Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thought for Friday February 17

Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
From his fixed throne he beholds
all who dwell on the earth,
He who fashioned the heart of each,
he who knows all their works.
 Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Genesis 11: 1 – 9  Then the LORD said: "If now, while they are one people, all speaking the same language, they have started to do this, nothing will later stop them from doing whatever they presume to do. Let us then go down and there confuse their language, so that one will not understand what another says."

Have I ever had trouble working with someone because we “spoke a different language” – technical, emotional, intellectual, experiential?  What have I done to learn to communicate with people who are from different backgrounds or cultures, or have different values or perspectives from my own?

Action:  Learn a few words in a new language – American Sign Language, Polish, Teenager, French, Geek, German, Hipster, Spanish, Millennial, Italian, Hippy …

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Thought for Thursday February 17

From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.
Let this be written for the generation to come,
and let his future creatures praise the LORD:
"The LORD looked down from his holy height,
from heaven he beheld the earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
to release those doomed to die."
From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

Mark 8: 27 – 33  He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days.

Do I really want to work for someone who predicts this kind of outcome?  What did the disciples know that kept them going in spite of this prediction?

Action:  Work hard for the next three days.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Thought for Wednesday February 15

To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
How shall I make a return to the LORD
for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.

Mark 8: 22 – 26  When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida, people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.

If I had brought someone to Jesus for healing, how would I feel if I didn’t get to see it?  Do I ever do really good things for less than perfect reasons?

Action:  Do good things even if your motives aren’t perfect.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Thought for Tuesday February 14

The Lord will bless his people with peace.
The voice of the LORD is over the waters,
the LORD, over vast waters.
The voice of the LORD is mighty;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.
The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Mark 8: 14 – 21  The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.

Am I usually more prepared than the disciples were?  Do I trust Jesus to help me through situations I am not prepared for?

Action:  Reach out to someone who may feel forgotten on Valentine’s Day.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Thought for Monday February 13

Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.
"You sit speaking against your brother;
against your mother's son you spread rumors.
When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?
Or do you think that I am like yourself?
I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes."
Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.

Genesis 4: 1 – 15  Then the LORD asked Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" He answered, "I do not know.   Am I my brother's keeper?"

Do I show care and concern for others?  Does jealousy ever drive me to be unloving?

Action:  Be your brother’s keeper.