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?





Is It Me? – Good News for March 31

31 03 2010

Matthew 26:14-25

One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me
if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The teacher says, “My appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.”‘“ The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered, and prepared the Passover.

When it was evening, he reclined at table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”

Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, “Surely it is not I, Lord?” He said in reply, “He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”

Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” He answered, “You have said so.”

Room to Chat: Rabbi, help me to look beyond the darkness to always see the promise of Your light.





Call to Humility – Good News for March 2

2 03 2010

Matthew 23:1-2

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.”





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.





Sometimes Use Words – Good News for March 10

10 03 2009

Walk the talk…

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: Last week I came across another wonderful quote from St. Francis of Assisi that fits the lesson of today’s Gospel.

Francis said: “Preach the gospel often and sometimes use words.”

Jesus is saying that it all comes down to living by example. I look at myself and think about all the times I fall flat on my face in living the example. You want to be a role model for your kids, but blow a fuse with them or your spouse. You see someone in need, but you fall back on “I don’t have time,” or “That person is just a scam artist. They should go find a job.” And of course, there is the old standby, “I know it’s Lent… but I had a rough day. I’ll offer something up tomorrow.”

Looks like I need to use fewer words.

Room to Chat: Yesterday, my oldest son called to tell me that he wanted to come over and spend time with me on my birthday. I was moved that he would want to do so because at his age there are many more exciting options than being with the “old man”. I realized that God, our Father, is probably moved in the same way when we demonstrate the desire to spend time with Him… especially when we have other worldly options. Son, if you are reading this, thanks for the lesson. I love you.





Step Aside – Good News for January 10

10 01 2009

John 3:22-30

Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent some time with them baptizing.  John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was an abundance of water there, and people came to be baptized, for John had not yet been imprisoned. 

Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew about ceremonial washings. So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.” John answered and said,

“No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said that I am not the Christ, but that I was sent before him.  The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease.”

The Daily Path: I think of how difficult it is to step back from the limelight and allow someone else to be a focal point. We are all wired to seek recognition and praise. Once you’ve experienced some form of acclaim, you want more. Glory is addictive and we are weak. I can understand what a performer or athlete experiences when their time has past. Old Satan must have been buzzing in John the Baptist’s ear, “Don’t step aside! Look at all these people. They want you, not Jesus.”

Will we step aside for the Christ?

Room to Chat: Confess sinner! You’ve eaten fast food. And you’ve used the drive-up window to order because you were in a hurry. Go straight to dietician hell… okay… I’ll confess. I love In-N-Out Burgers. And I always have to wait in the drive-thru line because everyone else loves them, too. As I watch the digital clock in the window tick away telling me how long it’s taking between orders, I could have a chat with God.