Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Κύριος Notes


Draw Me Close

Draw me close to you
Never let me go
I'll lay it all down again
To hear you say that
I'm your friend

You are my desire
No one else will do
Cause no one else could take your place
I feel the warmth of Your embrace
Help me find the way Lead me back to you

Scripture Reflections Luke 16
16"The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.

The way that You defined Your ministry Lord was through the preaching of the gospel to the poor...
Matthew 11:4-5 Jesus answered, "Go back and tell John what you are hearing and seeing: 5 the blind can see, the lame can walk, those who suffer from dreaded skin diseases are made clean, the deaf hear, the dead are brought back to life, and the Good News is preached to the poor.

The good news was being preached to people who were not within the normal listening range of the religious establishement. They were hearing for the first time that God loved them with an everlasting love. That it wasn't about power, control, influence or money. The kingdom of God is something so much more!

When You are involved the impacts on my life is transforming and liberating. Ears that have not heard music suddenly can hear, eyes that have never seen colors are amazed by the wonder of royal blue, the dead are raised to new life...and the Good News is heard by people once left out of the religious dialogue.

Who are the people you would be reaching out to in our community Lord Jesus? Who needs to hear the message...where are the people that need healing? Send them Lord and I wil depend on your power to effect change in their lives and in mine.

17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.
18"Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Lord Jesus you fill up to over flowing the law and the prophets. Stuck right in the middle of this teaching on managment, honesty and fidelity you put in this small segment on marriage. It looks as if it is almost an after thought but it is all a piece of the same thought.

Faithfulness, honesty and trust are the same qualities...the same charactor traits no matter where they are found. In a sense marriage is the next logical place to touch on...marriage is a partnership that requires the same qualities lived out over time in the most intimate of surroundings. Small inflections on words can change the meanings. Fidelity of content can be lost so easily in the flow of the communication. Here in the middle of a call to absolute honesty lived out in life's context, you remind your audience of the need for a marriage to be founded on trust that does not allow for anything less than a life time of relationship lived out in plently and in want...in sickness and in health...

So the implications of these two little verses in the middle of this teaching on trust, honesty and management in the middle of a crooked world is: Live out honesty and faithfulness in the little things and in the large things of life...live out fidelity with intensity and grace in the middle of public surrounding and in the middle of the most private of interchanges.

Lord Jesus draw me close to you in this day and never let me go. May my thoughts and my actions be what you would have them to be. Ground me in honesty, faithfulness and fidelity in a world that sometimes is crooked and twisted.

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