Friday, January 25, 2013

This is a big blog post... it's HUGE!


Psalm 90:12 - So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom



Do you ever stop think about how BIG our God is? Take a look at the world around you. The world is a beautiful example of how amazing God’s creation is. Think about the work you do every day at your job and at home. God continually blesses our efforts in whatever vocation you serve. Take a look at the ministries of our churches and our schools. Decades of blessings can be seen in the ministries of our schools that began long before any of us were here, and will continue long after any of us are here.

Our own life is very short and extremely fragile compared to the awesomeness of God. Psalm 90:12 offers up a prayer to God to make us realize how short our days are, and how great of a need that we have for our Father in heaven. While sin separates us from God and has brought death into our lives, we are reminded of God’s continual deliverance, love, forgiveness, and grace.


Image: Earth Full South Pacific, FlyingSinger, added via flickr January 15, 2006, Creative Commons License

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Fishing

Mark 1:17 - And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men."

Immediately after Jesus said, "Follow me," to Simon and Andrew, they left their nets and followed him. We often talk about the great faith that Simon and Andrew had to drop everything and follow Jesus. It is true that it took great faith for them to do that, and we hope that the Holy Spirit works through the Word and Sacraments to bring us to faithful discipleship as well. It also demonstrates to us what kind of man Jesus was. Immediately before this event in Mark, the writer tells us about the Baptism of Jesus, His temptation in the desert, and Jesus proclaiming that his ministry is beginning. This is the Son of God, the long-awaited Messiah who had been promised for generations. He would begin to heal the sick, perform miracles, tell parables, and preach throughout the towns. He is God, yet he humbled himself and came down to earth as a little baby. He came to defeat death and sin, yet he would do it as he was humiliated on a cross. Thank God for the faith demonstrated by Simon and Peter, and may we also be given that same faith. More importantly though, thank God for the love shown to us by sending Jesus to be our Lord and Savior.

Image: Two Saints Fishing, Niall McAuley, uploaded via flickr July 5, 2007, Creative Commons License

Friday, January 11, 2013

Relationships

Ephesians 1:3 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly place.

One of the many blessings that we have been given by our Heavenly Father is relationships. For example, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, grandparents, and many others make up the families that nurture and love us throughout our lives. We have relationships with friends that we enjoy each day. Some friends we have known for decades, others we have just met. Our teachers work very hard to develop relationships with their students. Day in and day out they challenge, welcome, care for, discipline, and love the children of our school. Relationships are everywhere. Ephesians 1:3 speaks of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a clear reference to the relationship within the Trinity. Just as God is our Father in heaven, he also is the Father of our Savior. The Father in Heaven, whom Jesus loved and prayed to, is the same Father who loves us dearly. It's a relationship that is held strongly together by the love he showed in sending his only Son to die for us.

Image: DSC_3174, Daryl Imanishi1, uploaded via flickr May 12, 2012, Creative Commons License