Tie a tie

The professionalization of ministry will blind you to the fact that what happens in this video is part of the real, every day life ministry scripture describes.  It’s about taking time to care for someone else, even if that means something as small and quick as tying someone’s tie for them.

Question: Outside of church activities and events, what does your faith in Christ compel you to do for other people?  I can’t wait to hear the ways you put your faith into action.

Stay blessed…john

 

Let’s commence

I LOVE COMMENCEMENT SPEECHES.

Said no one ever.

You know how they can be.  Cliches abound.  Leftover fortune cookie one liners. Enthusiasm overkill. Extra cheese. Fake applause.  Repeat.

But we must keep having commencement speeches because you never know when one like this will come along.

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The line I can’t stop thinking about:

The measure of our compassion lies not in our service of those in the margins but only in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them.

And since you probably just read through those words and didn’t pay close enough attention, let me repeat them:

The measure of our compassion lies not in our service of those in the margins but only in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them.

To be fair, this wasn’t the commencement speech.  But it was graduation.  People were commencing.

It’s easy to check box community service; you can tell by how easy it is to get it over with.  It’s something a lot holier to see someone else with Godly eyes and care, so much so that you see your lives connected.  So, get to commencing.

Stay blessed…john

A good bad lip reading

 

I don’t think I’ve watched one of these that I haven’t laughed at.  Oh, and don’t think I haven’t considered doing one for church.  Just think about what all those people are saying during worship 😉

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Stay blessed…john

Eim Eshkachech | Music Monday

Gloria and I like to watch foreign films.  It’s intriguing to glimpse into other cultures.

A few years ago we watched (through Netflix, I believe) Fill the Void.  It is a Hebrew film about a young woman who is pressured into marrying her late sister’s husband.  There’s a bit more to it than that, but you get the idea.  I think you’ll be captivated by the movie, but it’s the music that I remember.

Specifically, the song I am sharing today is one that bounces around in my mind from time to time.  It is based on Psalm 137:

How can we sing the songs of the Lord
while in a foreign land?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
may my right hand forget its skill.
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem
my highest joy.

You may not understand Hebrew; I’m limited. But you can listen to the song, read the passage and be inspired.

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Stay blessed…john