Sunday Collectives 2/10/14 – 2/16/14
“What is that like?”
This question is a common one. When I tell someone I was once a pastor but now I work in a bank I get this question. Not always wanting to answer I respond with a “fine” or “different” or something general. Sometimes the question is asked at parties, and even at work. My discomfort with revealing what I do now and what I used to do is acute and has probably caused me to avoid some social situations when I know the question might be asked.
By Sam Williamson
Twenty-five years ago a client asked me to meet with her president for an hour-long lunch. Her president was an industry innovator. She warned me, though, that her president was excruciatingly introverted. She suggested I come prepared with a stockpile of stories to fill the conversational void.
The night before my visit, I talked with my father. He suggested a different plan.
By Tricia Goyer
Two questions are on our minds. If a teen finds herself pregnant are the parents to blame? Or should we point our fingers at the teen’s own bad choices? We ask because the issue hits home.
If you don’t want your daughter to be one of the one million teen girls who find themselves pregnant every year, consider this:
- Be a role model. Our kids often follow where we lead. Consider your life. Are you living with integrity? Are you only having sex within the bounds of marriage? The saying “Do what I say not what I do” never works.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”. Isaiah 40:31
Waiting does not mean staying in one place, from the above scripture, waiting is an action word. The bible verse says, they “shall renew their strength”… waiting does not get you tired if you take it as a noun, but because it is a verb, after the act, your strength must be renewed. Renewed in this context is not just to refresh one’s strength, but an exchange of a person’s strength; as in this case
By Pedro Okoro
Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds. Isaiah 3:10 (ESV)
Jesus knew that he had come from God and would go back to God. He also knew that the Father had given him complete power. 4 So during the meal Jesus got up, removed his outer garment, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 He put some water into a large bowl. Then he began washing his disciples’ feet and drying them with the towel he was wearing. John 13:3-5 (CEV)
John’s gospel tells me in these three verses that this is Jesus, the Son of Almighty God, Emmanuel, God with us, the Messiah who has removed His divine cloak and taken up the towel of a servant.