Monday, October 15, 2018

The God Pause Daily Devotional from The Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States for Monday, October 15, 2018 - Isaiah 53:4-12

The God Pause Daily Devotional from The Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States for Monday, October 15, 2018 - Isaiah 53:4-12
Isaiah 53:4 In fact, it was our diseases he bore,
our pains from which he suffered;
yet we regarded him as punished,
stricken and afflicted by God.
5 But he was wounded because of our crimes,
crushed because of our sins;
the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him,
and by his bruises* we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, went astray;
we turned, each one, to his own way;
yet Adonai laid on him
the guilt of all of us.
7 Though mistreated, he was submissive —
he did not open his mouth.
Like a lamb led to be slaughtered,
like a sheep silent before its shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
8 After forcible arrest and sentencing,
he was taken away;
and none of his generation protested
his being cut off from the land of the living
for the crimes of my people,
who deserved the punishment themselves.
9 He was given a grave among the wicked;
in his death he was with a rich man.
Although he had done no violence
and had said nothing deceptive,
10 yet it pleased Adonai to crush him with illness,
to see if he would present himself as a guilt offering.
If he does, he will see his offspring;
and he will prolong his days;
and at his hand Adonai’s desire
will be accomplished.
11 After this ordeal, he will see satisfaction.
“By his knowing [pain and sacrifice],
my righteous servant makes many righteous;
it is for their sins that he suffers.
12 Therefore I will assign him a share with the great,
he will divide the spoil with the mighty,
for having exposed himself to death
and being counted among the sinners,
while actually bearing the sin of many and interceding for the offenders.”
(Complete Jewish Bible).
Too many times we allow our lives to be defined to ourselves and others by the things that we have done wrong. The past "sin" we recall could be a couple of minutes or even years ago. Once we allow our lives to be defined by failure, we then permit this error to define our relationship with God and our relationships with other people. We think that when God sees us, God only sees our failures. We also think that when other people see us, they automatically see our sins and our failures.
In today's reading from Isaiah we are told that God does not define our relationship with God by our failure. God redefines our relationship with God through what Jesus did for us through his death and resurrection. This not only renews our relationship with God; it also renews our relationships with other people.
Loving God, thank you for sending Jesus into the world to live, to suffer, to die and to rise, to overcome our sins and failures. Help us to live in the new life that you give us through this precious gift. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Josh Schunk, '04
Pastor, Zion Lutheran Church, Oelwein, Iowa
Isaiah 53:4 Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
8 By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people.
9 They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
11 Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
(New Revised Standard Version).
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Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Upper Room Daily Reflections: daily words of wisdom and faith in Nashville, Tennessee, United States for Monday, 15 October 2018 "Creative Beginnings"

The Upper Room Daily Reflections: daily words of wisdom and faith in Nashville, Tennessee, United States for Monday, 15 October 2018 "Creative Beginnings"
Today’s Reflection:

Being a Beginner
WHEN I WALKED into a watercolor class for the first time, I felt insecure, unprepared, and afraid. I imagined that the other participants knew what they were doing, and many of them did. They were all smiles, lugging their well-worn portfolios of supplies, eager to wet their brushes and dip them in color.
Frankly, I had not even understood the list of supplies — vermilion, cerulean, cadmium, #2 brushes — I didn’t have a clue. … Ready for step-by-step instructions, I was startled when our enthusiastic teacher produced a small vase of common thistle — loaded with lavender blossoms — and said simply, “Paint it.”
Asking for assistance again and again, I haltingly mixed purple and white while wondering about my use of the proper brush. The teacher continued to insist, “Just begin. Just paint.” … I fought to set aside my competitive nature. … My aha moment came with my realization that my inhibitions were stifling the creative urge inside me that was struggling for expression. (Linda Douty, Rhythms of Growth)
From page 295 of Rhythms of Growth: 365 Meditations to Nurture the Soul by Linda Douty. Copyright © 2014 by Linda Douty. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
Today’s Question: 
When do you feel most creative?
Today’s Scripture: “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. (Job 38:4, NRSV)
This Week: pray for those needing shelter.
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This week we remember: Ignatius of Antioch (October 17).

Ignatius of Antioch
October 17
Ignatius of Antioch lived approximately from 35 to 110. He was known as a bishop and martyr. Probably born in Syria, Ignatius is virtually unknown apart from his letters and journey to martyrdom in Rome under a guard of ten soldiers. Received with honor at Smyrna by Polycarp, he visited neighboring communities and wrote letters of encouragement to churches at Ephesus, Magnesia, Tralles, and Rome. In the last he entreated that the Romans do nothing to interfere with his martyrdom. Taken to Troas, he wrote letters to the churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna and to Polycarp. From there he was escorted through Macedonia and Illyria to Dyrrhachium, where he boarded a ship to Italy.
The authenticity of Ignatius’s letters remained heatedly debated from the late fifteenth until the nineteenth century because of interpolations and spurious letters bearing his name. The debate was put to rest with the publication of J. B. Lightfoot and J. R. Harmer’s critical edition of The Apostolic Fathers in 1885. The genuine letters reveal a man passionately committed to Christ and intent on martyrdom, “ground by the teeth of wild beasts that I may be found pure bread of Christ” (Rom. 4:1). In the letters to churches he proposed as a solution to threats of division that they “do nothing without the bishop.” The strength of insistence, however, indicates that the churches of Asia Minor did not accord their bishops such authority. Still more, the church at Antioch did not recognize Ignatius in that way. What lay behind the tension is a bit uncertain, but one facet was docetism, the belief that Jesus only appeared to be human. Ignatius emphatically underlined that Jesus was both truly human and truly divine. In connection with that affirmation, he also made much of Holy Communion as the symbol par excellence of the Incarnation and “the medicine of immortality.”
If Ignatius had taken the Spiritual Types Test, he probably would have been a Lover. Ignatius is remembered on October 17.
[Excerpted with permission from the entry on Ignatius of Antioch by E. Glenn Hinson, from The Upper Room Dictionary of Christian Spiritual Formation, edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe. Copyright © 2003 by Upper Room Books®. All rights reserved.]
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Lectionary Readings for Sunday, 21 October 2018
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Job 38:1-7, (34-41)
Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c
Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:35-45
Job 38:1 Then Adonai answered Iyov out of the storm:
2 “Who is this, darkening my plans
with his ignorant words?
3 Stand up like a man, and brace yourself;
I will ask questions; and you, give the answers!
4 “Where were you when I founded the earth?
Tell me, if you know so much.
5 Do you know who determined its dimensions
or who stretched the measuring line across it?
6 On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
7 when the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
34 “Can you raise your voice to the clouds
and make them cover you with a flood of rain?
35 Can you send lightning bolts on their way?
Will they say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 “Who put wisdom in people’s inner parts?
Who gave understanding to the mind?
37 Who, by wisdom, can number the clouds?
Who can tilt the water-skins of heaven,
38 so that the dust becomes a mass [of mud],
and its clods stick together?
39 “Can you hunt prey for a lioness
or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 when they crouch in their dens
or lie in ambush in their lairs?
41 Who provides food for the raven
when his young cry out to God
and wander about for lack of food?

