Week 28: Roots

Week 28: Roots Today’s Text: Colossians 1-2 Key Text: Colossians 2:6-7 “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Do you remember the hugely popular TV miniseries called… Continue reading Week 28: Roots

Family

Family Today’s Scripture Selection: Deuteronomy 14:2 “…for you are a people holy to the LORD your God.  Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.” Are you God’s “treasured possession”?  The Scripture says you are. God chose the people of Abraham; Isaac;… Continue reading Family

Week 33 Thursday

Money, Money, Money Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 17-19 Key verse: Proverbs 17:1 “Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.” As a pastor I’ve seen too many families torn apart over money. How many is too many?  Even just one.  And I’ve seen many, many more than… Continue reading Week 33 Thursday

Week 32 Tuesday

All in the Family Today’s scripture selection: First Chronicles 1-5 Key verses: First Chronicles 1:34      Do you know very much about your heritage?  Have you ever done much with genealogy?  Who were the heroes and the “black sheep” in your family?  Are you related to kings, horse thieves, or both?      These are the… Continue reading Week 32 Tuesday

Week 26 Thursday

A Good Sister Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 7 Key verse: Proverbs 7:4 I have one older brother. Growing up, there were times when we were very close to one another. And there were other times when we wanted to kill each other – at least metaphorically speaking. I don’t suppose we were much different than… Continue reading Week 26 Thursday

Week 10 Tuesday

Family Ties Today’s scripture selection: The Book of Ruth Key verse: Ruth 1:16 Family – sometimes it’s “can’t live with them; can’t live without them.”  Even in the happiest of families, conflict and disagreement are inevitable. That’s one reason people love the story of the biblical characters named Naomi and Ruth. At its core –… Continue reading Week 10 Tuesday

All in the Family

Today’s scripture selection: Matthew 1-2

Key verse: Matthew 2:6

In just a few weeks I will be officially over the hill, a little over half-a-century old. (Actually, by six years, but who’s counting?)  Still, I can remember what it was like to be a young kid, sitting on the carpet in my grandparent’s home in Ohio, watching BONANZA and enjoying an “Eskimo Pie”.  Back in those days I didn’t have any responsibilities.  I had few worries.  I wasn’t a husband or a pastor or a citizen.  I was just a kid.  I was Osie and Pappy’s grandson; Gene and June’s little boy; Chuck’s younger brother.  But already the die was cast.  I was soon to be a member of God’s kingdom – baptized by my own father, himself a minister.  And, though I didn’t know it then, that first critically important choice would richly color my life forever more.

In Matthew’s gospel we learn that there “were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.”  Matthew, writing to a Jewish audience, wanted to make a point.  The Savior was a descendant of Abraham.  And, while we might find that long genealogy in chapter one tedious, it says a lot.  It reminds us that, over thousands of years, God was at work, carefully preparing to rescue His people through the ordinary – and sometimes extraordinary lives of ordinary people.

He still does that.  God reaches out to us in both ordinary and extraordinary ways to reminds us of one thing – how much He loves us.  And we, one life at a time, can be part of that redemptive story.  You are only one person in a vast sea of humanity.  But you are important.  You are part of a story, made up of many generations.  You have unique gifts and gifts that are only yours to share.  You can be part of God’s redemptive story, both as recipient and giver.  You are more than somebody’s kid; somebody’s brother or sister; somebody’s employee or employer; somebody’s mom or dad or grandparent.  You are God’s own beloved.  Enjoy the journey and make it count – one changed life at a time.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for lovingly calling me to be part of your family.  Show me how to live out my destiny according to your will.  Help me to be thankful for each and every opportunity to live my life fully and abundantly.  In Jesus’ holy name, AMEN.