Monday, August 18, 2008

Ordinary Time: Monday, August 18, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

In this passage, Micah makes a big mistake.  He has an idol set up in his house, he is not doing the things that God would have him to do, but he thinks that if he has a Levite as a priest in his house, all is right.  God is interested in our hearts.  He is interested the very being of our lives.  He doesn't want us to pretend to live in His life, He wants us to actually live in His.  

Today, life awaits us.  All the things of God await us.  They come from a heart committed to God, a heart that comes into God's presence, and a heart devoted to Him.  And in these things, we'll find His life.  

New Testament Lesson

Stephen in this passage is killed for the Gospel.  But, notice what happens at the very end.  It says Saul approved of their killing.  Saul was one of the leaders in trying to crush the movement of the early church.  He was one that was trying to stop this new move.  And he approved of Stephen being killed.  

Whenever you think that you may have gone to far, go back and read this passage.  The very one that approved the killing of Stephen and who tried to destroy the church; that is the one that God used to help grow the church.  If God can still use Saul (Paul) He can still use us.  

Gospel Lesson

Whoever hears the word of Christ and believes has life. That's it, that's the list.  Today, let us not try to jump over all the hurdles that people try to place in our ways.  Let us simply believe.  And, it is in that belief that we will find life now, and in the age to come.  

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