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Good morning, Father! Thank You for the good night’s sleep and for waking me up so we could spend some time this morning before the day starts moving along. Bless our time together. May I be attentive to Your word!

Matthew 9:35-38 (<<click the green)

Lord, we like to think of ourselves as self-sufficient and independent. Then like most of humanity, we have a tendency to project those attributes on those around us.

When I think of crowds I think of people rushing along busy metropolitan sidewalks beside streets full of bustling traffic and in my mind’s eye, I see them as driven, purposeful, on task to accomplish what needs to be done to maintain their self-sufficiency and independence.

I’m sure that some fit that view but, in reality, how many are “dispirited and distressed”? Truly how many are burdened down with loads of care, no hope, no light at the end of the tunnel.

And what is heartbreaking is that for most, their concern only goes as far as this life. Many have no thoughts beyond death. They have no plans because they don’t really know what, if anything, eternity holds for them.

But what is disturbing is the fact that my first thought, unlike Your’s Lord, is not compassion. I am ashamed to say it is obliviousness. It’s not that I am necessarily apathetic. My eyes take in the masses and…well, that’s about as far as it goes. I can acknowledge their existence but compassion….pity? For the most part the fact that they are “dispirited and distressed, like a sheep without a shepherd” eludes me.

Lord, before I say anything else, please forgive me. Forgive my obliviousness. Please let me see people through Your eyes. And in seeing, I would plead that, as You were, may I be moved with compassion and pity for them.” And, Lord, may I be moved not just because I am a pastor called to Your service but may I be moved because I am Your child and above all else, I want to be like You. Amen.

Mar 13th, 2018, Tues, 6:53 am

Beware Ravenous Wolves!

Father, the last several days this 1st verse of a hymn we sang recently at church has popped into my mind.

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.
                               ~ John G. Whittier, 1872

It is fitting to share. Amen.

Matthew 7:15-20 (<<click the green)

Lord, You have admonished us to not judge but there is one very important area where we must carefully scrutinize who we are listening to, what is being communicated and the motivation that is behind it all. You warn us to “Beware of false prophets…”, individuals who come making spiritual assertions but are not spurred on by a relationship with You but are out to fill their own pockets or to stoke their own egos or to exert control over others, these are the ones that we must be on our guard against.

On the surface, things make look all well and good but just looking a little deeper makes the truth apparent. They may be “dressed as sheep but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” They are only out to feed their own selfish desires.

And this is where we must be very cautious. Quite often we are so intent on not judging that we hesitate to see their “fruit” for what it is. Lord, you make it very clear that a “good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.”

Lord Jesus, help us to be attentive. Help us to be discerning. Help us to have no hesitation to leave bad fruit behind and go for the fruit that is good. Amen,

Feb 14th, 2018, 9:30 am