Psalm 104:1 Bless Adonai, my soul!
Adonai, my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with glory and majesty,
2 wrapped in light as with a robe.
You spread out the heavens like a curtain,
3 you laid the beams of your palace on the water.
You make the clouds your chariot,
you ride on the wings of the wind.
4 You make winds your messengers,
fiery flames your servants.
5 You fixed the earth on its foundations,
never to be moved.
6 You covered it with the deep like a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
7 At your rebuke they fled;
at the sound of your thunder they rushed away,
8 flowing over hills, pouring into valleys,
down to the place you had fixed for them.
9 You determined a boundary they could not cross;
they were never to cover the earth again., 24 What variety there is in your works, Adonai!
How many [of them there are]!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creations., 35
May sinners vanish from the earth
and the wicked be no more!
Bless Adonai, my soul!
Hebrews 5:1 For every cohen gadol taken from among men is appointed to act on people’s behalf with regard to things concerning God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and with those who go astray, since he too is subject to weakness. 3 Also, because of this weakness, he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as those of the people. 4 And no one takes this honor upon himself, rather, he is called by God, just as Aharon was.
5 So neither did the Messiah glorify himself to become cohen gadol; rather, it was the One who said to him,
“You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.”[
Hebrews 5:5 Psalm 2:7]
6 Also, as he says in another place,
“You are a cohen forever,
to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.”[
Hebrews 5:6 Psalm 110:4]
7 During Yeshua’s life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions, crying aloud and shedding tears, to the One who had the power to deliver him from death; and he was heard because of his godliness. 8 Even though he was the Son, he learned obedience through his sufferings. 9 And after he had been brought to the goal, he became the source of eternal deliverance to all who obey him, 10 since he had been proclaimed by God as a cohen gadol to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.
Mark 10:35 Ya‘akov and Yochanan, the sons of Zavdai, came up to him and said, “Rabbi, we would like you to do us a favor.” 36 He said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 They replied, “When you are in your glory, let us sit with you, one on your right and the other on your left.” 38 But Yeshua answered, “You don’t know what you’re asking! Can you drink the cup that I am drinking? or be immersed with the immersion that I must undergo?” 39 They said to him, “We can.” Yeshua replied, “The cup that I am drinking, you will drink; and the immersion I am being immersed with, you will undergo. 40 But to sit on my right and on my left is not mine to give. Rather, it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
41 When the other ten heard about this, they became outraged at Ya‘akov and Yochanan. 42 But Yeshua called them to him and said to them, “You know that among the Goyim, those who are supposed to rule them become tyrants, and their superiors become dictators. 43 But among you, it must not be like that! On the contrary, whoever among you wants to be a leader must be your servant; 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must become everyone’s slave! 45 For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve — and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
 (Complete Jewish Bible).
Job 38:1-7, (34-41)
Verse 1
[1] Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Lord — The eternal word, Jehovah, the same who spake from mount Sinai.
Answered — Out of a dark and thick cloud, from which he sent a tempestuous wind, as the harbinger of his presence. In this manner God appears and speaks to awaken Job and his friends, to the more serious attention to his words; and to testify his displeasure both against Job, and them, that all of them might be more deeply humbled and prepared to receive, and retain the instructions which God was about to give them.
Verse 2
[2] Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
Counsel — God's counsel. For the great matter of the dispute between Job and his friends, was concerning God's counsel and providence in afflicting Job; which Job had endeavoured to obscure and misrepresent. This first word which God spoke, struck Job to the heart. This he repeats and echoes to, chap. 42:3, as the arrow that stuck fast in him.
Verse 3
[3] Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
Gird up — As warriors then did for the battle.
Verse 4
[4] Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
Where — Thou art but of yesterday; and dost thou presume to judge of my eternal counsels! When - When I settled it as firm upon its own center as if it had been built upon the surest foundations.
Verse 5
[5] Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Measures — Who hath prescribed how long and broad and deep it should be.
Line — the measuring line to regulate all its dimensions.
Verse 6
[6] Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
Foundations — This strong and durable building hath no foundations but God's power, which hath marvelously established it upon itself.
Cornerstone — By which the several walls are joined and fastened together, and in which, next to the foundations, the stability of a building consists. The sense is, who was it that built this goodly fabrick, and established it so firmly that it cannot be moved.
Verse 7
[7] When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Stars — The angels, who may well be called morning-stars, because of their excellent lustre and glory.
Sons of God — The angels called the sons of God, because they had their whole being from him, and because they were made partakers of his Divine and glorious image.
Shouted — Rejoiced in and blessed God for his works, whereby he intimates, that they neither did advise or any way assist him, nor dislike or censure any of his works, as Job had presumed to do.
Verse 34
[34] Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?
Cover thee — Thy land when it needs rain.
Verse 38
[38] When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
Mire — By reason of much rain.
Verse 39
[39] Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,
Hunt — Is it by thy care that the lions who live in desert places are furnished with necessary provisions? This is another wonderful work of God.
Verse 41
[41] Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.
Raven — Having mentioned the noblest of brute creatures, he now mentions one of the most contemptible; to shew the care of God's providence over all creatures, both great and small. Their young ones are so soon forsaken by their dams, that if God did not provide for them in a more than ordinary manner, they would be starved to death. And will he that provides for the young ravens, fail to provide for his own children.

Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c
Verse 2
[2] Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
Light — With that first created light, which the psalmist fitly puts in the first place, as being the first of God's visible works.
Verse 3
[3] Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
Waters — In the waters above the heavens, as they are called, Genesis 1:7.
Verse 4
[4] Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
Spirits — Of a spiritual or incorporeal nature, that they might be fitter for their employments.
Fire — So called for their irresistible force and agility, and fervency in the execution of God's commands.
Verse 5
[5] Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
Who laid — Heb. he hath established the earth upon its own basis, whereby it stands as fast and unmoveable, as if it were built upon the strongest foundations.
Forever — As long as the world continues. God has fixt so strange a place for the earth, that being an heavy body, one would think it should fall every moment. And yet which way so ever we would imagine it to stir, it must, contrary to the nature of such a body, fall upwards, and so can have no possible ruin, but by tumbling into heaven.
Verse 6
[6] Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
The deep — In the first creation, Genesis 1:2,9.
Verse 7
[7] At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
Rebuke — Upon thy command, Genesis 1:9.
Fled — They immediately went to the place which God had allotted them.
Verse 8
[8] They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
Go up — In that first division of the waters from the earth, part went upwards, and became springs in the mountains, the greatest part went downwards to the channels made for them.
Verse 9
[9] Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.
A bound — Even the sand of the sea-shore.
Verse 35
[35] Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.
Praise ye the Lord — Heb. Hallelujah. This is the first time that this word occurs. And it comes in here on occasion of the destruction of the wicked. And the last time it occurs, Revelation 19:1; 3,4,6, it is on a like occasion, the destruction of Babylon.

Hebrews 5:1-10
Verse 1
[1] For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
For every high priest being taken from among men — Is, till he is taken, of the same rank with them.
And is appointed — That is, is wont to be appointed.
In things pertaining to God — To bring God near to men, and men to God.
That he may offer both gifts — Out of things inanimate, and animal sacrifices.
Verse 2
[2] Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
Who can have compassion — In proportion to the offence: so the Greek word signifies.
On the ignorant — Them that are in error.
And the wandering — Them that are in sin.
Seeing himself also is compassed with infirmity — Even with sinful infirmity; and so needs the compassion which he shows to others.
Verse 4
[4] And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
The apostle begins here to treat of the priesthood of Christ. The sum of what he observes concerning it is, Whatever is excellent in the Levitical priesthood is in Christ, and in a more eminent manner; and whatever is wanting in those priests is in him.
And no one taketh this honour — The priesthood.
To himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron — And his posterity, who were all of them called at one and the same time. But it is observable, Aaron did not preach at all; preaching being no part of the priestly office.
Verse 5
[5] So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
So also Christ glorified not himself to be an high priest — That is, did not take this honour to himself, but received it from him who said, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee - Not, indeed, at the same time; for his generation was from eternity. Psalms 2:7.
Verse 6
[6] As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Psalms 110:4.
Verse 7
[7] Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
The sum of the things treated of in the seventh and following chapters is contained, Hebrews 5:7-10; and in this sum is admirably comprised the process of his passion, with its inmost causes, in the very terms used by the evangelists.
Who in the days of his flesh — Those two days, in particular, wherein his sufferings were at the height.
Having offered up prayers and supplications — Thrice.
With strong crying and tears — In the garden.
To him that was able to save him from death — Which yet he endured, in obedience to the will of his Father. And being heard in that which he particularly feared - When the cup was offered him first, there was set before him that horrible image of a painful, shameful, accursed death, which moved him to pray conditionally against it: for, if he had desired it, his heavenly Father would have sent him more than twelve legions of angels to have delivered him. But what he most exceedingly feared was the weight of infinite justice; the being "bruised" and "put to grief" by the hand of God himself. Compared with this, everything else was a mere nothing; and yet, so greatly did he ever thirst to be obedient to the righteous will of his Father, and to "lay down" even "his life for the sheep," that he vehemently longed to be baptized with this baptism, Luke 12:50. Indeed, his human nature needed the support of Omnipotence; and for this he sent up strong crying and tears: but, throughout his whole life, he showed that it was not the sufferings he was to undergo, but the dishonour that sin had done to so holy a God, that grieved his spotless soul. The consideration of its being the will of God tempered his fear, and afterwards swallowed it up; and he was heard not so that the cup should pass away, but so that he drank it without any fear.
Verse 8
[8] Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
Though he were a Son — This is interposed. lest any should be offended at all these instances of human weakness. In the garden, how frequently did he call God his Father! Matthew 26:39, etc. And hence it most evidently appears that his being the Son of God did not arise merely from his resurrection.
Yet learned he — The word learned, premised to the word suffered, elegantly shows how willingly he learned. He learned obedience, when be began to suffer; when he applied himself to drink that cup: obedience in suffering and dying.
Verse 9
[9] And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
And being perfected — By sufferings, Hebrews 2:10; brought through all to glory.
He became the author — The procuring and efficient cause.
Of eternal salvation to all that obey him — By doing and suffering his whole will.
Verse 10
[10] Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
Called — The Greek word here properly signifies surnamed. His name is, "the Son of God." The Holy Ghost seems to have concealed who Melchisedec was, on purpose that he might be the more eminent type of Christ. This only we know,-that he was a priest, and king of Salem, or Jerusalem.
Mark 10:35-45
Verse 35
[35] And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.
Saying — By their mother. It was she, not they that uttered the words. Matthew 20:20.
Verse 38
[38] But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
Ye know not what ye ask — Ye know not that ye ask for sufferings, which must needs pave the way to glory.
The cup — Of inward; the baptism - Of outward sufferings. Our Lord was filled with sufferings within, and covered with them without.
Verse 40
[40] But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.
Save to them for whom it is prepared — Them who by patient continuance in well doing, seek for glory, and honour, and immortality. For these only eternal life is prepared. To these, only he will give it in that day; and to every man his own reward, according to his own labour.
Verse 45
[45] For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
A ransom for many — Even for as many souls as needed such a ransom, 2 Corinthians 5:15.
(John Wesley's Explanatory Notes).
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Oboedire "In-Sight: Contemplation–Perspective & Power"by J. Steven Harper for Mondsy, 15 October 2018

