Evening Meditation 6-30-16

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But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me. Psalm 13: 5,6

What does it mean to sing praise?

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Indoor/Outdoor Walks

Well it has been a few weeks since I have been able to partcipate in any challenges. I have been dreaming of squirreling away some time to meet Cee’s  Fun Foto Challenge again and this week my dreams come true with this post about WALKWAYS.

Click the underlined link to find all of Cee’s contributors.

Here are my walks.

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The Relay For Life Walk in Gardner MA

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A Walk through the cemetery at Cashel

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The Witch’s Stairs at Blarney Castle

 

St. Joseph’s Abbey, MA

 

Run Pt. 3

We have been going through Sunday’s sermon at Cornerstone, entitled “Run”, point by point.

If you missed Pt. 1 find it HERE.

If you missed Pt. 2 you can find that HERE.

Here is Pt. 3

We finished yesterday asking, “So what are some ways that people run?”

 Some people “run away.”

Listen, we all know the world is getting dark: The United Kingdom just voted to leave the EU and the world is speculating what the future of that alliance is; Refugees continue to stream in to Europe from Syria and the Middle East sparking controversy about terrorism; Shootings across our country have us questioning the Constitution itself; The upcoming elections have our country more divided than any other time in history since the Civil War; The church itself seems threatened by political pressure from the outside and unbelief from the inside.

In light of such circumstances Psalm 11 asks, “When the foundations are being destroyed,what can the righteous do?”

Some would say the answer is just to run away or withdraw from society; Stock up on food; Stock up on fuel; Arm your sons and hide your daughters; Flee to the mountains! Withdraw from society.

That is what some people say is the answer. But is it the Christian answer?

Run Pt. 2

Today we are continuing with another excerpt from Sunday’s sermon at Cornerstone entitled Run.

If you missed Pt. 1, it can be found HERE.

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Let’s begin today’s excerpt by revisiting our opening Scripture.

Psalm 11

In the Lord I take refuge.

How then can you say to me:

“Flee like a bird to your mountain.

2For look, the wicked bend their bows;

they set their arrows against the strings

to shoot from the shadows

at the upright in heart.

3When the foundations are being destroyed,

what can the righteous do?”

4The Lord is in his holy temple;

the Lord is on his heavenly throne.

He observes everyone on earth;

his eyes examine them.

5The Lord examines the righteous,

but the wicked, those who love violence,

he hates with a passion.

6On the wicked he will rain

fiery coals and burning sulfur;

a scorching wind will be their lot.

7For the Lord is righteous,

he loves justice;

the upright will see his face.

I think the first thing we have to recognize is that society encourages us to live our lives running. How many of you feel like life just makes you run all the time? How many of you find yourself getting tired of running sometimes?

Can I suggest here that maybe it is not the running that is the problem but the way we are running?

Isaiah 40 :31 helps to understand this when it says…

“They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall RUN AND NOT GROW WEARY THEY SHALL WALK AND NOT FAINT.”

The problem is not in the running, then. It is in how we run.

So what are some ways that people run?

More tomorrow!