Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
20 For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, to meet Israel in battle in order that he might utterly destroy them, that they might receive no mercy, but that he might destroy them, just as the LORD had commanded Moses. 21 Then Joshua came at that time and cut off the Anakim from the hill country, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab and from all the hill country of Judah and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua utterly destroyed them with their cities. 22 There were no Anakim left in the land of the sons of Israel ; only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod some remained. 23 So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD had spoken to Moses, and Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. Thus the land had rest from war.
4 Every man who has something on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head. 5 But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head, for she is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved. 6 For if a woman does not cover her head, let her also have her hair cut off; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head. 7 For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. (1 Corin 11:4-7)
21 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, "One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." 22 But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property. 23 And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, "How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God !" 24 The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:21-25)
I'm not saying these verses are best left uninterpreted, or that we shouldn't apply our minds to make sense of them ethically or theologically. All I'm suggesting today is that we pause and say to God, "God, I don't like this verse. I admit that my perspective is my own and not yours. Please help me to work through these feelings and this verse with you."
Monday, January 23, 2012
John Crosby rightly predicted that the process would be “messy.” It’s almost a cute word to describe the exuberant adrenaline rush that comes with such passionate new direction. It’s messy because new ideas are bursting out all over the place. People who are passionate for mission, for meaningful theology, and for a church that is tied together by relationships rather than paperwork all united behind this cause. It felt like we were given permission to imagine. It was, in a word, fun.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
(One of the big perks of writing about my miscarriage was that since people were already pressuring us to have kids, going public with our journey was actually helpful. People tend to be less pushy when they know you’ve just miscarried. How about we work on being less pushy all the time? You never know what someone is going through.)
Monday, January 16, 2012
Also, if you have not shared your sadness with some close friends who can support you, I encourage you to do so. Being sad is hard enough. Being sad and having to fake happiness around the people who love you is not a burden you should have to carry.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
|This is my home away from home.|
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
By Laura Ziesel
January 9, 2012
"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." -Matthew 5:48
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
I'm enjoying this as much as I can before school starts back in a week.