Oboedire   "In-Sight: Contemplation–Perspective & Power"by J. Steven Harper for Mondsy, 15 October 2018
​Previously (September 10, 2018), I wrote a blog entitled, "Contemplation: Essence and Vision." My purpose was to liberate contemplation from a limited definition of its being a spiritual practice, releasing it into the broader notion of it being an overarching experience.
Today's post holds onto that message, but now I want to look at contemplation as a perspective and a power. By perspective I mean that contemplation is a unitive consciousness which is formed when (to use Pauline language) "spirit, soul, and body" (1 Thessalonians 5:23) interact to produce (as we saw in the earlier post) the love of God, neighbor, and self.
Richard Rohr recently described this perspective as "a unique way of knowing...the way you know and think of yourself [in relation to God and others] when you are sincerely praying and present." [1] Contemplation creates the awareness that at the core of existence is oneness, interconnectedness, and unity. [2]
It is out of this perspective that the power emerges--the power of transformation. Contemplation is not so much an elevated consciousness as it is an engaged one. The vision given in contemplation becomes the voyage initiated by contemplation. Here is the outcome of contemplation's unitive consciousness--action.
Thomas Merton looked long and hard at the relation between contemplation and action, concluding that "a certain depth of disciplined experience is a necessary ground for fruitful action." [3] Here again we see the root/fruit sequence, but today we see it to note we need not fear that contemplation will produce a passive interiority. Jesus himself taught that abiding in him, and he in us, enables us to bear much fruit (John 15:5). Authentic contemplation provides a vision which moves us to action in some way.
In 2012, then Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, moved this realization into our time. Speaking of it in an address at the Vatican he said, "To put it boldly, contemplation is the only ultimate answer to the unreal and insane world that our financial systems and our advertising culture and our chaotic and unexamined emotions encourage us to inhabit. To learn contemplative practice is to learn what we need so as to live truthfully and honestly and lovingly. It is a deeply revolutionary matter." [4]
The 'deeply revolutionary' nature of contemplation is Williams' way of describing its power. The fact is, there is nothing more powerful than a vision that never fades away (despite challenges and setbacks), but rather prevails to overcome evil with good. Messengers come and go (by natural death and martyrdom), but the Message never dies. Nothing is more powerful than something you cannot kill.
[1] Richard Rohr, Daily Meditation, 9/16/18.
[2] It is important to note that this singularity does not mean the loss of differentiation, but rather leaving behind notions of separateness, superiority, etc. In the spirit of Richard Rohr, everything is not the same, but everything belongs. In/out thinking is overcome so that our energy is given to finding ways to experience life together.
[3] Thomas Merton, 'Contemplation in a World of Action' (Doubleday, 1973), 172. Though not published until after his death, Merton had written and arranged most of what is in this book. Some of his other writings were added. I am re-reading this book, and coming to think it is among his most important contributions in relation to matters of renewal, wholistic spirituality, and living faithfully God's call in our day.
[4] Archbishop Rowan Williams, address to the Synod of Bishops in Rome, October 10, 2012. Richard Rohr quoted a longer segment of this address in his Daily Meditation, 9/16/18.
J. Steven Harper for Monday, October 15, 2018
Categories: In-Sight

INCOMMON Church of the Nazarene in San Diego, California, United States for Sunday, 14 October 2018 with Pastor Jeff Jimenez

1 I exhort you, therefore, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer yourselves as a sacrifice, living and set apart for God. This will please him; it is the logical “Temple worship” for you. 2 In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the ‘olam hazeh. Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed. 3 For I am telling every single one of you, through the grace that has been given to me, not to have exaggerated ideas about your own importance. Instead, develop a sober estimate of yourself based on the standard which God has given to each of you, namely, trust. 4 For just as there are many parts that compose one body, but the parts don’t all have the same function; 5 so there are many of us, and in union with the Messiah we comprise one body, with each of us belonging to the others.
What do consider a church and to be your church?
When do you know you belong to a church that you have been going to?
We are a people of God who are made up of a diversity of people.
Ask James why he yelled out "Why Lord?"
We must realize that we should think more highly of others than ourselves.  What is happening with my son James? Is it this sermon or is it ehat he has found out on his phone/tablet.
Always rememeber that we are not the center of the universe. What is happening to my son tonight?
We must realize that we are a part of a community and we are not better than others because we all have gifts to offer the community that works with other people's gifts.
This message can teach myself and my son how to be content with who we are and not desire to be the center of attention.
We are met to live in community with the body of Christ, the church.
*Too often people with disabilities do not feel apart of the church because they are not allowed to give their God given gifts for building up God's kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven.
Usually, it is the small things we do with and for others in the church community. The pastors are suppose to have this attitude as well. People do not grow churches, God does.
Too often, I have attempted to raise James to think this way, but he hears and sees differently from leaders in the church, lay and clergy.
May we approach the Holy Eucharist in realizing we are a part of his church with our gifts and graces along with other people's gifts and graces.

