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THE BETTER THING

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Luke 10:41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”


Mary teaches us that sitting is better than bustling—listening better than muttering. In church history, the contemplative tradition focuses on turning a loving gaze towards Jesus.
Meditation is another valuable practice when we focus our mind on analysis and understanding of God’s truth. But contemplation is less about what you are thinking and more about a place in your heart before God.
From the Latin word contemplatio comes the meaning of a cleared space before an altar.
Mary is an example of contemplation. The better thing in our lives for God is being with God. Martha chose doing work for God over being still with God.
There are things that can be taken away from us. Our work, our home, our titles… but nothing can separate us from the love of God found in Jesus.
God is in…

BOOK REVIEW: PASTORS IN THE CLASSICS

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Please allow me a moment of confession here. I am terribly under-nourished in my diet of world  literature. 


However, this book has piqued my curiosity for the wealth of stories that feature a clergy member as a prominent character.


This book gave me familiarity with the setting and plot summary of many infamous works of literature. Pastors, priests, chaplains and bishops are scrutinized in many cultures for the values they hold and the trust given to them.


This book points us to a cast of saints and sinners, meek and arrogant, noble and despicable. The preacher is often a caricature and fine literature draws us into the subtleties of their flesh and spirit.


Besides serving as a reference to the clergy story, this book points to the spiritual underpinning and tensions associated with the call to ministry. 


Helpful discussion questions make this book an excellent resource for the student of literature or reading club.




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SOMETHING BETTER THAN EXCELLENCE

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HEAD TO HEAD

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WHAT'S EATING MARTHA MAD MOOD?

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Luke 10:38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I understand you Martha. You had many things to do and became anxious about your workload. Been there and still do that…
Martha lived in the village of Bethany with her sister Mary and brother Lazarus. Since it was her home, it is likely that she was the eldest child and had been widowed.
I understand that sense of responsibility and seriousness in being the oldest child. I marr…

MY FRUSTRATION WITH MULTI-TASKING

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SOLID FOOTINGS & DECONSTRUCTIONISM

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In the illustration of building upon rock or sand, Jesus uses familiar symbols to illustrate the value of obedience to God. The Old Testament has many poetic references to God being a rock for his people. Isaiah spoke to a similar crowd using a similar picture.

Isaiah 28:14 So hear the word of the Lord, you foolish talkers who rule the people in Jerusalem.
15 You say, “We made a treaty with death and an agreement with the grave. When the overwhelming disaster passes by, it won’t matter to us, because we have taken refuge in our lies, and falsehood is our hiding place.”16 This is what the Almighty Lord says:
 I am going to lay a rock in Zion, a rock that has been tested, a precious cornerstone, a solid foundation. Whoever believes in him will not worry.
17 I will make justice a measuring line and righteousness a plumb line. Hail will sweep away your refuge of lies, and floodwaters will wash away your hiding place.
18 Your treaty with death will be wiped away. Your agreement with the grave …