Endurance

by Beth Richardson on June 21, 2012 · 5 comments

Peace Be Still

Thursday, June 21. In 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Paul describes threats to the early church. How do those same things threaten today’s church?

How does your call relate to those threats of the world?

Words from The Word: The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. -Psalm 9:9, NLT

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Hear and pray the words of Mark 4:34-41.

Pray for: the people and country of Brazil.

Spiritual Tools: This week, try the Ignatian Method as a process of discerning God’s call to you.

Quote:

Sooner or later, Christian spiritual growth puts you right up against the conflict between your voracious desire to stay in control and your call to surrender more deeply. Not all control is detrimental, of course, but you do need to give up trying to control the uncontrollable and learn to trust that all is in God’s hands.

-Tilda Norberg
Gathered Together: Creating Personal Liturgies for Healing and Transformation

From p. 50 of Gathered Together: Creating Personal Liturgies for Healing and Transformation by Tilda Norberg. Copyright (c) 2007 by Tilda Norberg. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

Prayer: God of stillness, hush my fears so that I can hear your voice above the roar of the storms that batter my small boat. Amen.


Art Credit: He Qi – Peace Be Still from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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Pat June 21, 2012 at 8:50 am

To just continue to know that my inborn nature is spiritual. That obstacles will surface for a multitude of reasons, but to continue to persevere.

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Buzz June 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

This scripture seems to weave a pretty big blanket. I think Pat’s answer to the question serves well as the answer for many of us. Against all obsticles I witness Jesus as Christ crucified.

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Nancy June 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Living a Christian life as an example to others in spite of what they to do you and relying on God’s strength is our best defenses against all obstacles the world would put before us.

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Nancy June 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I thought of something else. It is important to be faithful to our church . When the world sees Christian people constantly at odds with each other about the same old issues instead of trying to work out loving solutions – we demean Our Lord. We need to remember who the church belongs to.

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charlie June 26, 2012 at 1:55 am

I used to wonder about why so many around me are afflicted or ill in so many ways bothsmall and large? But, now I realized thats its through the grace and mercy of God that I am so blessed, and not to question, but to go forth in my small way and share that blessing with others knowing , without question that
god and Jesus are so real that they are withme every milisecond of every waking DAY! ….AMAN…C.

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