First Church of the Nazarene in San Diego, California, United States for Sunday, 14 October 2018 with Pastor Seldon Dee Kelley, III "Power Play" Mark 11:28.

First Church of the Nazarene in San Diego, California, United States for Sunday, 14 October 2018 with Pastor Seldon Dee Kelley, III "Power Play" Mark 11:28.
Hebrews 12:
1 So then, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us, too, put aside every impediment — that is, the sin which easily hampers our forward movement — and keep running with endurance in the contest set before us, 2 looking away to the Initiator and Completer of that trusting,[Hebrews 12:2 Habakkuk 2:4] Yeshua — who, in exchange for obtaining the joy set before him, endured execution on a stake as a criminal, scorning the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.[Hebrews 12:2 Psalm 110:1] 3 Yes, think about him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you won’t grow tired or become despondent. 4 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in the contest against sin.
5 Also you have forgotten the counsel which speaks with you as sons:
“My son, don’t despise the discipline of Adonai
or become despondent when he corrects you.
6 For Adonai disciplines those he loves
and whips everyone he accepts as a son.”[Hebrews 12:6 Proverbs 3:11–12]
7 Regard your endurance as discipline; God is dealing with you as sons. For what son goes undisciplined by his father? 8 All legitimate sons undergo discipline; so if you don’t, you’re a mamzer and not a son!
9 Furthermore, we had physical fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them; how much more should we submit to our spiritual Father and live! 10 For they disciplined us only for a short time and only as best they could; but he disciplines us in a way that provides genuine benefit to us and enables us to share in his holiness.
11 Now, all discipline, while it is happening, does indeed seem painful, not enjoyable; but for those who have been trained by it, it later produces its peaceful fruit, which is righteousness. 12 So,
strengthen your drooping arms,
and steady your tottering knees;[Hebrews 12:12 Isaiah 35:3]
13 and
make a level path for your feet;[Hebrews 12:13 Proverbs 4:26]
so that what has been injured will not get wrenched out of joint but rather will be healed.
14 Keep pursuing shalom with everyone and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one misses out on God’s grace, that no root of bitterness[Hebrews 12:15 Deuteronomy 29:17(18)] springing up causes trouble and thus contaminates many, 16 and that no one is sexually immoral, or godless like Esav, who in exchange for a single meal gave up his rights as the firstborn. 17 For you know that afterwards, when he wanted to obtain his father’s blessing, he was rejected; indeed, even though he sought it with tears, his change of heart was to no avail.
18 For you have not come to a tangible mountain, to an ignited fire, to darkness, to murk, to a whirlwind, 19 to the sound of a shofar, and to a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further message be given to them — 20 for they couldn’t bear what was being commanded them, “If even an animal touches the mountain, it is to be stoned to death”;[Hebrews 12:20 Exodus 19:12–13] 21 and so terrifying was the sight that Moshe said, “I am quaking with dread.”[Hebrews 12:21 Deuteronomy 9:19]
22 On the contrary, you have come to Mount Tziyon, that is, the city of the living God, heavenly Yerushalayim; to myriads of angels in festive assembly; 23 to a community of the firstborn whose names have been recorded in heaven; to a Judge who is God of everyone; to spirits of righteous people who have been brought to the goal; 24 to the mediator of a new covenant, Yeshua; and to the sprinkled blood that speaks better things than that of Hevel.
25 See that you don’t reject the One speaking! For if those did not escape who rejected him when he gave divine warning on earth, think how much less we will escape if we turn away from him when he warns from heaven. 26 Even then, his voice shook the earth; but now, he has made this promise:
“One more time I will shake
not only the earth, but heaven too!”[Hebrews 12:26 Haggai 2:6, 21]27 And this phrase, “one more time,” makes clear that the things shaken are removed, since they are created things, so that the things not shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we have received an unshakeable Kingdom, let us have grace, through which we may offer service that will please God, with reverence and fear. 29 For indeed,
“Our God is a consuming fire!”[Hebrews 12:29 Deuteronomy 4:24; 9:3; Isaiah 33:14]

Job 23:1 Then Iyov answered:
2 “Today too my complaint is bitter;
my hand is weighed down because of my groaning.
3 I wish I knew where I could find him;
then I would go to where he is.
4 I would state my case before him
and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know his answering words
and grasp what he would tell me.
6 Would he browbeat me with his great power?
No, he would pay attention to me.
7 There an upright person could reason with him;
thus I might be forever acquitted by my judge.
8 “If I head east, he isn’t there;
if I head west, I don’t detect him,
9 if I turn north, I don’t spot him;
in the south he is veiled, and I still don’t see him.
10 Yet he knows the way I take;
when he has tested me, I will come out like gold.
11 My feet have stayed in his footsteps;
I keep to his way without turning aside.
12 I don’t withdraw from his lips’ command;
I treasure his words more than my daily food.
13 “But he has no equal, so who can change him?
What he desires, he does.
14 He will accomplish what is decreed for me,
and he has many plans like this.
15 This is why I am terrified of him;
the more I think about it, the more afraid I am —
16 God has undermined my courage;
Shaddai frightens me.
17 Yet I am not cut off by the darkness;
he has protected me from the deepest gloom.

