Human Think – Good News for August 5

5 08 2010

Matthew 16:13-23

Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised. Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, “God forbid, Lord!  No such thing shall ever happen to you.” He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan!  You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

The Daily Path: Human think is an obstacle in my life as it must be for many. I recently told a good friend that I feel closest to God when I am suffering. It’s then that I seem to get beyond the constant rationalization and desire for control. In those moments I am able to just say “I give up.”

“Giving up” in human think is failure. Instant relegation to the bottom of the heap. You can’t be a Mad Man if you can’t succeed. You can’t climb the pinnacle of earthly achievement if you fail. That’s what human think would lead us to believe.

But what about giving up in God think? We don’t say “give down”, the term is “give UP” Where did Jesus go when he returned to the Father? He ascended, He went UP. Jesus looked UP to his Father… Jesus held UP the bread…

In those moments of worldly defeat and suffering when we give ourselves UP to accept His will over ours, isn’t that the time when we ascend into God think?





The Faithkeeper – Good News for June 29

29 06 2010

Matthew 16:13-19

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

The Daily Path: Who do I say that Jesus is?

Although I had the benefit of knowing the tradition of faith, handed down for over 2,000 years, I didn’t fully embrace Jesus as the Son of the living God until late in life. And even then it took some true acts of God to awaken the fire within me. Having this experience in my own life makes Simon Peter’s understanding even more remarkable. He knew our Lord and Savior before witnessing any of the events we now hold true as followers of Christ.

Room to Chat: Jesus, if it is your will, show me how I can be more like Peter, your faithkeeper, in my daily life.





Rocks – Good News for June 29

29 06 2009

Matthew 16:13-19

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Room to Chat: Last night Our Lord answered a prayer. No, that’s not quite accurate. I believe He answered MANY prayers that have originated from this most prodigal of sons and those who are keeping me in their intentions during this difficult period in my life.

A couple of weeks ago in my GNTG! posting I revealed that I’ve been suffering from depression. This is foreign to me, so I’m fortunate that my family and some good friends have been there to help me deal with it. (I’m amazed at just how many people who I previously thought were on solid bedrock are actually in the same rocky boat with me.) I’ve been praying that Our Lord will grant me peace and in doing so  “show me the way” out of this mess. 

Very early this morning, I was jolted from sleep as the anxiety of my life situation crept into consciousness. It festered there for a bit trying to take hold. When this happens, as it often does, I try to find peace by thinking of God. Shortly after doing so I began a thought process that led me to something that may be the answer to the problems I face. I felt as though this inspiration had come from God in answer to my prayers.

I can’t say for sure if this is the answer, but I do have faith that God listens to my prayers. There is certainly hope in what came to me this morning, and for that I am grateful.

I’m in your hands, Father. And with You, I know that all things are possible. Help me to find bedrock.





“Oops” I Did It Again – Good News for February 19

19 02 2009

Mark 8:27-33

Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.”

And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Peter said to him in reply, “You are the Christ.” Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.

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. He spoke this openly.

Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

The Daily Path: Poor Peter. He always starts out doing great. Then he starts thinking like a human and that’s when he always gets into trouble. I don’t know my Scripture well enough to quote, but two other instances come to mind. One when Ol’ Pete leaps out of the boat and begins to walk on water toward Jesus. “Hey wait… I’m human. I can’t do this.” Splash. The other is at the Garden of Gethsemane on the night Jesus was arrested. Peter says “No way Lord, I’ll never betray you.” Oops.
Most days I feel like Peter. I’ll start out trying to live as Christ taught. Next thing you know… “Oops.” I start thinking like a man and fall down. The good news is that Jesus always gave Peter another chance. Just as he does with all of us.
Room to Chat: Today, when you have “Oops” Moment Number 4,023,677, just get up. Dust yourself off and say “Sorry, God. May I have another chance?”