MONDAY MEDITATION: Gratitude and Vision (August 8)

Moses issued a command that was proclaimed throughout the camp: “Every man and woman should stop making gift offerings for the sanctuary project.” So the people stopped bringing anything more because what they had already brought was more than enough to do all the work. – Exodus 36:6-7 What an interesting dilemma Moses had. The …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: He Knew Human Nature (August 1)

But Jesus didn’t trust them, for he knew mankind to the core. No one needed to tell him how changeable human nature is! – John 2:24-25 (The Living Bible) Who Jesus didn’t trust were the people enamored by his miracles. He suspected they were seeking a new source of entertainment. What would be more entertaining …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: Jesus’ Grammatical Mistake (June 27)

Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. – Matthew 6:11-12 Jesus could have followed “bread” with a totally new sentence beginning with “Forgive.” That would have been grammatically correct, because every grammar teacher knows you don’t begin a sentence with a conjunction. But Jesus …

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Less Than the Ideal?

A quirky passage in Deuteronomy frames the breaking apart of the United Methodist Church quite nicely. Deuteronomy 15:1-6 presents a beautiful, idyllic vision for the Israelites. Personal debts would be forgiven/cancelled every seven years. If everyone honored such grace, Israel would find itself being a utopia: “Of course there won’t be any poor persons among …

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