Will You Speak First?

Several people from several different churches tell me that they are leaving their congregations because no one speaks to them. Let’s examine this with great care.

Where does it say that the other guy has to speak first? What if all the congregants are thinking the same thing? What if everyone leaves their church and moves to the other churches where no one speaks?

Where in the Bible does it say we must be spoken to at our whim or that being offended is a reason to move on?  It doesn’t. However the Bible does say this.

Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. (Proverbs 17:9, NIV)

A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.(Proverbs 19:11b, NIV)

Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. (Ezekiel 18:30b, NIV)

See you all in church.

Prayer- Lord, make us a people of common sense before it is too late. For the Christ who died so that we could love and be loved…Amen.

How to Recover

Margaret Terry (author of Dear Deb, A Woman with Cancer, A Friend with Secrets and the Letters that Became Their Miracle) offered these words when asked about her recovery process. I share them with you because they are so like my own and no doubt yours as well.

  1. I wanted a better life than the one I was raised in.
  2. I didn’t do it alone. I had a good counsellor and support group
  3. I had my faith and support from my faith family
  4. I stopped pretending things were OK when they weren’t
  5. I told my story and it lost its power to make me feel shame.
  6. I accepted that healing was a life-long process.
  7. I stopped being so hard on myself because God wasn’t!

No matter your struggles, keep moving forward into healing and remember this.

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6, NIV)

Prayer-Thank you God that you see the trouble of your afflicted; you consider our grief and take it in hand. We were victims who committed ourselves to you because you are the helper of the fatherless. Now this we know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. You answer us with the victorious power of your right hand. Amen. (From Psalm 10:14, 20:6)

Over by the Giraffes

Can you answer a simple question? Adam couldn’t. God asked “Where are you?”

Adam could simply have said…”We’re over by the giraffes.” but no. Instead he offers this long explanation.

He said, “I heard the sound of You [walking] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (Genesis 3:10, NIV)

1. I heard you.

2.  I was afraid

3. I was naked.

4. So I hid.

Where are we on this list?

Prayer-Lord, help us aim and strive for Your way of doing and being right. In Christ. Amen.

Cock-a-Leekie To You!

Do you know . . .

  1. What is Cock-a-Leekie and what is in it?
  2. What is in Haggis?
  3. Have you ever eaten a Cloutie? What is it made of?
  4. Is a Tweed Kettle made of copper or iron?

The answers . . .

Cock-a-Leekie is chicken soup sweetened with prunes.

Haggis is made of sheep’s’ pluck (?!), heart, lights and liver, suet, oatmeal and seasonings.

Cloutie is a sweet, spicy boiled pudding.

A Tweed Kettle is made of neither copper nor iron, but poached salmon.

According to my informant, only a Scotsman would know the answers to these questions.

Accordingly, only a Christian would know the true joy of following the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ. That means we should be able to explain it to someone else.

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace (Isaiah 55:11-12a, NIV)

Prayer-Lord God, thank you for the joy of knowing You and Your salvation available only in Christ. Amen.