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A WORD FOR TODAY

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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A WORD FOR TODAY, May 20, 2024

Since next Sunday is Holy Trinity Sunday, our devotions this week will be focused on the Trinity.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.” 2 Corinthians 13:14, WEB

When my mom wanted one of her children, she often called the names of the others before she got to the right one. Those of us with siblings have probably had a similar experience with our mothers. I know I have done that too, and I even did it with our cats. I did not forget the name of the child I wanted, but researchers have discovered that this phenomenon has something to do with how speech processing information retrieval works in our brains. Similar sounding words are stored in similar ways, so they are available quickly but not always as we want. This is particularly true when our minds are actively engaged in something else. Sometimes we respond to the task with a particular order, such as the age of our children, but it could be anything that causes our brain to order the list differently.

I was once researching the Trinity when I discovered an article about an interview with an author who had done research on the topic. The author was reading through the scriptures when he noticed that the Trinity was not always listed in the expected Trinitarian formula. We usually list Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but as you can see in today's passage, the Trinity is listed in a different order: Son, Father, and Spirit.

The author, Rodrick Durst, decided to see if there was a pattern in this discovery. He found that in the New Testament there are seventy-five instances in which the Godhead is listed. The three names are ordered at least eight times in each of the six possible ways. As he studied these texts, he noticed that there was indeed a pattern and that each different order had a purpose. When the order is Father, Son, Holy Spirit, the writer is giving us a missional focus, as in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20.) The Father, Holy Spirit and Son order is formational in emphasis. Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:2 about God directing the Holy Spirit to sanctify believers so that they will be obedient to the Word of Christ. Son, Father, and Holy Spirit, as in today’s passage, has a Christological emphasis, focusing on Jesus Christ. By ordering the Trinity as Son, Holy Spirit, and Father, as in Acts 2:38-39, Luke had an evangelistic focus. By placing the Holy Spirit, then Son and Father, the focus is on unity. In Ephesians 4:4-6, Paul talked about ecclesial matters. In the book of Jude (verses 20-21) the application is in liturgical matters with the order as Holy Spirit, Father, and Son.

The point I got out of his research is that we tend to focus our ordering of the Trinity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but since the Godhead is equal, then order does not matter. In the Athanasian Creed we confess, “And in this Trinity, no one is before or after, greater or less than the other; but all three persons are in themselves, coeternal and coequal; and so we must worship the Trinity in unity and the one God in three persons.”

When asked why this matters, Rodrick told the story of a girl whose father was abusive. She said that she always had a problem calling God Father. However, as she prayed to the Trinity in a different order, the comfort that came from the Son and Holy Spirit opened the way for her to call on the Father. We see from his research, also, that the order helps us to understand the work of each so we can seek Him in a way that helps our own work in His name.

Rodrick’s research also gives us the courage to stand up for this Trinity in which we believe that so many deny. If the Godhead is listed so many times in the New Testament (seventy-five times!) then this is obviously a concept, while not named, which is real and true. Father, Son, and Spirit are one God in three persons, equal and unified in a way we will never truly understand. However, this mystery is the foundation of our faith; believing in the Trinity is a matter of trust, confident that God really is who He says He is.







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A WORD FOR TODAY, May 17, 2024

“If therefore there is any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassion, make my joy full by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself; each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, yes, the death of the cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:1-11, WEB

One of the most popular advertising campaigns in the history of television was a song written for the Coca Cola Company. Many will remember humming along to the New Seekers as they sang about loving the world. “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. I’d like to buy the world a coke and keep it company.” This might seem like an impossible ideal, especially as we watch the hate and violence that occurs around the world daily.

There is an interesting story behind the song. When Coke decided to do a new campaign, they gathered several people together to write the music. Bill Backer, the creative director for the advertising agency, was on his way to London to meet with the song writers Billy Davis and Robert Cook. His plane was diverted because of fog and landed in Ireland. Conditions were uncomfortable, many of the passengers were angry with the disruption to their plans. The next morning, Bill joined the other passengers in a coffee shop to wait for clearance. He noticed that many of the travelers that had been irate were laughing and telling stories over bottles of coke. He saw that there was more to the product than just a liquid to drink. Coke could draw people together, bring them through difficult times, and give them something common even if they have many differences.

I grew up in the haven of a local church, a flock of believers who agreed about many things. Our basic doctrine was the same, we enjoyed the same type of worship, and we practiced our faith in much the same way. It was not that we were brainwashed or unable to think for ourselves. We had our disagreements, sometimes about the silliest things. However, in general we were of one mind, and we lived together in harmony.

Imagine my shock when I became involved with the military chapel system, which is a more ecumenical experience. The community of believers was made up of people from every point on the spectrum of Christianity. The disagreements about doctrine and practice were so immense that it was often as if we were from completely different religions. I noticed the same thing when I was involved in internet chat rooms and email discussions. Many conversations in these groups became heated and angry. It was difficult to believe that we had anything in common. There certainly was little harmony in those relationships.

The people on that airplane found something in common: coke brought them together and they found peace and joy in each other’s company. As I have grown older, I have realized the idea of a perfect church, a church where no one argues about anything, is an impossible ideal. We are unique individuals that have unique perspectives about issues that face our churches. Sometimes our arguments are ridiculously small, although sometimes our disagreements are about important issues. I love my current church, which is mostly of one mind, but even then, we’ve had some tough conversations and people have walked away because they didn’t like the answer. Thankfully, most have returned after realizing what we truly have in common, the love of Christ.

No matter what it is we are discussing, we are called to love one another. This was manifested at the church of my youth and in my current church, the members love one another despite the disagreements we have had about the issues that faced our congregation. We run into difficulty when we hold ourselves higher than our brothers and sisters, when we consider ourselves wiser than anyone else.

Living in love, the love of Christ that binds us together, Paul encourages us to be of one mind. Does that mean we have to agree about every question? No, it means that we are to find harmony by living in the foundation of our faith that we have in common. Life together means loving even those who are so different because we have all confessed that Jesus Christ is Lord. He came to dwell among us, giving up the glory of heaven to be like us, calling us to be unified with Him glorifying God as His body in this world. It is His love and grace that holds us together and gives us what we need to serve God in every way.




The following links provide some specially chosen scripture that tell the stories of the Birth and Passion of our Lord as Saviour Jesus Christ, as well as a fictional perspective of the Crucifixion. Spend time in God's Word, read about His life and learn of the wonderful gifts He has for you. Know Jesus Christ and honour Him today. Thanks be to God.

The Birth of our Saviour

The Story of our Saviour's Passion

The Crucifixion, a fictional perspective




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