Monday, July 27, 2009

Ordinary Time: Monday, July 27, 2009

Old Testament Lesson

We see know the plan that began when David was a young boy begin to be completed. God had marked David as the one that was to be king. And it took a long time. Years of struggle and fighting, years of betrayal and tear. Hard years. But, now the plan was coming into place. David would be king.

God's plan don't always work on our schedule. But they do work on His schedule and His plan. And His' is always the better way. Trust in Him, even when things look like they may not work out when we want it. God is at work. Something great will come out of it.

New Testament Lesson

We see here, God take something bad and bring something good out of it. Paul and Barnabas had a disagreement. Barnabas was a forgiving person, always willing to give someone another chance. Just like he did with Paul when Paul first became a Christian. He wanted to take John Mark with them on the journey. Paul was against it; John Mark deserted them when they needed it last time. So, they parted way. Now, there were two groups out spreading the Gospel. And more leaders were being raised up, more good was being done, more folks were hearing the good news of God's amazing grace. God took this, and brought a good thing out of it.

Gospel Lesson

Pride is a dangerous thing. Because of his pride, Herod did something he knew was wrong. He had John the Baptist beheaded. He knew it was wrong. He knew he shouldn't. He didn't even want to. But, he had too much pride to admit he made a mistake. And that pride is a terrible thing.

Today, may we have the humility to admit when we've made a mistake. May we have the humility that we need for the living of life.

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