25 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-29-23

  1. Good morning, Kim and everyone!
    Brrr. It’s unusually cold out this morning—39 is the low, and it feels it. Even the birds are wearing their puff jackets like AJ’s junco in the the header, all fluffed up to keep warm.

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  2. It’s in the 40’s here, and I rate that as cold after getting up to 80 a few days ago!

    Warm coffee and a warm cat in the lap as I prepare to do Bible study gave me reason to thank God for such comfort.

    I think I will shop for some food to donate to the food pantry. In our Ruth study where we were challenged to do kind acts for others, I thought that since we have no field to leave food on for gleaning, just maybe, giving food to the food pantry could be the equivalent today.

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  3. March is food shelf month, so our church collects and sends to our local one. They will send a check, too, if people want to give that way.

    I can just see the Junco’s puffed up ‘coats’. Definitely cabin fever time here.

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  4. From Paul Tripp today:


    ~ This is the final week in our 5-part series about biblical themes that will help us to combat the “corrupting talk” that comes out of our mouths (Ephesians 4:29)—or in these digital days, comes across in our social media comments, texts, and emails.

    Here is a quick recap:

    1. Sin: We don’t need a better communication strategy; we have a sinful heart. “For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).

    2. Grace: Jesus is “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14), but too often, we excuse toxic talk under the guise of truth.

    3. Identity: Being secure in your identity as a child of God (1 John 3:1-3) removes the burden of being praised, accepted, affirmed, and agreed with.

    4. Glory: If you’re obsessed with your own glory, you won’t pursue the glory of God and love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 18:11-12).

    What’s the fifth and final theme? It’s the final chapter of God’s story, and the forever that will follow.

    5. Eternity

    I am persuaded that much of the toxicity we contribute to and experience in our communication and relationships is the result of eternity amnesia.

    Every Christian believes in eternal life, but we don’t always live with eternity in view today. When we do, it changes the way we react to everything in life.

    Eternity comforts us with one amazing truth: everything will be okay because God will make all things new again.

    “‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’ And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new’” (Revelation 21:4-5, ESV).

    Could it be that much of the fearful, defensive, angry, and anxious reactivity that lives in our communication and relationships is the result of eternity amnesia? Could it be that we have lost sense of the plot and have forgotten how our story will end?

    The pastors I mentor have told me again and again that the angry reactivity which now lives in their congregations is driven by fear:

    * What if our liberties are taken away?
    * What if this leader doesn’t win?
    * What if this view of gender wins the day?
    * What if this conspiracy theory turns out to be true?
    * Fearful people arrive at family gatherings, church, elections, and social media defensive, angry, and loaded.

    We don’t need to live in a state of panic. We know who we are, what we have been graced with, where God is taking us, and how it will all end.

    God will win, and his children will celebrate that victory with him and share in its spoils!

    P.S. – I have adapted these last five weeks from my latest book, Reactivity: How the Gospel Transforms Our Actions and Reactions. I have been grieved by how Christians on social media talk to one another publicly. It’s a troubling contrast to Jesus’s words in John 13:35: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

    But even if you don’t have a Twitter account and have never left a nasty comment on social media, we all struggle with toxic reactions in our relationships. My prayer is that God will use Reactivity to help us love one another, just as Christ loves us. ~

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  5. Just saw this on Twitter, for example, posted by a PCA pastor:

    ~ In my anger at the Covenant shooting, I spoke unkindly and unknowingly to someone who deserved more compassion. The fault was mine and I apologize. I’ll strive for better listening and less talking. ~

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  6. I was watching the 10 p.m. news-talk hour on fox last night and they had a guest (seemed like a new rotating regular?) who seemed familiar to me.

    Turns out I’d covered him when he ran in 2014 against one of our entrenched incumbents and I had to preview the race.

    ~ In a political era characterized by partisanship and polarization, John Wood Jr. is hoping to revive some once-respected values: reconciliation, consensus and humility.

    “Everyone’s going to have different perspectives and it’s OK to have different opinions,” the 27-year-old writer, jazz musician and digital marketing sales representative said. “We need to be open to other ideas.”

    But with little money or name recognition — not to mention his Republican Party label in an overwhelmingly Democratic district — Wood’s quixotic challenge to unseat entrenched incumbent Rep. Maxine Waters in the 43rd Congressional District is a long shot, to say the least.

    The two will go head to head on the Nov. 4 ballot. … ~

    He went on to lose, of course, but fun to see him in what could be a new role if it works out.

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  7. I love being in a liturgical church and following the church calendar. It gives a rythm to my life. I also love taking communion every Sunday. It reminds me…
    We now receive the bread in our palm, then we intinct it in the wine. It didn’t take too long for me to be “back where I belonged”… in the Anglican Church to end up on the alter guild again. I get nervous every Sunday that I am “on”. I will be the one for the 8 am service on Palm Sunday. I’m nervous about getting it right.

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  8. We observe communion weekly which is such a blessing.

    Past churches I’ve been in, even other conservative Presbyterian churches, haven’t done that.

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  9. Good morning, all. A beautiful day in the neighborhood here. Snowing off and on, sun between.

    Boise brother will not be able to come up as he is still under the weather and took a turn for the worse yesterday. He always tests before coming up so does not think it is covid.

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  10. A book highly recommended by a friend: Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion

    I listened to a smple on Audible. The English lady narrator has a nice accent. Sounds like a great book to prepare Christians for difficult discussions.

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  11. I stopped by our neighborhood Methodist church yesterday and saw the cross draped with the purple cloth. I used to dress that cross with the symbolic colors So glad to see it done again. I think I went there once during Lent and did not see it dressed.

    I get my photos of dogwoods in bloom there each year. I also saw Wesley’s Eagle project, the enclosed structure where the church garbage cans are kept. Just thinking that the present staff probably hasn’t a clue that it was designed and made by a Scout.

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  12. The New York Times

    Pope Francis will be hospitalized for several days to treat a respiratory infection, the Vatican said.

    The pontiff is 86 and has a recent history of medical challenges.

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  13. It seems a minor miracle, but with the cool day I actually got our front lawn mowed. PTL! I drank ginger and turmeric tea as a prremptive action against soreness😀 The grass was short since son mowed over spring break, but with all the rain we’ve had it was beginning a quick growth spurt.

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  14. I just called my tax office. I asked them if it would be possible to get a rough estimate as I have no idea what I may or may not owe. The gal was very understanding and said that someone would call me.
    Of course in California the deadline has been moved to October. But I don’t want to worry about it until October.
    Plus I am getting ready to go to Israel and would like to know the state of my finances.

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  15. Yeah, and I think even with the moved deadline payments need to be made still by April 15? I may be wrong, however.

    FINALLY finished a long story I’ve been working on for 2 days. One inch shorter than what I thought it would end up being! Had a ton of quotes to squeeze in, everyone got back to me which was great, but made for challenges.

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  16. I didn’t realize how late it’s getting tonight. I’ve been rereading my “script” for the Mark Twain Live performances which start Saturday. 😲 No fooling!

    Anyway, here is today’s song for the season. One of my favorite non-hymns.

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