First Steps – February 26, 2018

Recently, my daughter turned 16 years old.  Yep, that means she can drive now. As her parent, there is a new level of freedom and anxiety. Freedom in the sense that she can drive herself and less time is required in running her taxi-service. More anxiety for us because she is driving and we don’t have the same level of control over her safety.

As she was preparing to drive, she would watch me as I drove. Naturally, she pointed out all the things that I did wrong.

“Dad, you didn’t use your blinker.”
“Dad, you are speeding.”
“Dad, you are not supposed to balance the steering wheel with your knee.”

I wanted to respond with all types of justifications.  Yet, I knew she was right.

How often do we want to justify our actions with the Holy Spirit? The Finger of God touches an area of our life and we instantly want to give reasons why it is out of sorts. Resist that temptation. Acknowledge that it is there and needs to change. Invite God into the change process surely he will lead you.

 

This week’s reading:
Monday – Luke 1
Tuesday – Luke 2
Wednesday – Luke 3
Thursday – Luke 4
Friday – Luke 5
Please Pray for:
Our Nation and Our Leaders
Phase 2 (Renovation of Current Facilities)
Phase 3 (Construction of New Youth Building)
Traveling mercies for St. Paul members on trips and retreats, locally and abroad

First Steps – February 19, 2018

Worship is our response, both personal and corporate, to God for who he is and what he has done. It is expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.

How we live either affirms or contradicts what we profess about God. Our daily life, not what we do on Sunday mornings, is the gospel message other people receive. For the next two weeks, begin each day with this thought in mind. What you do and say does make a difference.

 

This week’s reading:

  • Monday – Revelation 1-4
  • Tuesday – Revelation 5-9
  • Wednesday – Revelation 10-14
  • Thursday – Revelation 15-18
  • Friday – Revelation 19-22

Please Pray for:

  • Our Nation and Our Leaders
  • Phase 2 (Renovation of Current Facilities)
  • Phase 3 (Construction of New Youth Building)
  • For all those still affected by the flu epidemic
  • For all those suffering in silence