Pleasing – Good News for January 9

9 01 2011

Matthew 3:13-17

Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him.

After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

The Daily Path: Now that I am back working in the corporate world again, I am reminded how we strive so hard to meet our work goals and keep our boss happy. We put in lots of hours to do a good job. (Some put in twice as many hours in two jobs just to make ends meet or keep their families safe.) Like children who seek their parents approval, we workers also like to get positive feedback for a job well done.

What about with God?

The first half of life is all about achievement. Gathering. Securing our place. In that work we are so often busiest with eyes focused squarely on the prize of acquiring that all important stature on earth. In our charge up the hill of success, where is God? Are we as driven when it comes to our Father in heaven? Do we strive above all else to hear His voice? “This is my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased.”






Exalted Pie – Good News for August 21

21 08 2010

Matthew 23:1-12

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’

As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

The Daily Path: Where do you stand?





Familiar Face – Good News for June 24

24 06 2010

Psalms 139: 1-3

O Lord, you have probed me, you know me: you know when I sit and when I stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. My journeys and my rest you scrutinize, with all my ways you are familiar.

The Daily Path: Like any child seeking love, I find great comfort in knowing the Father understands. He is there for me.





The Narrow Gate – Good News for June 22

22 06 2010

Matthew 7:6 and 12-14

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”

The Daily Path: In recent days I have come to understand more clearly that when I chose to follow Our Lord it also meant that I was choosing the cross. Yet in bearing this cross – for what are relatively just a few moments in this life on earth – I have the promise of an eternity with the Father. I accept this.

Faith in the Promise no matter what is thrown at me. One day at a time. One foot ahead of the other… on the way to the narrow gate.





Fill-Up – Good News for May 10

10 05 2010

John 15:26 – 16:4

Jesus said to his disciples, “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.”

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”

The Daily Path: Each of us face challenges on a daily basis. We are well equipped to deal with many. Others prove far more daunting, beyond what our original equipment is designed to handle. So where do we find the extra horsepower required to address the need?

The Spirit!

Just as God provided the Apostles what was needed for them to go out into the world and deliver the Good News – in the face of peril and death from among their own – so too, the Holy Spirit is sent to each of us who are with Jesus. I haven’t heard a mighty wind rattling my doors, nor have I spoken in tongues with a flame above my head – but I know the Spirit is often with me as I look for the courage to do what God is asking of me.

If you’re looking for something a little extra to put in your gas tank today, maybe you should pull into the filling station and ask God for a gallon of Spirit. A little seems to go a long way!





Pruning – Good News for May 5

5 05 2010

John 15:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.

Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.

Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

The Daily Path: I was pruned in 2006. A serious of life changing events enabled me to open my ears and heart to Jesus. Without the illness and failure, I would have continued to wither. Instead, from the stumps of my old life grew the tiny blossoms of a new fuller life. Gradually these little buds have grown the fruit that brings me closer to Christ.

What Jesus says is true. I know this because I have lived it.

But my spiritual journey and the growth of my wimpy little branch is not over. I may be pruned again. If such is to be, then I pray that my heart will always remain true to Jesus through what remains ahead. What I want above all else is to be a worthy disciple and to finish my journey home to the Father. Truly, He has shown me the way.





Science Wednesday – Good News for April 28

28 04 2010

John 12:44-50

Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”

The Daily Path: Hey kids, it’s Science Wednesday! Today, we’re going into the lab for a little experiment. I’d like everyone to carefully open the small aluminum case in front of their workstations. Inside you’ll find a sensitive device we’ll be using today. It’s known as the Condemn-O-Meter. Carefully remove it from the foam casing and set it on the counter before you.

Everyone ready?

Let me explain how the device works and what this experiment is about. The Condemn-O-Meter will track the number of times today when you will condemn someone you come in contact with. A mechanical writer arm inside the housing will record microscopic data of these instances onto a tiny disc. When reviewed after our experiment, the recorded data will tell us when you were quick to judge a friend, or how many times you became angry at someone for their actions without understanding intent. It will register your impatience with an individual who is trying their best but couldn’t meet your expectations.

The Condemn-O-Meter also measures the frequency of times you choose to ignore the needy, another form of condemnation. In addition, this new model will provide insights on any missed opportunities you had to bring a little joy and compassion to someone struggling with the challenges before them.

Now before you strap the device onto your wrist and push the green start button, I’d like everyone to read the small inscription on the top of the meter…

I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.