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Life in All Its Fullness, part 1 of 3

Jesus said, I have come that you may have life in all its fullness.

He wasn’t kidding.

What would life in all its fullness feel like for you this coming weekend?

Been on This Bridge?

We were talking about a ministry program when a very tired college student named Cara mis-spoke its title.

“Bridges Out of Poverty” came out as “Bridges Into Poverty.”

Having recently spent a week with Dave Ramsey, I immediately began compiling a list of such Bridges.

Misuse of Credit Cards topped my list.

What’s on your list of “Bridges Into Poverty” these days?

And Cara and I should probably quickly copyright that “Bridges Into Poverty” thing, by the way.

Apply as Needed

A friend and colleague posted an apology about working from home on a day when the weather had closed schools and businesses because of hazardous road conditions.

Oh, also, there was that issue of having a fever and being sick.

As I proofed my reply, it dawned on me that maybe more than one of us needed these words this winter:

Take care of yourself;

you’re worth the effort.

Even the effort at resting.

Or maybe

especially

the effort at resting.

Apply as needed.

A Magical Day

“Have a magical day,” the cashier says.

Are the nefarious employees of the Disney Store opening a gateway for impressionable children into witchcraft with those words?  Or are they merely bringing a smile to customers’ faces?

I think the latter.

Will we be embroiled again this Advent-Christmas season in heated debates over the use of the potentially inflammatory phrase “Merry Christmas”?

If so, I sure hope it doesn’t take away any of the (cough, chough) magic of Christmas.

 

Snow and Laundry

I’m sure plenty of people love snow and ice and winter itself in general.  People like me balance out people like that.

However —

Seeing the snow had me flashing to a Psalm about God making us “whiter than snow” as it’s traditionally stated.  More recent translations render that phrase  “purer than snow.”

Digging a little deeper, here’s how The Message version presents Psalm 51:7

“Soak me in your laundry

and I’ll come out clean,

scrub me and I’ll have

a snow-white life.”

 

Anybody else needing that today?

 

 

Service

Fourth time: a song that was new to me, written by Pete Carlson and Kyle Matthews:

One God and Father of Us All

All the gifts that God has given

by his grace to everyone

were meant to give us

each a place to serve.

And if we will come together

to see God’s will be done,

we will share in blessings

more than we deserve.

God’s gifts are good.

God’s gifts are given to everyone.

But God’s gifts are not just for grins and giggles.

They are “meant to give us each a place to serve.”

Oops.

God, forgive us for all the times we’ve cheapened and abused your good gifts to us. Use us and our gifts today in service to  you and the people around us.  Amen.

Surprise

Third time through a song that was new to me, written by Pete Carlson and Kyle Matthews:

One God and Father of Us All

All the gifts that God has given

by his grace to everyone

were meant to give us

each a place to serve.

And if we will come together

to see God’s will be done,

we will share in blessings

more than we deserve.

To whom has God given “All these gifts?”

“Everyone.”

Ephesians 4 lists some of those gifts, given to some people.  The list is actually endless.

Who today will surprise you with one of their gifts?

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