treatment. I. Was. Done.

Where was the peace that passes understanding?  Where was the intimacy I normally felt and practiced?  Where was my Advocate? Where was Immanuel, God WITH us?

I paused.

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Avoiding the Mundane

by Rob Dunne

300004_1020_A“But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:42

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the movie “Groundhog Day” where weatherman, Phil Connors travels to Punxsutawney, PA to cover the annual event. During his half-hearted report, a snow storm not only traps Phil and his crew in Punxsutawney overnight but also in an infinite time loop where every day is Groundhog Day.

Initially, Phil responds selfishly to his situation. Realizing the loop is never-ending, he becomes despondent. However, with the encouragement of his producer Rita, his life transforms as he betters himself, learns about the townspeople and selflessly helps others.

If we allow it, our lives can easily become infinite loops of mundane events just like Phil’s.

Martha did it.

She was all about the mundane – busily preparing dinner, setting the table, drowning under the weight of mundane details while her sister, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet. Martha lost sight of the lasting significance of  learning from the Master and demanded help in the mundane. “Tell her to help me,” Martha demanded of Jesus.

And Jesus answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42.

When we sit at the feet of our Master and listen to His Word, we grow in intimacy with Him. Through one-on-one encounter, we discover His character and are inspired to become more like Him. In time, we fall in love with the Bridegroom who does everything He can to win our affection. Over time, we become selfless and place the needs of others before ours.

Dear Jesus,

When we face the responsibilities of each day, help us choose spending time worshipping at your feet and growing in intimacy with you, first. Fill us with Your love so that we may share it with those in our sphere of influence. We thank You that Your love turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. Amen.

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