Category: Christianity

Notes for August 14, 2021

  A few notes related to today’s sermon, The Joy of POP (privilege, opportunity, priority). Tony Dungy Books by Tony Dungy here.  They include Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, & Priorities of a Winning Life and The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge. Super Bowl Breakfast Speech Tony Dungy Super Bowl Breakfast 2006 Part 1 …

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Ah-ha, when I walk up to a situation

Phillipians 2:3-5 says: 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Forgive me Lord. When I approach a …

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Grace is a Kingdom with Doors Open Wide

Broken Things is a wonderful song by Matthew West.  The concluding last line, “Grace is a kingdom; With gates open wide; There’s a seat at the table just waiting for you; So, come on inside.” is a great statement on the grace of God, His Kingdom, and the welcome He provides. Lyrics: If grace …

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Howard Thurman influential American visionary, educator, and leader

Howard Thurman Howard Thurman (Nov. 18, 1899, Daytona Beach, FL – Apr. 10, 1981, San Francisco, CA) was an American author, philosopher, theologian, mystic, educator, preacher, and civil rights leader. As a prominent and inspirational religious figure, he played a leading role in many social justice movements and organizations of the 20th century. Dr. Thurman …

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Macomb/McDonough County Community Gathering

I’m looking forward to the Community Gathering tomorrow (11/7) at 10-11 am at Veteran’s Park, in Macomb. In these crazy times, this is a time for us to gather together as a community and pray for our elected leaders and pastors. Here is the map (google doc) of how we will set up the chairs. …

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Cross reference tool

https://www.openbible.info/labs/cross-references/search?q=Micah+6%3A8 Cross reference tool. Bible

Be present at our table, Lord

table grace https://hymnary.org/text/be_present_at_our_table_lord sung to the Old 100 UMC Hymnal # 621 Be present at our table, Lord; Be here and everywhere adored; Thy creatures bless and grant that we May feast in paradise with thee.

Initial thoughts

(This is far from finished and far from ready to be shared.) Thesis: Work toward a more just, inclusive, and harmonious society, for everyone. Outline: What we’ve learned and are learning. Tenets of faith in God and Christ that come to bare here. Challenges of reducing racism and for the underprivileged.  What we need to …

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N.T. Wright’s Trinitarian Prayer

Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth: Set up your kingdom in our midst. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God: Have mercy on us sinners. Holy Spirit, Breath of the Living God: Renew us and all the world. – N.T. Wright Closely related to my 5 breath prayer and the Trinity +1 (Lord). …

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Greek root word for church and for ‘church’

There are two (different) Greek root words here. The one in the Bible (at least 115 times) is (so, this is the meaning of church in the Bible) Ecclesia – The Greek word “ecclesia” is correctly defined as: “The called-out (ones)” [ECC = out; KALEO = call]. Thus, you can see how this word was …

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