Wet bread

Let me introduce you to Capirotada.  May you have a long, lasting relationship together. Usually, people make this dessert during the season of Lent–coming to a church potluck near you, if you’re lucky! You might not know how to pronounce it properly, but just know it’s a type of bread pudding.  And I’ve always liked it.  I was enjoying one night and someone with me said, “I don’t like capirotada.”  While I had heard of people…..

Learn something

If you aren’t learning, what are you doing? The writer of Ecclesiastes might say that learning is vanity, but only after he learned that to be true. Our shortsightedness often limits our understanding of learning.  We act like learning only happens in a classroom.  We assume learning is for certain types of people.  All saints are to be learners. What to learn?  I don’t know.  Learn a Bible passage.  Learn a language.  Learn a social skill……

Go back

Was it The Game of Life? Sorry!? Trouble? Chutes & Ladders? Somebody taught us it was burdensome to go back to the beginning.  But if you’ve lost your way, quite often that’s exactly where you need to go.  It’s not a demotion. It’s not a set back.  If you go back on purpose you could very well be learning to live again. Jesus tells the church at Ephesus to go back to what they used to do at first……

Another Word Week of May 22

Making your dream happen

Don’t give up a dream God has given you. God will be your shield against the turmoil you’ll face on your way to making your dream happen (Genesis 15:1).

More focused on God 

The more focused you are on God, the less concerned you are with trivial things (Colossians 3:2).

Another negative voice

The world doesn’t need another negative voice. You’re called to be a hopeful voice for the world to hear and believe (Romans 15:5-6).

Somebody glorious

You don’t have to try be somebody else because God has already created you to be somebody glorious (Isaiah 43:7).

Create the good

If you can’t find the good in something, create the good in something (Hebrews 10:24).

 

I hope these were an encouragement to you.  Stay blessed…john

All around you

No matter what else you see today, watch and work for the goodness of God around you.

 

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

-Philippians 4:1-9

Stay blessed…john