Mark 11:23 Yes! I tell you that whoever does not doubt in his heart but trusts that what he says will happen can say to this mountain, ‘Go and throw yourself into the sea!’ and it will be done for him. 24 Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, trust that you are receiving it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive your offenses.” 26 [Mark 11:26 Some manuscripts include verse 11:26: But if you do not forgive, your Father in heaven will not forgive your offenses.”]
27 They went back into Yerushalayim; and as he was walking in the Temple courts, there came to him the head cohanim, the Torah-teachers and the elders; 28 and they said to him, “What s’mikhah do you have that authorizes you to do these things? Who gave you this s’mikhah authorizing you to do them?” 29 Yeshua said to them, “I will ask you just one question: answer me, and I will tell you by what s’mikhah I do these things. 30 The immersion of Yochanan — was it from Heaven or from a human source? Answer me.” 31 They discussed it among themselves: “If we say, ‘From Heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘From a human source, . . . ’” — they were afraid of the people, for they all regarded Yochanan as a genuine prophet. 33 So they answered Yeshua, “We don’t know.” “Then,” he replied, “I won’t tell you by what s’mikhah I do these things.”

Jesus is questioned here by the teachers and the Sadducees and Pharisees being the Sanhedrin.
Tney ars the religious and political authority under the Roman Empire's rule.
Why was Jesus doing what he was doing?
Jesus answers their question with a question about what authority John the Baptist had from eart or Heaven. They did not answer so Jesus did not answer.
Before this passage was Jesus entry on a donkey into Jerusalem. Now he enters the Temple with nothing happens. Later, the people seek a Barabbas to lead a violent revolt, a peaceful revolt. The withered fig tred is an imaje of God's chosen people who miss their reliance on themselves rather than God.
Jesus was seeking to end the class divisions.
The Temple was a center of life for the local and distant Jews.
There was not much division between faith and daily lives and commerce.
Description of the various hats we wear in our lives.
Our journey should be interconnected with our faith and daily lives fully.
With God in me, this is connected to all areas of our lives.
Why did Jesus overturn the tables in the Temple when on religious controlled them.
Jesus was probably more upset with how they placed too high a price on the items so even the poor would be able to worship in the Temple.
Jesus went on to talk about the power of prayer to his disciples.
Be careful how you lead people in the religiously authority.
How is the people of God to the various marginalized people of society?
Again, was John the Baptist authority of God or of people.
Love requires no authority than God's authority.
Are we the people of God, his church, do all what we can do for the marginalized of society and his church?
God dwells in the midst of each us and our relationship with the marginalized and the uner served.
Think more of the politics of family, neighbors, and the church.
Could our prayers of imagination begin to change us and people around us?

The Upper Room Daily Reflections: daily words of wisdom and faith in Nashville, Tennessee, United States for Sunday, 14 October 2018 "Lessons from Impatience"

The Upper Room Daily Reflections: daily words of wisdom and faith in Nashville, Tennessee, United States for Sunday, 14 October 2018 "Lessons from Impatience"
Today’s Reflection:

OFTEN PATIENCE REQUIRES us to slow down, pay attention, and see God in the midst of our frustration. When you get impatient, ask God what God would like you to see in that moment. (Kara Oliver, Passing It On)
From the Daily Practice for Back to School, Week 2, page 53 in Passing It On: How to Nurture Your Children’s Faith Season by Season by Kara Lassen Oliver. Copyright © 2015 by Kara Lassen Oliver. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
Today’s Question:
What can you learn from experiencing impatience?
Today’s Scripture: Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27, NRSV)
This Week:
pray for those without enough to eat.

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This week we remember: John Woolman (October 7).

John Woolman
October 07
John Woolman (1720-1772), Quaker and abolitionist. Born in Northampton, Burlington County, West Jersey (now New Jersey), of devout Quaker parents, Woolman became acquainted early with the operations of divine love. A serious youth, he developed a conviction that cruelty toward any living creature is inconsistent with the claiming of a love for God. Employed at age twenty-one by a merchant in Mount Holly, he quickly found his creed put to the test when he overrode his conscience to write a bill of sale for a black woman slave owned by his master. At twenty-six he began traveling the American colonies to strengthen various Meetings as a "minister" in the Religious Society of Friends. On the very first of these missions he witnessed the evils of slavery. From that time until his death from smallpox in England, he spent about one month a year traversing the colonies to plead with Quakers to free their slaves.
Woolman gave up a prosperous merchandising business to learn a tailor's trade lest daily demands encumber him and prevent him from doing God's leading. Little by little, he perceived that injustices such as slavery did not result from intentional hurt but from insensitivity to the impact of our desire for comfort and convenience on others' lives. The answer, therefore, begins with love. If we live by agape love, we cannot overlook the hurt we bring, however indirectly, to others. Woolman recognized that looking at such large problems as slavery may cause us to throw up our hands in despair and do nothing in response. Believing that small efforts matter, however, he acted out of the confidence that God would use any good effort. He did not live to see the end of slavery even among Quakers, but largely because of his efforts, by 1787 no American Quaker owned a slave.
Woolman's Journal, the primary source for his life and thought, is available in a variety of editions.
If John Woolman had taken the Spiritual Types Test he probably would have been a Prophet. John Woolman is remembered on October 7.
[Excerpted with permission from the entry on John Woolman by E. Glenn Hinson, from The Upper Room Dictionary of Christian Spiritual Formation, edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe. Copyright © 2003 by Upper Room Books®. All rights reserved.]

