The latter part of Romans 1 is a challenging passage of Scripture. In today’s online gathering, I tackled Romans 1.18-32 in fear and trembling, but with a desire to share God’s truth as clearly as possible. You can watch the whole gathering below.
If you prefer to watch the message only, you can do so here:
Along with the somewhat more common spiritual practice called lectio divina, or holy reading, whereby we read a passage of Scripture a few times in order to hear from the Lord, there is also a less common spiritual practice called visio divina, or holy watching. In this practice, we spend a protracted time gazing upon an image, likewise in order to hear from the Lord.
When we look upon an image, we may see something that prompts a memory, something that might encourage us to have a conversation with God. The idea is certainly not to use the image as an object of worship, but to allow God to use it to speak into our lives in some way that will build our relationship with him.
Today, I’m encouraging you to spend a few minutes – as long as it takes – looking at this image. Ask yourself these questions:
What stands out to me the most?
Is there a colour that quickens me in some way?
What emotions am I feeling as I look at this?
Then, pause, and offer your answers to these questions to the Lord. Perhaps he wants to speak to you. Even if you get no clear message, spend some time praising him, inspired by the image.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him” (Psalm 24.1, NLT).
Sometimes, as a pastor, I prepare with a particular goal in mind and when I’ve finished preaching my message, I have found it does not come out quite as I had hoped. Today was one of those days. It was not a bad message at all; but I’m not sure it said all that I hoped it would say. I may tackle the same passage next Sunday and see where that goes. But for now, here is the worship gathering from June 23, 2019 with a message, “Raising the Bar”, from John 13.31-38. The message itself starts at 32:28.
When the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery before Jesus, they were expecting a judgment. What they got was quite different! But there’s a twist to the way many people read this beloved story. Watch or listen below to “Caught!”, based on John 8.1-11.
At our pot luck on Sunday afternoon, many in the congregation gathered to celebrate Taylor and Jacob’s upcoming nuptials with gifts, and to rejoice with Doug Christie on his baptism. Here’s a video of the baptism:
Preachers often take a passage like John 18.15-18, 25-27 and tell us, “Don’t do that!” They’re right, of course, but how can we put a positive spin on this? What lesson can we learn from Peter’s denial that will encourage us in our faith? Listen, or watch, and find out.
Jesus is the gift, as we say at Christmas, but he brought with him two gifts that are also for us. We learn about them in John 1.6-14. Have a listen, or watch the Facebook Live feed below (no account needed). And yes, that’s me at a young age pictured.