Jan 23, 2017
This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the
builders, which has become the Cornerstone. And there
is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name
under heaven given among men by which we must be
saved. - Acts 4:11-12
In the 1800s, Queen Victoria was crossing the English
Channel on her royal yacht.
During the course of the trip, her eye fell upon a tiny bird,
who with fluttering wings, tried to follow the ship.
Apparently, the bird had been attracted by the brightness
of the silk flag which floated at the masthead.
The queen turned to her daughter and pointed to the bird.
As they watched, they could see the bird was becoming
weak and weary, darting down to the waves, then climbing
back up, trying to find some place to rest. But as this bird
was a fragile creature used to the woods and not the
company of man, it refused to settle down on the ship.
With a faint cry it rose from the waves, soared up to the
masthead and, unsuccessfully, tried to rest upon the flag,
which had drawn it from the land -- away from safety,
shelter and home.
The heart of the queen was filled with pity and she
commanded her sailors to save the weary bird.
Wishing to please his Monarch every able-bodied man
jumped to do the job Victoria had entrusted to them. They
used every art and every device to capture that bird. Sadly,
all their efforts to rescue the bird only terrified it more.
At last it fell upon the deck at the feet of the queen.
Her majesty stooped and picked up the dead bird and held
it tenderly in her hands. Victoria, Queen over an empire
upon which the sun never set, had been absolutely
helpless in sparing the life of a single, small, scared bird.
Her good intentions had not been good enough; her power
had proven to be insufficient to the task.
I would like to point out that some things don't change.
In the worlds of politics, medicine, education and
philanthropy, there are many who, with good intentions,
are eager to try and save us. It is true, they are willing, but
it is equally true, they are not able. Most certainly, they
may assist you with simple problems and minor difficulties,
but they cannot correct or cure the great sickness of sin
that besets and condemns our souls.
Nobody can save us other than Jesus.
That is because Jesus alone
• has lived a perfect life so that our sinful imperfections might
• has resisted every temptation so we might be found
innocent on Judgment Day;
• has conquered death and shown to this doubting world that
His sacrifice to save us has been accepted and is complete.
Dear Lord, we give thanks for those people of the world who
do their best to make a positive impact. Bless them in their
service. Most of all, we pray that every sinful soul may see
only Jesus can save from condemnation and damnation. In
Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.
(Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries)
Posted at 07:29 am by preacher314
Jan 20, 2017
NOW IS THE TIME FOR FAITH TO FLOURISH
Two Critical Roles for People of Faith Under a Trump
1. Faith must stand up for itself, for its values, for its
standards, and for its priorities.
2. Leadership means sacrifice for the greater good,
instead of just the personal one.
YOU MUST STAND UP WITHIN, FOR, AND LIVE
YOUR FAITH! IT IS MORE VITAL THAN EVER THAT
WE DO SO. AND WE MUST BEGIN NOW!!!!!!!
And perhaps the value that our country needs most
right now, in an age of almost complete cynicism
about politics, is the power and promise of hope. We
can decide to spend our time, energy, and the gifts
of our lives to make this a better world — for those
around us, especially for those on the edges, and to
be good stewards of the creation itself. That’s who
people of faith are supposed to be; that is what we
are supposed to do. And there is no better time to
do that than right now. No matter what politics says
and does, it is always time for faith to flourish and
(Sojourners, sojo.net, Jim Wallis)
Posted at 07:01 am by preacher314
Jan 19, 2017
DONALD TRUMP TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals,
for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” —
Leaders can easily fall into the trap of being out of touch
with the people. Most leaders of nations enjoy luxuries that
the general public does not. It’s easy to become insensitive
to the needs of the common man or unsympathetic to a poor
man’s plight. God, on the other hand, says “Don’t you dare!
My people are my precious children.” Moses was commanded
to remain as sensitive as he was at that moment until the day
that he died.
