Days of Faith and Healing – Good News for June 26

26 06 2010

Matthew 8:5-17

When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”

He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”

The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven, but the children of the Kingdom will be driven out into the outer darkness, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

And Jesus said to the centurion, “You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.” And at that very hour his servant was healed.

Jesus entered the house of Peter, and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, the fever left her, and she rose and waited on him.

When it was evening, they brought him many who were possessed by demons, and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick, to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet:

He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.

The Daily Path: “Only say the word…”

“If it is your will…”

The past two days we have read about the incredible faith in God held by two men. Let’s remember the leper and the centurion as we travel the path before us.

Room to Chat: Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

Breathe Through The Contractions – Good News for May 23

23 05 2009

John 16:20-23

Jesus said to his disciples, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world.

So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. On that day you will not question me about anything. Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”

The Daily Path: Recently a very good friend of mine apologized because he believed he was the cause of some anxiety in my life. What I found so surprising is that my friend, who by the way qualifies as a genius and remarkable visionary, couldn’t uncover the real story. For all of his smarts and vision, he couldn’t see his role in God’s plan to get to me.

Were it not for a series of events in which he did play a supporting role, I would not be writing this blog today or savoring the greatest source of joy in my life… God. If anything, I should be apologizing to him for not adequately acknowledging his critical role in this miracle. He was part of what the Father provided to me. He’s part of the joy.

Apology accepted. None needed.

Life will bring years of anguish and mountains of grief. No doubt about that. The question to consider is how these challenges fit into God’s plan for us. Is it only empty pain? Or will the pain pass, opening the door to great gifts and unimaginable joy?  

Step back and consider what is happening in your life. Look at the events. Watch for the signs. Put the pieces together. God IS active in your life.

Like a woman in labor, when life gives you contractions… KEEP BREATHING! Get through the pain by looking forward to the rejoicing.

Room to Chat: Many visitors to my Good New To-Go! blog click on the “Connect” link at the top of the page. Unfortunately, no one ever sends me a note. I wish they would. There are about 6 billion people who I would like to meet before I meet my maker. And I’m running out of time!

Please send me an e-mail and introduce yourself. Share your sorrow or send your joy.

More Amazing Tales – Good News for May 7

7 05 2009

John 13:16-20

When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it. I am not speaking of all of you. I know those whom I have chosen.
But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled,

The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me. 

From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

The Daily Path: Can you imagine your boss walking into your work space, asking you to sit down and take your shoes off, then proceeding to wash your feet? Most of us would run for the phone to call 911 or some sort of harassment attorney. I find it beyond incredible that the King of Kings knelt before his servants to serve them. Not only that, He once again takes time to offer proof that He is the Son of God, and in turn that His promise is true.

Jesus continues to do the unbelievable so that we can believe. Truly another amazing tale!

Room to Chat: Can you find a small way to serve someone who serves you?

I Know That Voice – Good News for May 4

3 05 2009

John 10:1-10

Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”

Although Jesus used this figure of speech, they did not realize what he was trying to tell them.

So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

The Daily Path: I remember my parents telling me “Never open the door to our house if you don’t first ask who it is and can recognize the voice on the other side.” I didn’t realize at the time they were also sharing advice for the spiritual journey ahead.

When God spoke to me, calling me back home to the Church, I knew His voice immediately. I didn’t hear him through my ears, but God spoke to my heart with a voice as distinctive as that of Walter Cronkite or Barbara Walters. It was a warm,  familiar call that didn’t require an ID check. I knew who was on the other side of the door… it was my shepherd and I instinctively followed his call.

As you listen to life, listen for the voice you instantly recognize to be true. And for all the others you have cause to doubt… Don’t open the door! 

Room to Chat: I took my boys to see the new Disney movie Earth. It had some remarkable cinematic moments capturing the cycle of life and death on our planet. As I watched I found myself thinking about someone who gave their life so that others to follow would live. Find a moment today to look around and see God in the miracles of life and death that surround you each and every day. His plan is everywhere if take time to see.

GodCorp – Good News for April 27

27 04 2009

John 6:22-29

After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea…

The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat, but only his disciples had left. Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they had eaten the bread when the Lord gave thanks. When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” 

So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

The Daily Path: Believing in Jesus is the work of GodCorp.

Imagine… an institution that will never require a bailout! The one true, rock solid, blue chip corporation who’s chief executive is beyond reproach. We do the work and GodCorp will always pay a dividend. 

I can hear old Stan Doubtsall, “There you go again, asking me to take a leap of faith. Based on what?”

That’s correct Stan. Think about all the “sure thing investments” you’ve made in your life. Every single one of those was a leap of faith. Why do you doubt now? Ask yourself this, “Of all your solid investments, do you have absolute proof that have any paid in currency that will hold eternal value?” Bread will crumble. Fish will rot. Currency will falter. But God’s love and care will never fail. That’s the promise. All you have to do is believe in the Son of Man.

Stan, I know it’s hard, but everything in life is hard. You invested in a company with the goofiest name of all time, one that didn’t even have a business plan when it started (Google). Won’t you just give GodCorp an opportunity to perform?

Room to Chat: If you’re a new investor or an established one, just take a moment today and think about something good in your life.

Every Day A Birthday – Good News for April 20

20 04 2009

John 3:1-8

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”  Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?”

Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born of water and Spirit
he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

The Daily Path: “How can a man once grown old be born again?”

Nicodemus asks a question that I think so many want an answer to. Even some who have been reborn yet seem to have lost the Spirit. As I consider my own journey I understand that to be reborn is not a one-off event, rather re-birth means embracing the Lord with each new day. These are troubled times and it’s easy to get discouraged (grow old). Stay young (have faith) in Jesus. Re-enter the womb through renewal in the Spirit each day.

Room to Chat: Every day a re-birth day!

Chrysler Jesus – Good News for April 1

1 04 2009

John 8:31-42

Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will become free’?”

Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son always remains. So if the Son frees you, then you will truly be free. I know that you are descendants of Abraham. But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you. I tell you what I have seen in the Father’s presence; then do what you have heard from the Father.”

They answered and said to him, “Our father is Abraham.”  Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works of Abraham. But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God; Abraham did not do this. You are doing the works of your father!” So they said to him, “We were not born of fornication. We have one Father, God.” 

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me.”

The Daily Path: ABC News reports that a man who claimed to be Jesus was seen in San Francisco’s Tenderloin feeding the homeless from the back of a Chrysler station wagon.

Room to Chat: Lord, Michael is your son and our brother. Though he walks alone in the valley of shadow, let him know only your love. (See Room to Chat: Come Out – Good News for March 29)