First Steps – October 28, 2019

In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul wrote, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” In this passage, Paul reminds us that everything we do, we do for God’s glory. Even if we don’t think it is “spiritual” or “worthy” of God’s glory, it doesn’t matter because our entire life is lived for his glory.

Actually, one could make a case that everything that is created is for God’s glory. It is larger than us. Granted we want to participate in God’s glory, but we are only a small thread of the tapestry that illustrates his glory. I was reminded of this reality the other day. While walking across the quad (where I serve, there is a large quad between a parking lot and one of our buildings), I looked up to see a beautiful blue sky with white clouds. The sun was shining. The temperature was ideal. It was a perfect scene. My first thought was, “all this is God’s glory.” My second thought was, “how wonderful are His ways.”

How tragic it is when we lose sight of the wonder of God. When our myopic sight restricts us to see only what is before us; or when we are consumed with our individualistic life, we miss something larger. We miss the God of the universe and the vastness that exist in creation. Sometimes, we need a larger vision—I know I do.


This week’s reading:

  • Monday – Galatians 3
  • Tuesday – Galatians 4
  • Wednesday – Galatians 5
  • Thursday – Galatians 6
  • Friday – 1 Corinthians 1

Please Pray for:

  • Staff transitioning from temporary office in the newly renovated Administrative Office Area.
  • The St. Paul Church family – members and staff.
  • Those who are unwillingly absent.
  • Those who are grieving and depressed.
  • The United Methodist Church.
  • Our nation and our leaders.
  • The World.

First Steps – October 21, 2019

On some Wednesday evenings, I lead a contemplative worship service.  I am particularly fond of these services because they lend themselves to meditation and reflection, and I’m convinced we must do both to grow in faith.  In a recent contemplative service, I introduced this quote from Thomas Merton:

The more fruitful and healthy are our lives as members of Christ, the more we are able to communicate the Christ-life to others, in and through the Holy Spirit. The more we are able to give to them, the more we receive from Christ. All the secret influx of mystical life into our souls is intended not only for ourselves but for others. Those who receive the most are those who have the most to give. . . . They have a greater capacity to love Christ in their neighbor because they have a deeper and more intimate experience of their own sorrow and of his mercy.

This week, I invite you to focus on this quote…those who receive the most are those who have the most to give…give out of what you have received.  


This week’s reading:

  • Monday –  Mark 14
  • Tuesday – Mark 15
  • Wednesday – Mark 16
  • Thursday – Galatians 1
  • Friday – Galatians 2
Please Pray for:
  • The St. Paul Church family – members and staff.
  • Those who are unwillingly absent.
  • Those who are grieving and depressed.
  • Ongoing Building Renovations, Modifications.
  • The United Methodist Church.
  • Our nation and our leaders.
  • The World.