Gathering in Jesus Name

Today I am thankful for those who gather in the name of Jesus.  My church family has commented on how much we missed gathering from March – May this year.  If you haven’t learned what gathering around the name of Jesus is, you have missed out. We aren’t perfect, but when we have our eyes fixed on God, the fellowship is wonderful.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for my church family and others who gather in Your name.  Thank you for the joy when we are in tune with Christ.  Thank You for the unity we can have when we put You first. Please help us to focus on You and all You have done for us.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

In Tune

“complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” 

Philippians 2:2-5

I have heard, “100 pianos tuned to the same tuning fork will automatically be in tune with each other.”  As someone who seeks to live according to the Bible, this saying has stuck with me.  Those of us who claim to serve Christ should automatically be in tune with each other.  However, too often we give notes of discord.  I fear this shows that we are not in tune with Christ.

If you claim to serve Christ, look at Philippians 2.  It gives us the example of Jesus to follow.  We will be much more in tune with each other if we do.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the example of Jesus.  Please help me to live in the humble mindset that Jesus’ showed. I want to live in unity. 

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Tripping over Differences

I expect that most of my readers are those who share my faith in Jesus Christ.  We claim to have the Bible as our foundation.  Over the last several weeks, I have been concerned about the many things we throw out on social media.  I don’t object to looking at various news articles or watching videos with different perspectives.  I have learned and benefited by seeing different points of view.  I think we need to share the hurts of others and seek to show comfort.  I shared last week how I want to help make a difference.  The problem with making a difference is that we are all different and don’t readily agree on what is needed.  Those of us who claim to serve Jesus Christ have a book (called the Bible) to remind us how to help. 

Ephesians 4:2 gives us a list: humility, gentleness, patience, love.  I find the first 4 the hardest when tensions are high, and I feel backed into a corner. Do you? 

I am thankful for God teaching me about prayer.  The more I pray, the more I am willing and able to live humbly, gently, patiently and show love.  Pray is a powerful tool when we understand that God is the power behind the tool.

Dear Heavenly Father, we are weary of the ugliness we have seen.  We have tripped trying to navigate the challenges.  Please help us to live Your way – to make a true difference.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.