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Attitude of Gratitude

Our eldest son, Mons, doesn't live at home anymore but we still get some of his mail, including an unsolicited Canadian magazine called "Fresh Juice: Healthy Made Delicious."   It's really a not-so-subtle plug for a large grocery chain but there are some good articles in it nonetheless and one that grabbed me this morning was, "The Gratitude Attitude" by Graham Verdon.

The article begins with this audacious statement: "Psychology studies show that being grateful can make us stronger, smarter and faster."  Further on it says, "There's a growing mountain of evidence from the burgeoning field of positive psychology that shows we can train ourselves to be more grateful on a daily basis and powerfully transform our lives."

I think I'm a fairly positive person but the one area where I historically lack gratitude is in regards to my husband Tom and our marriage.  I'm much more prone to complain and see the things I don't like. …

God is with Us so no Harm can Come to Us?

We quote the passage about God giving us angels to protect us and to keep us from even dashing our foot against a stone--and with good reason.  It's an important promise in the Bible.  And yet, in Micah 3:9-12, the prophet rips apart the Jewish leaders--political and religious--for making the same claims of depending on the Lord for protection.  Why the contrast and what are the implications for us today?

Micah was condemning the leaders of Jerusalem because despite the fact that they said they were depending on God, in fact, they were depending on the money that lined their pockets for doing the work they were called to do--ruling the people, teaching God's ways and prophesying.  They meted justice only when the price was right, twisted what was right for a cost and were building the nation's foundation on corruption.  Despite these ungodly ways, they assumed that God was with them because they were his people.  The consequences?  Jerusalem would be reduced to rubble.

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Harvest Workers--Evangelists or Healers?

I've been memorising the book of Matthew in the NIV so this morning when my study took me into Matthew, I decided to read from another translation to help me see things I may have missed and wow!  Did I ever!

All Christians are familiar with the passage that talks about the harvest being great, the workers few and asking God to send out more workers for the harvest and I, at least, have been taught to interpret the harvest as conversion to Christianity and the workers as people directly involved with evangelism, mission work and church planting but today, as I read that in context, I had to step back and take a second look.  Is the harvest really about adding people to the Kingdom of God?

Look at the verse in context: Matthew 9:35 to 10:15 in the NLT. Jesus was travelling through Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, announcing the Good News of the Kingdom and healing people of every disease and illness.  As he looked to the crowds that came to him, he felt pity for them because th…

Trouble? Cry to the Lord!

I'm home now after two and half months of wandering through South-east Asia and central North America and am trying to re-establish my routines, two of which are time with God and writing.  As I start this morning's time with God, I already find something I want to share with you.  I'm using Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, which quotes a small portion from the Psalms as translated by The Book of Common Prayer used by Anglicans, Episcopalians and others.

Today's reading is from Psalm 107:4-8
Some wandered in desert wastes : they found no way to a city where they might dwell.
They were hungry and thirsty ; their spirits languished within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble : and he delivered them from their distress.
He put their feet on a straight path : to go to a city where they might dwell.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy : and the wonders he does for his children. (emphasis mine) I know a number of people who are, metaphori…