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Meditation for Preparation – The Park Became a Prison

Photo by Jametlene Reskp on Unsplash The Park Became a Prison Genesis 3:8-24 Read or Listen to Genesis 3 Adam and Eve's failure in the garden truly did happen in history; living in perfect peace, the first two people failed to value and trust God. But not only did it happen then, it still happens now. Like Eve, we're sometimes deceived and reject God's explicit instruction. And like Adam, without deception, we rebel against God. (2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:14) We All Sin. Like Adam and Eve, living as nobles in the garden, we reject God's design for us; "All have

By |February 8th, 2023|

Meditation for Preparation – Feb. 5th

Photo by Liane Metzler on Unsplash A Moment To Break A Father’s Heart It is a joyous dream turned nightmare.  It is a story that, as Christians, we have heard one hundred times and wish we had never heard once.  It is the fall. Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”  The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,  but God did say, ‘You must not eat

By |February 1st, 2023|

And God Saw That It Was Good …. Not Good?

Photo by Isaac Ordaz on Unsplash Read:  Genesis 2:18-24 My oldest son came home from college for Christmas break with a new reality TV show he wanted to introduce to us.  It is a survivalist show where 10 people get taken out into the barren wilderness of Canada and are left there with only 10 preselected items. Any weapons they take with them must be "primitive," meaning no guns or compound bows.  When the contestants are dropped off, they begin to build shelters, scavenge for food, and familiarize themselves with their surroundings in order to see who can survive the

By |January 26th, 2023|

A Place In This World

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash Read: Gen. 2:4-17 We live in a world where everyone wants a place, but do we know what that really means? Sure, we can google a definition and read “a particular position or point in space”— not sure that is actually helpful. Also, the English language uses the word “place” in various circumstances: “Did you put that back in the right place?” “Save me a place in line.” “What place did you finish in the competition?” “I didn’t agree to that in the first place.” “Everyone in your place!” I could go on,

By |January 19th, 2023|

What Does Creation Say About Our Bodies?

Photo by DNK.PHOTO on Unsplash When we think about the body, we—especially women—may be keenly aware of our body in some ways and completely neglect it in others. We may obsess over how our body looks, how we feel in it, how others feel about it, or what it can or can’t do.  Tish Harrison Warren says it well in her book Liturgy of the Ordinary: Christians are often accused of two wrong-headed views of the body. One is that we ignore the body in favor of a disembodied, spirits-floating-on-clouds spirituality. The other is that we are obsessed with

By |January 16th, 2023|

Meditation for Preparation – Jan. 15th

Images of God; Likeness Toward Creation. Read Genesis 1:26 - 2:3 (ESV) Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill

By |January 11th, 2023|

Creation Ex Nihilo

Read:  Genesis 1:1-25 No sentence is more pregnant with meaning than the opening one of the Bible: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). It tells us several things all at once, four of which are worth reflecting upon: ... Continue reading HERE. Photo by Calwaen Liew on Unsplash

By |January 4th, 2023|

Need A 2023 Goal?

Read:  Ephesians 3:14-21 Here we are at the end of another trip around the sun.  The sands of the hourglass continue to slip through the fingers of time and many people take the turn of the calendar year as an opportunity to examine whether their own goals and hopes are also advancing.  As I was scrolling through everyone's holiday posts this past week, I saw a particularly encouraging one from a North Waker who was letting all of her friends know of an app she had used this past year to help her read through the Bible.  Interestingly, the main point of her post was not highlighting the app; instead, it

By |December 29th, 2022|

Christmas is Not What We Have Made It

Photo by Walter Chávez on Unsplash Christmas in NC is often all about lights and decorations and gifts and family and amazing food and such.  But the NT story of the first  Christmas is actually much grittier.  Especially what follows the birth! (See Matthew 2) Here are two things to ponder this Christmas to help you get a dose of the width and length and height and depth of the love of God for you this Christmas! The first is a blog post by Rachel Conley, a NWer sent to serve immigrants in Philly with her family.  She looks at the incarnation through

By |December 25th, 2022|

Ironies of Jesus’ Birth

Photo by Rick Shaw on Unsplash He laid in a trough of wood, so that terrifying angels with flaming swords would worship a newborn in straw. (Genesis 3:24; Hebrews 1:6) He who joyfully delights over His creation cried as a baby so that He could know suffering. (Hebrews 2:9) The one who leads us from temptation took on a weak body and felt those temptations. (Matthew 6:13; Hebrews 4:15) He who created the marvelous self-healing human body took one, so it could be mortally wounded. (2 Peter 2:24) He, with eyes too pure to look on evil, traveled land

By |December 21st, 2022|
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