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Our Lord is so good, He grants us many blessings. We can see Him in the daily course of events, in our homes, our jobs, our lives. I pray that these words help you to grow in your faith and recognize His hand in even the most mundane circumstances.
The picture to the right is of a Celtic Chapel located in Cornwall England. This building is approximately 1700 years old, and contains a holy well known for its healing powers.
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“Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus, and said, ‘You men of Athens, I perceive that you are very religious in all things. For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.” What therefore you worship in ignorance, this I announce to you. The God who made the world and all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, doesn’t dwell in temples made with hands, neither is he served by men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself gives to all life and breath, and all things. He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings, that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. “For in him we live, and move, and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his offspring.” Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold, or silver, or stone, engraved by art and design of man. The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked. But now he commands that all people everywhere should repent, because he has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he has ordained; of which he has given assurance to all men, in that he has raised him from the dead.’” Acts 17:22-31, WEB
We search for the right church, a place we’ll feel like we are at home. We search for a place where we will find peace and grace, where we will experience God’s love and mercy, where we will find friendships and support. We look for that place in many different ways. In the past we asked neighbors or looked up churches in the Yellow Pages. Sometimes we search for a certain denomination, other times we search for certain activities that meet our needs. Modern church searches include hours of surfing on the Internet as we look for information from websites. We can even find reviews on our phone apps these days. We hop from church to church until we find the right one.
Churches often want to know how you managed to find them, so that they know how to continue reaching out to the neighborhood. We didn’t have very many choices when we moved to Arkansas, and the search was more difficult because we were moving from overseas. We found information about a church named Faith and I contacted the pastor long before we moved. They were looking forward to our first visit and we quickly found our place in the congregation. When it came time for us to become members, we were given a survey. One of the questions was “How did you find Faith.” I laughed when I read it because my answer was “the Yellow Pages.” They certainly meant to ask how we found that particular church, but the question is much broader, although I doubt anyone is finding faith in the telephone book. I’m sure it is equally difficult finding true faith on the Internet.
A friend wrote in a newsletter, “So, I’m headed for a retreat at Christ the King Retreat Center. I know where it is, but I have an appointment somewhere else first, the time is short, and I think it might be wise to find out the most efficient route. I whip out my iPhone and ask Siri, ‘Directions to Christ the King.” She replies, ‘Please direct your spiritual questions to someone better qualified to answer them. Preferably a human being.’” Who would have thought modern technology would be so responsible?
It is practical to use a telephone book or the Internet to find a church where we will be blessed, but we are reminded that we often search for God in all the wrong places. Paul saw that with the people of Athens. They were trying to answer the questions of life with gods who had no power. They wanted to be sure to be covered by every possibility that they had an altar to the Unknown God. Paul knew that God and introduced them to Him. He is the God who created the universe, who redeemed mankind. He is the foundation of faith, that we receive faith through His Word. As we search for the place to call home, let us always remember to look for Him within the walls and we will find peace and grace, love and mercy.
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“Blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand on the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in Yahweh’s law. On his law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that produces its fruit in its season, whose leaf also does not wither. Whatever he does shall prosper. The wicked are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For Yahweh knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish.” Psalm 1, WEB
Spring in Texas is time for wildflowers. I have taken three trips this year, each to a different region, and each with a different type of display. I do this every year, sometimes following the same roads, sometimes veering off on an unknown trail. I am less likely to get lost if I follow the roads I know, but sometimes the best surprises are found off the beaten path. Unfortunately, that also often means getting lost, if only for a little while. One year I turned onto a road that seemed to be going in the direction I wanted to go. I knew it was going to be a small road, but it quickly became little more than dirt, rocks and holes. It twisted and turned so many times I lost which direction I was going. When I finally found a way out, the next road was blocked by road construction. Meanwhile, I had ended up miles from where I meant to be.
On another occasion, I followed the advice of someone from the area, but unfortunately, the road was not the one I thought it was. Instead of going west, I was headed northeast. I had plans to meet a friend on that trip, so I was in a time crunch. It would not have mattered otherwise. The wrong road meant I would not have time to stop and photograph the flowers, at least on my way to the café. I tried to take a detour, but the road was another of those tiny country roads that twisted and turned. I made it to lunch on time, but spent most of my morning finding myself.
We had similar experiences in England. We learned very quickly that the best way to see the country is to get lost. Of course, there was always a roundabout to get you going in the right direction, and you might just discover something beautiful along the way. I had one such experience. I was lost because I had taken the wrong exit off a roundabout. I went a few miles and came to another. It was then I realized I wasn’t going the right way. I followed the exit I thought would get me headed toward home, and it took me past the most beautiful manor house. I didn’t have time to visit then, but I went back as soon as I could. While I did make the right choice on that roundabout, I made a few other wrong choices. My trip home took me much longer than it should have, but I enjoyed the journey.
Unfortunately, those wrong turns can be dangerous. On another trip I ended up in a gully. Luckily a nice man pulled my car out. On another trip I ended up in a very dangerous part of a big city. I have struggled around road construction, one way streets and other obstacles. It is stressful and frightening sometimes.
Our Christian life is a journey. We travel on well worn roads and into unknown places. The most important thing for us to remember as we walk in faith daily is to be careful in our Christian walk to follow the right path. When we love the Lord, we will live according to His promises and obey His commands. When we obey God’s Word, in the name of Jesus, then goodness and mercy will shine through our lives, and the fruit of His Spirit will be produced abundantly. When we keep our eyes on our Lord, we’ll end up where we belong, doing what He is calling us to do.
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When researching, I use several versions of the bible, including the New International Version and English Standard Version. Due to copyright restrictions, I have not included quotes for the scriptures on some of the archives, but highly encourage you to open your own bibles to read the scripture passages for yourselves. Where scripture is quoted, it is usually the American Standard Version or World English Bible which belong to the public domain. Any other versions used in quotes are identified.
The devotion posted on Wednesday is based on the Lectionary texts used by millions of Christians each Sunday. The Lectionary consists of four texts: an Old Testament passage, a Psalm, a passage from one of the Epistles and a Gospel text and follows the church calendar. Archives for these writings are found at Midweek Oasis.
You are welcome to use these words to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. Please remember to give credit to the Author who has given you these gifts, and keep in remembrance the vessel which He used to bring them to you. We pray that this site may be a blessing to you and anyone with whom you've shared it. Peggy Hoppes