Insensitivity is a trap we all can fall into. It’s hard to empathize
with the hungry if your stomach is always full, or to feel for the
homeless when we are enjoying the comfort and warmth of our
own homes. But, friends, we who serve the Lord are on “holy
ground.” We must remain acutely sensitive to the needs of His
children and do our best to meet them, whenever and however
Posted at 07:15 pm by preacher314
A REMINDER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
― Emma Lazarus
PLEASE DON'T TURN THEM AWAY
Posted at 08:38 am by preacher314
Jan 17, 2017
JESUS LOVES ME, THIS I KNOW
But now thus says the LORD, He who created you, O
Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I
have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you
are Mine." - Isaiah 43:1
Now most of you know John 3:16 -- the "Gospel in a
nutshell." You remember how it begins: "For God so
loved the world ...." That passage means the Lord
knows and loves everybody, which includes all the
billions of people who have ever or will ever live.
God loves everybody. Scripture is clear on that. But it
is also clear that He loves me, the individual.
When Jesus was born, it was to save me. When He
knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane, He received and
carried my sins. When He died, that was for me ...
and so was His resurrection. And now, as Luther said,
"The Holy Ghost has called me by the Gospel and
keeps me in the faith."
And that's true for you, too. You see, you are a very
special, a one-of-a-kind person to the Lord.
Dear Lord, truly You are a great God. You have the
capacity to love and reach out to save an entire world,
but You do so one soul at a time. I pray that while
there is still time, the lost may come to know You,
appreciate You, and love You in return. This I ask in
Jesus' Name. Amen
(Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries)
Posted at 08:07 am by preacher314
Jan 16, 2017
But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties
must become ecumenical rather than sectional.
Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation; and this means we
must develop a world perspective.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we honor the legacy of Dr. King, and the work
of people involved in the Civil Rights Movement,
bless us with the wisdom you bestowed upon them.
Posted at 10:00 am by preacher314
Jan 15, 2017
This is the season of Holy Resistance: resistance
against white nationalism, misogyny, Islamophobia;
resistance against false news and spectacle;
resistance against the lie that America is the
greatest when fears the stranger, deports the
foreigner, and only protects the interests of those
of wealth and power. And as Christians who take
Jesus at His word when He says, Whatever you do
unto the least of these, you do unto me," our holy
resistance extends to the church when it endorses
such lies or stands quietly on the side.
I WANT TO RESIST AS A DISCIPLE OF A
NONVIOLENT REDEEMER AND LIBERATOR,
I WANT TO BE NON VIOLENT!
Posted at 08:24 am by preacher314
Jan 14, 2017
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers, against
the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places
Posted at 08:25 am by preacher314
Jan 13, 2017
In the days following the ugliest election in my
life (I was born in 1945), I have seen few if any
commentaries on how this election impacted the
children of America. Our kids hear our fears and
anxieties, as well as what they hear on TV or radio,
but they are not able to deal with and process those
fears as are adults.
What is our Christian responsibility to help our
children to deal with and overcome the fear and anger they
feel when they hear the president-elect denigrate
minority groups and promote violence against
those who disagree? This is truly a teachable
moment in every house of worship, and not just
for adults. Our kids are suffering and we cannot
let the words of narcissistic bigot go unchallenged.
I urge us not to forget the children
(from sojourners Bill Turney, Houston Texas)-
Posted at 07:05 am by preacher314
Jan 10, 2017
I see you but you don't see me
I am made invisible by you special powers
Not mine, I have no power
Your shiny car passes me
It does not have a speck of dirt
But I am filthy
Only me sweat shines at the bus stop
As it today in the fields
I smell like dirt
I know you are not hungry
Because I see you in your red car
Driving to a fancy resturant
You do not I am hungry
Because you cannot see me
I had no lunch today
My belly hurts
But you cannot hear my emptiness
You only hear the music in you car
I see you but you do not see me
Perhaps all of me was left
In the woods where I slept last night
Or maybe the mosquitoes sucked my life away
One by on as they found me on the ground
Because I had not blanket to cover me
So I itch. They saw though you did not.
I dream of home. My mother and my sisters
Hungry, waiting for the money I will send them for food.
"America..... you will make lots of money
Our stomachs will be full
And you sister will have shoes
I hope my boss will pay me this week
I look at my boots
These boots took me 15 days in the desert
Now they will bring through the fields
And I wonder......
Is it the car that makes me invisible
Because I see you but
You do not see me
REMEMBER "SANCTUARY" MEANS "PLACE
OF REFUGE," AND THAT HAS PROVEN
TRUE FOR MANY OF THE INDIVIDUALS
WHO HAVE BECOME PART OF OUR
Posted at 03:31 pm by preacher314