First Steps – May 21, 2018

Thomas a’ Kempis once said:
“Why are you upset when things don’t go the way you wish? Who gets everything his/her way? I don’t. You don’t. No one does. Not one person on earth—not even a king or a pope—has a problem-free life. Do you know who can deal with troubles best? It is the person who is willing to suffer something for God. Thoughtless people say, ‘Look at the happy life that person leads! Money! Prestige! Power!’ But if you consider the riches of heaven, you will see that these earthly things are inconsequential, undependable, and more a burden than a privilege.  They are always accompanied by anxiety and fear.  Our happiness does not depend upon owning a lot of things.  Having enough to get along will do.

Life on earth involves misery. The spiritually perceptive person is even more aware of this because that person sees clearly the effects of human corruption…Friend, don’t give up your spiritual journey.”

If no one gets everything their way and life involves some misery, then perhaps our efforts in life should focus more on the one who brings comfort and peace. Faith in God transcends circumstances. Trust in him in all things and you will find what you need in all things.

 

This week’s reading:

  • Monday – Mark 9
  • Tuesday – Mark 10
  • Wednesday – Mark 11
  • Thursday – Mark 12
  • Friday – Mark 13

Please Pray for:

  • Our Military –  leaders and soldiers
  • Our families, workplace, church, and community
  • Those grieving the loss of loved ones
  • Building Renovations, Modifications, and Phase 3: Construction of New Youth Building and rear parking

First Steps – May 14, 2018

Trees are similar to our souls, both require two basic initial ingredients that are essential for its future: good soil and strong roots. However, we cannot grow strong roots without good soil.

Therefore, what is good soil for our souls? With what do we fill this hole we’ve created? Generally good soil is made up of about 25 percent water and 25 percent air (made mostly of oxygen and nitrogen). The other half is made of stone, clay, and organic matter – decaying plant and animal life. We are not surprised to learn that soil is half air and water – things we know we need in order to live as much as trees do.

But what is the spiritual equivalent of good dirt? The answer: humility. Just as trees wither and die without good soil, our soul will not grow without humility. With that soil in place, roots can form in the earth, and as they grow deep and strong, the tree moves out of the ground and toward the light. If you want to grow in your faith, humility is a must. For this reason, remember the words of Jesus, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4).

 

 

 

This week’s reading:

  • Monday – Mark 4
  • Tuesday – Mark 5
  • Wednesday – Mark 6, 7
  • Thursday – 1 Corinthians 13
  • Friday – Mark 8

 

Please Pray for:

  • Our Military – leaders and soldiers
  • Our families, workplace, church, and community
  • Those grieving the loss of loved ones
  • Building Renovations, Modifications, and Phase 3: Construction of New Youth Building and rear parking

First Steps – May 7, 2018

Each Sunday we pray what is considered to be the most famous prayer in all of Christendom—the Lord’s Prayer.   This prayer contains two sections that help you reflect on and pray for a greater knowledge of God. The first line of the prayer, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,” reminds you that you should enter into the presence of God with great reverence for the Almighty and personal humility in that holy presence. Later in the prayer, the line “Give us this day our daily bread,” reminds you of your reliance on God’s goodness. This triggers a sentiment of gratitude and leads you back to the humility that comes from admitting your absolute dependence on God.

Give this prayer a try.  Imagine yourself in the presence of God trusting in his goodness for your life.

 

This week’s reading:

  • Monday – Acts 27
  • Tuesday – Acts 28
  • Wednesday – Mark 1
  • Thursday – Mark 2
  • Friday – Mark 3

Please Pray for:

  • Our Military –  leaders and soldiers
  • Our families, workplace, and community
  • The Unwillingly absent
  • The St. Paul Church family
  • Building Renovations, Modifications, and Phase 3: Construction of New Youth Building and rear parking