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Justice = Service

September 7, 2017

"For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do."  

Hebrews 6:10 (NLT)

Justice is a characteristic of God.  Just as we embrace the theological understanding of "God is Love" so must we embrace the theology of Justice, for God is Justice.  Within the Justice of God, we are reminded that God will not forget Justice; it will endure as long and as powerfully as Love.  God correlates Justice with service in this passage from the Epistle to the Hebrews.  God informs us that as we serve others, we are demonstrating the Love that is God.  God tells us that He will not forget our labors for God, our labors for Justice, our expressions of the Love of God.  Our spiritual work of service will be remembered.  We also need to know that it is a form of Justice for God to not only recognize and remember our works of service for others, but also to know that we actually demonstrate our love for God and the love we receive from God, by our service to others....

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May we pray?

May 24, 2017

I Chronicles 16:11 - Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.

How may we pray together?  How may we meet together, at the foot of the throne of grace, exercising our calling to be two or three?

Together, as we join to pray, we share the mind of God, we share in the vision that God has for us as individuals, as a people, as a church, and as all of humanity.

How may I pray for you?  Please feel free to leave a message, send an email, share your heart and join with me as disciples at the feet of Christ, sharing in the love and compassion of God.

+Ken, osf


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A New Year of Reconcilitation

December 30, 2016

Lao-Tzu said, “When you are compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.”


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Easter, 2016

March 27, 2016

Blessed greetings to all in the name of our Risen and Glorious Lord Jesus!
 
The season of Easter gives us pause to reflect on all that has past and then to view the future with the eyes of the Spirit of the Lord. Just as all that Jesus said and did fueled the rage that crucified Him, so too did the glory that was set before Him move Him to take our place and reconcile us to God.
 
As we look forward to this “new year” from the vantage point of Easter, and as we reflect upon the Gospel message, let us also consider “how” we are to live. Paul offers some insights into the “resurrection life” when he said:
 
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control...and those who belong to Christ Jesus...live by the Spirit [and] also walk by the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-25 (ESV)
 
Jesus told us that He had to go away, and yet, in that departure, He would not leave us as orphans. Instead, He would sent to us the Holy Spirit to live and abide in us; to care for us; to Mother us;...
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Easter, 2016

March 27, 2016

Blessed greetings to all in the name of our Risen and Glorious Lord Jesus!
 
The season of Easter gives us pause to reflect on all that has past and then to view the future with the eyes of the Spirit of the Lord. Just as all that Jesus said and did fueled the rage that crucified Him, so too did the glory that was set before Him move Him to take our place and reconcile us to God.
 
As we look forward to this “new year” from the vantage point of Easter, and as we reflect upon the Gospel message, let us also consider “how” we are to live. Paul offers some insights into the “resurrection life” when he said:
 
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control...and those who belong to Christ Jesus...live by the Spirit [and] also walk by the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-25 (ESV)
 
Jesus told us that He had to go away, and yet, in that departure, He would not leave us as orphans. Instead, He would sent to us the Holy Spirit to live and abide in us; to care for us; to Mother us;...
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Vincent: Deacon and Martyr

January 22, 2016

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Vincent: Deacon and Martyr

 

The readings for today provide a passage from Jeremiah 26. While the passage is certainly full of meaning for us today, I can't help but wonder how these words of scripture would impact us if we focused on a simple phrase: "It is the Lord...".

 

The prophet's foundation was sure, but his message was full of possible trouble. Judgement from God was coming, a message of hope and repentance was given, and the prophet's life was in jeopardy. Many uncertainties existed, the outcome was unclear at this point, people had decisions to make.

 

Yet through it all, the messenger from God rested on the sure foundation that it was all the Lord. The outcome was not the issue at hand, the repentance of the people was not the issue, the life of the prophet was not the issue. The foundational issue was simply "it is the Lord".

 

May we walk this day, as did Deacon and Martyr Vincent, knowing full well that the steps we take, the actions we perform, and the words we speak are all of the Lord.

 

Amen.


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