Archive for November, 2010

“Follow Me-The Feast of St. Andrew”

November 30, 2010

Matthew 4:18-22 “Follow Me” Since I was 12 years old I have sought to follow that call, in the good times, and the bad, I have always sought to follow that call. For me following that call means to give all I have to Jesus, and to let go and trust that all will be well. As I have moved into that element of trust I my depression has ceased and I have found real joy in my life. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“God Is Near”

November 26, 2010

Luke 21:29-31 . . .”The Kingdom of heaven is near.” God is faithful, just as the fig trees ripen every year we know that the love of God is present and his reign is always nears. It was near in the people we fed last night, in the volunteers we had helping, and he is near in the people to whom I give food, socks, and supplies and care to today. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“God Is Near”

November 25, 2010

Luke 21:20-28 The worst of life can be a sign of the best. In the worst of times God is found near. In my own life–when people have turned on me, when I have been rejected by my church, out on my own–God was near and is near. In the life of the kids–who have no where to sleep, who are hassled by the police, and by “upright”, “righteous” people–God is near. I gave out food last night on a cold night–each was so appreciative, and thankful. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!”

“Trusting”

November 24, 2010

Luke 21:12-19–The God who cares for the growth of every hair on our head will keep us in safety, love and protection. I spent time with a 23 year old yesterday who has been used sexually, abused, and had promises made to; I see countless people like that every day, my goal is to be trusted, care for their every hair on their head. For we are called to be God’s hands, feet, heart to people. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“The End Times”

November 23, 2010

Luke 21:5-9; Every so often we see articles about people fearing “the ernd of times”, as in our Scripture for today. The reality is the end comes when we die–so there will be an end of time for all of us, and we are called to trust in God, ultimately trust in God is all we have. The commercials on T.V. about health care, secured trusts all appeal to our insecurity–but ultimately the only trust we have is God.Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Give From Your Heart”

November 22, 2010

Luke 21:1-4 Jesus asks for a generous heart. He does not praise what this woman gave. She gave till it hurt. That is what I seek to do–to give until it hurts–and God calls each one of us to fill that need. Last night I gave out supplies, and blankets to people sleeping on the wet streets, I realized how rich I am, never hungry, never clothes, health care, or a place to sleep. So how can I keep more then I need

“Violence Begets Violence”

November 21, 2010

Luke 23:35-43 Yesterday mornhing two homeless individuals had a fight in fornt of Mel’s and one died. It saddened me, I threw up watching the police do their jobs, and put his body into the van, and people sit there and ate, acting like it was a show. It was sad to see how people seemed to care less about the pain in their midst. Today is Christ the King and it is enough for me that Jesus is the Lord, and that my strongest hope is to be with him when death claims me. Yesterday I leaned on that promse for that man. Deoi Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Facing Fowward”

November 19, 2010

Luke 19:45-48 Jesus always faces opposition, and I face opposition in my ministry-opposition in my simplicity, in the way I live, and in what I believe, as my friend Keenan says: “I challenge the truths of others.” I follow Jesus, I do not step back,and I keep my faced turns towards him. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Recognizing Jesus”

November 18, 2010

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  • Luke 19:41-44–Jweusalem is the name for many cities and countriest today. As Jesus was sorrowful they did not recongize the visit of God when he came, so now the heart of Jesus longs for our love–for the homeless, the disenfranchised, those without health care, and reognition of who he is, and we are all because of him–human beings capable of loving one another. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Hangers On”

November 16, 2010

Luke 19:1-10: Jesus always had people who hung on to him, like Zacchaeus. They follow you, imititate, and irritate, but sometimes they change, like Zaccheus. I have people who hang on to me, and some stay, some go, and there have been those who have found new life. I think of a young man in Seattle who has a job and gives money for our work–he was “hanger on”, and now he walks with us. People change, you just never know when, the key is not to have expectations. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!