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Freedom

October 21, 2009 Leave a comment

What’s the good word? I am preparing for Reformation Sunday this week. A Sunday that is a BIG day for the Lutheran Church. And as it is every year, the Gospel comes from John 8:31-36. In it Jesus tells us that if we continue in his word we will know the truth and the truth shall set us free. Free from what? Well a freedom from sin. If we look at Jesus as the “New Exodus” (if I can coin that phrase from Rob Bell) then this is indeed an exodus from our ways of sin. If you look at the whole story of the Old Testament, you will begin to see a patern of slavery to exodus out of slavery. Ultimately this becomes exile later on in the story, just before we hit the “newer” testament. It is evident by the stories we see in the older testament that people were just stuck in a vicious cycle, and that cycle had a lot to do with sin. But Jesus was sent to bring us into a new exodus, an exodus that will free us from the slavery of sin. Freedom from sin is not an innate characteristic, but rather is seen as a gift of God, available only through Jesus. This was a new and radical idea. But just as Moses lifted up the stake in the wilderness as he led the exodus, so too was a stake lifted up in the new exodus from sin, but this time it came with someone on it. Jesus. And that’s the good word for today.

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Molded

October 1, 2009 Leave a comment

What’s the good word? Today I attended a network meeting and during our devotions we were asked to mold a piece of clay into anything we wanted. For some reason I thought of a smooth skipping stone. You know those? They are these flat smooth rocks that have been formed by the waves that are ideal for skipping across the water. Why was I molding that? It occurred to me that when we pick up a skipping rock we toss it across the water and it now is relocated to a different spot. The stone may not have wanted to go there, but it now is, and it’s served a purpose. This may be a stretch, but it might be the same with us. Sometimes we are quite content where we are. We’ve gotten into a routine and we are comfortable where we are, but God has other plans. God has a purpose for us. And one day we are picked up and sent to another place. Sometimes we may not want to go, but God has a reason and a purpose for us to go. God has molded us with gifts and perhaps the gifts can be used somewhere else for good. One other thing I noticed. As I molded the clay, I could see my finger prints on the clay. So too, when God molds us, God’s finger prints are all over us. That’s the good word for today.

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