Morning Musing: Matthew 26:39

“Going a little farther, he fell facedown and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.'” (CSB – Read the chapter)

There are some parts of the Christian life that are pretty easy to sell. The love and forgiveness and eternal life practically offer themselves to newcomers. Having God on your side and with you all the time doesn’t hurt either. There are some parts, though, that are a little less customer-friendly sounding. One of those is put on display here in Jesus’ conversation with His Father shortly before going to the cross. Let’s talk this morning about what happens when our will and God’s will aren’t the same.

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Digging in Deeper: Proverbs 14:12

“There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.” (CSB – Read the chapter)

What would you say if Captain America was British and female, Black Panther was an outer space Robinhood who reasoned Thanos out of destroying half the life in the universe, and the Avengers all got turned into super-powered zombies? I’d say you were reading a version of the comics different than the one most people have heard of. That would be correct. Marvel’s latest offering on Disney+ delves into a corner of the comics realm that is decidedly outside the norm and purposely so. Using a comic book line that first appeared in 1977, the latest Marvel series takes viewers on a beautifully animated journey into the question of “What if?” Now that the multiverse has been unleashed following the Loki series, each episode of What If? explores the universe that might have been created if a single event or decision by one of Marvel’s main characters had gone differently. This morning, I’d like to explore one of these with you.

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Digging in Deeper: Hosea 14:9

“Let whoever is wise understand these things, and whoever is insightful recognize them. For the ways of the Lord are right, and the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.”‬‬ (CSB – Read the chapter

Have you ever tripped over nothing? You were just walking along a totally flat and smooth path and suddenly you were on the ground. I suspect that’s something we’ve all done at least once. For some folks it’s more like a daily affair. I had an old pair of shoes that were tripping hazards. Everywhere I went I tripped. Over nothing. For some reason the toes of those shoes were more attracted to the ground than any other pair I’ve ever owned. I actually adjusted my walking while I wore them to account for the tripping. I wasn’t sad when I wore them out sufficiently to justify getting a new pair. 

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Morning Musings: Psalm 1:6

“…for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

One time on a retreat in the mountains I went for a hike.  Now, I had been hiking before, but this was the first time I had done any real hiking.  All of what I had done before had been short hikes on trails that were well-maintained and about as obvious to follow as a sidewalk would have been.  And wouldn’t you know it, on my first experiment with the real thing, I got lost. Read the rest…

Morning Musings: Acts 26:19

“Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Do you have a vision from God?  Have you received one?  How are you doing with this?  God gives us a vision of the work He has for us to do as we seek Him in the routine, day-to-day of our lives.  This vision will likely be a function of our passions, interests, abilities, and experiences.  It will involve God placing us at the intersection of the world’s need and our passion.  He will call us through this vision to the advancement of His kingdom. Read the rest…