Lectionary Readings for Sunday, 14 October 2018
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Psalm 22:1-15
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31

Job 23:1 Then Iyov answered:
2 “Today too my complaint is bitter;
my hand is weighed down because of my groaning.
3 I wish I knew where I could find him;
then I would go to where he is.
4 I would state my case before him
and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know his answering words
and grasp what he would tell me.
6 Would he browbeat me with his great power?
No, he would pay attention to me.
7 There an upright person could reason with him;
thus I might be forever acquitted by my judge.
8 “If I head east, he isn’t there;
if I head west, I don’t detect him,
9 if I turn north, I don’t spot him;
in the south he is veiled, and I still don’t see him.
, 16 God has undermined my courage;
Shaddai frightens me.
17 Yet I am not cut off by the darkness;
he has protected me from the deepest gloom.

Psalm 22:
1 (0) For the leader. Set to “Sunrise.” A psalm of David:
2 (1) My God! My God!
Why have you abandoned me?
Why so far from helping me,
so far from my anguished cries?
3 (2) My God, by day I call to you,
but you don’t answer;
likewise at night,
but I get no relief.
4 (3) Nevertheless, you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Isra’el.
5 (4) In you our ancestors put their trust;
they trusted, and you rescued them.
6 (5) They cried to you and escaped;
they trusted in you and were not disappointed.
7 (6) But I am a worm, not a man,
scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
8 (7) All who see me jeer at me;
they sneer and shake their heads:
9 (8) “He committed himself to Adonai,
so let him rescue him!
Let him set him free
if he takes such delight in him!”
10 (9) But you are the one who took me from the womb,
you made me trust when I was on my mother’s breasts.
11 (10) Since my birth I’ve been thrown on you;
you are my God from my mother’s womb.
12 (11) Don’t stay far from me, for trouble is near;
and there is no one to help.
13 (12) Many bulls surround me,
wild bulls of Bashan close in on me.
14 (13) They open their mouths wide against me,
like ravening, roaring lions.
15 (14) I am poured out like water;
all my bones are out of joint;
my heart has become like wax —
it melts inside me;
16 (15) my mouth is as dry as a fragment of a pot,
my tongue sticks to my palate;
you lay me down in the dust of death.

Hebrews 4:12 See, the Word of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword — it cuts right through to where soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart. 13 Before God, nothing created is hidden, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.
14 Therefore, since we have a great cohen gadol who has passed through to the highest heaven, Yeshua, the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we acknowledge as true. 15 For we do not have a cohen gadol unable to empathize with our weaknesses; since in every respect he was tempted just as we are, the only difference being that he did not sin. 16 Therefore, let us confidently approach the throne from which God gives grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need.

Mark 10:17 As he was starting on his way, a man ran up, kneeled down in front of him and asked, “Good rabbi, what should I do to obtain eternal life?” 18 Yeshua said to him, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good except God! 19 You know the mitzvot — ‘Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t give false testimony, don’t defraud, honor your father and mother, . . .’”[Mark 10:19 Exodus 20:12–13(16); Deuteronomy 5:16–17(20)]20 “Rabbi,” he said, “I have kept all these since I was a boy.” 21 Yeshua, looking at him, felt love for him and said to him, “You’re missing one thing. Go, sell whatever you own, give to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow me!” 22 Shocked by this word, he went away sad; because he was a wealthy man.
23 Yeshua looked around and said to his talmidim, “How hard it is going to be for people with wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 The talmidim were astounded at these words; but Yeshua said to them again, “My friends, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God! 25 It’s easier for a camel to pass through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.” 26 They were utterly amazed and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Yeshua looked at them and said, “Humanly, it is impossible, but not with God; with God, everything is possible.” 28 Kefa began saying to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Yeshua said, “Yes! I tell you that there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, 30 who will not receive a hundred times over, now, in the ‘olam hazeh, homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and lands — with persecutions! — and in the ‘olam haba, eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first!”
 (Complete Jewish Bible).Job 23:1-9
Verse 2
[2] Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
To-day — Even at this time, notwithstanding all your pretended consolations.
Stroke — The hand or stroke of God upon me.
Groaning — Doth exceed my complaints.
Verse 3
[3] Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
O — I desire nothing more than his acquaintance and presence; but alas, he hides his face from me.
Seat — To his throne or judgment-seat to plead my cause before him.
Verse 5
[5] I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
Know — If he should discover to me any secret sins, for which he contendeth with me, I would humble myself before him, and accept of the punishment of mine iniquity.
Verse 6
[6] Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
No — He would not use his power against me, but for me; by enabling me to plead my cause, and giving sentence according to that clemency, which he uses towards his children.
Verse 7
[7] There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
There — At that throne of grace, where God lays aside his majesty, and judges according to his wonted clemency.
Dispute — Humbly propounding the grounds of their confidence.
So — Upon such a fair and equal hearing.
Delivered — From the damnatory sentence of God. This and some such expressions of Job cannot be excused from irreverence towards God, for which God afterwards reproves him, and Job abhorreth himself.
Verse 8
[8] Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:Is not — As a judge to hear and determine my causes, otherwise he knew God was essentially present in all places.
, 16-17
Verse 16
[16] For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
Soft — He hath bruised, and broken, or melted it, so that I have no spirit in me.
Verse 17
[17] Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.
Because — God did not cut me off by death.
Before — These miseries came upon me.
Covered — By hiding me in the grave.

