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Spiritual Practice #9: “Care for the Needs of Others”

December 7, 2016

leastThe Old Testament reading for this morning tells the story of how Isaiah came to be called to share God’s message with the people of Israel. I sense there is a lot here about how to share God’s love with people as well.

This final week’s spiritual practice for building up the body of Christ is: “Care for the Needs of Others.” Clearly, this is one of the most obvious and necessary practices for building up the body and being a Christian community. As a pastor, I feel humbled and taught by so many of you who make this spiritual practice a priority in your lives. But as with any spiritual practice or biblical truth, there is always more to learn, isn’t there. I wonder if the Old Testament reading for today, Isaiah 6:1-13, may shed more light.

Isaiah is suddenly transported into a worship service that’s happening in the heavenly temple. There are angels or seraphs with six wings whose voices are shaking the door posts and thresholds, and the temple is filled with smoke.

Isaiah starts to think, “I’m ruined. I don’t belong here.” He becomes self-conscious about having just snapped at his wife (okay, a bit of literary license here), and bemoans the fact that he’s a man of “unclean lips,” and that he lives among a people of unclean lips. (more…)


October 1, 2007

One day this past week while I was asking God to give me the wherewithal to do a hard, semi-heroic thing I thought might be a good thing me to do, it seemed that He interrupted me and said, “Today just work on being open-hearted.” Well, I was relieved. That sounded much easier. (more…)

Gratitude for a Gentle Rain

June 12, 2007

I have a one of the best seats in the house, and that’s one of the reasons it feels right to peck away at the computer trying to pass on at least a little bit of what I see. At the same time, I’ve been thinking this morning about the thing Jesus emphasized — about the great rewards of doing things secretly and taking joy in the fact that our Father sees what is done in secret and rewards it.

The most real service, the most effective prayers, the most powerful activities in God’s country are the things that people simply do for Jesus’ sake or for the sake of the person they’re loving or the need they’re meeting or because it’s the right thing to do.  (more…)