Psalm 22:1-15
Verse 1
[1] My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
My God — Who art my friend and father, though now thou frownest upon me. The repetition denotes, the depth of his distress, which made him cry so earnestly.
Forsaken — Withdrawn the light of thy countenance, the supports and comforts of thy spirit, and filled me with the terrors of thy wrath: this was in part verified in David, but much more fully in Christ.
Roaring — My out-cries forced from me, by my miseries.
Verse 3
[3] But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
But thou art — Just and true in all thy ways, this he adds to strengthen his faith, and to enforce his prayers, and prevail with God for the honour of his holy name, to hear and help him.
Inhabitest — Whom thy people are perpetually praising.
Verse 6
[6] But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
A worm — Neglected and despised.
People — Not only of the great men, but also of the common people. Which doth not so truly agree to David as to Christ.
Verse 7
[7] All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
Shoot out — They gape with their mouths, in mockery. This and the next verse are applied to Christ, Matthew 27:39,43.
Verse 12
[12] Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
Bulls — Wicked and violent, and potent enemies; for such are so called, Ezekiel 39:18Amos 4:1.
Of Bashan — As the cattle there bred were, and therefore fierce and furious.
Verse 14
[14] I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
Water — My spirits are spent and gone like water which once spilt can never be recovered; my very flesh is melted within me, and I am become as weak as water.
Bones — I am as unable to help myself, and as full of torment, as if all my bones were disjointed.
Wax — Melted, through fear and overwhelming grief.
Verse 15
[15] My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
Dried — I have in a manner no more moisture left in me, than is in a dry potsherd.
Cleaveth — Through excessive thirst and drought.
Death — Thy providence, delivering me into the power of mine enemies, and by thy terrors in my soul.

Hebrews 4:12-16
Verse 12
[12] For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
For the word of God — Preached, Hebrews 4:2, and armed with threatenings, Hebrews 4:3.
Is living and powerful — Attended with the power of the living God, and conveying either life or death to the hearers.
Sharper than any two-edged sword — Penetrating the heart more than this does the body.
Piercing — Quite through, and laying open.
The soul and spirit, joints and marrow — The inmost recesses of the mind, which the apostle beautifully and strongly expresses by this heap of figurative words.
And is a discerner — Not only of the thoughts, but also of the intentions.
Verse 13
[13] Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
In his sight — It is God whose word is thus "powerful:" it is God in whose sight every creature is manifest; and of this his word, working on the conscience, gives the fullest conviction.
But all things are naked and opened — Plainly alluding to the sacrifices under the law which were first flayed, and then (as the Greek word literally means) cleft asunder through the neck and backbone; so that everything both without and within was exposed to open view.
Verse 14
[14] Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Having therefore a great high priest — Great indeed, being the eternal Son of God, that is passed through the heavens - As the Jewish high priest passed through the veil into the holy of holies, carrying with him the blood of the sacrifices, on the yearly day of atonement; so our great high priest went once for all through the visible heavens, with the virtue of his own blood, into the immediate presence God.
Verse 15
[15] For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
He sympathizes with us even in our innocent infirmities, wants, weaknesses, miseries, dangers.
Yet without sin — And, therefore, is indisputably able to preserve us from it in all our temptations.
Verse 16
[16] Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Let us therefore come boldly — Without any doubt or fear. Unto the throne of God, our reconciled Father, even his throne of grace - Grace erected it, and reigns there, and dispenses all blessings in a way of mere, unmerited favour.

Mark 10:17-31 
Verse 17
[17] And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
Matthew 19:16Luke 18:18.
Verse 20
[20] And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
He answering, said to him, Master — He stands reproved now, and drops the epithet good.
Verse 21
[21] Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Jesus looking upon him — And looking into his heart, loved him - Doubtless for the dawnings of good which he saw in him: and said to him - Out of tender love, One thing thou lackest - The love of God, without which all religion is a dead carcass. In order to this, throw away what is to thee the grand hinderance of it. Give up thy great idol, riches. Go, sell whatsoever thou hast.
Verse 24
[24] And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
Jesus saith to them, Children — See how he softens the harsh truth, by the manner of delivering it! And yet without retracting or abating one tittle: How hard is it for them that trust in riches - Either for defence, or happiness, or deliverance from the thousand dangers that life is continually exposed to. That these cannot enter into God's glorious kingdom, is clear and undeniable: but it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a man to have riches, and not trust in them. Therefore, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom.
Verse 28
[28] Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
Lo, we have left all — Though the young man would not.
Verse 30
[30] But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.He shall receive a hundred fold, houses, … — Not in the same kind: for it will generally be with persecutions: but in value: a hundred fold more happiness than any or all of these did or could afford. But let it be observed, none is entitled to this happiness, but he that will accept it with persecutions. 
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The God Pause Daily Devotional from The Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States for Sunday, 14 October 2018 "This Is My Father's World," ELW 824, verse 3

The God Pause Daily Devotional from The Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States for Sunday, 14 October 2018 "This Is My Father's World," ELW 824, verse 3
3. This is my Father's world;
oh, let me not forget
that, though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father's world;
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is king, let heaven ring;
God reigns, let earth be glad!
At first I struggled with this line: "Why should my heart be sad?" Some days life is sad. Some days we're heartbroken. This line seemed to say we should just pull ourselves out of the depths. I have friends who live with depression, who do often ask why they're so sad. But "Cheer up!" is the last thing they need to hear. So I almost chose a different hymn to write about. But still, this troubling line kept creeping back into my thoughts.
Finally, I looked at the last line: "God reigns, let earth be glad!" The hymn doesn't say we should be glad. It says the earth is glad. It reminds us we are surrounded by God's power. The Lord is King; heaven rings! God is still God! This is still God's world. We can be sad and heartbroken but also remember that the One who rules the world is the same One who holds us and our hearts in love.
This is your world, O mighty One. When we cannot be glad and when we cannot find joy, let the earth ring it out for us. Help us to remember your power, creativity and love. Amen.
Sarah Raymond, '13
Pastor, Grand Forks Rural Parish, Thompson, N.D.
The Luther Seminary
2481 Como Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108, United States