THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE – During the Vietnam War, peace activist A. J. Muste (1885-1967) stood in front of the White House night after night with a candle – sometimes alone. A reporter interviewed him one evening as he stood there in the rain. “Mr. Muste,” the reporter said, “do you really think you are going to change the policies of this country by standing out here alone at night with a candle?” A.J. responded, “Oh, I don’t do this to change the country, I do this so the country won’t change me.” And with Muste’s example in our hearts, we have a new series of posts (both mine and guest bloggers) on how we can light a candle of hope in 2017.
EVERY FAMILY’S STORY (Luke 15) – The story of “the man with two sons” is the essence of the gospel. It is a simple story, really, replayed throughout history and replicated every day in urban centers, small towns, and rural areas. A father is raising two sons. The elder son is responsible, obedient, and hardworking. The younger son longs long to leave home and explore the freedom in the world “out there.” The father loves both sons, even though they sorely try his patience.
This story is often called the story of the “prodigal” son, but as Tim Keller has famously shown us in the book The Prodigal God, it is really the story of a prodigal father – a man whose love is big enough to encompass the failings of both sons. How does this story affect my life and yours in 2017?
TO ACT JUSTLY – How do we respond to the world to the world of 2017? How do we react to the principles of the Trump Presidency? No matter what side of the political spectrum you are on, our Christian values and commitment are important and must be upheld. I hope to bring my perspective as a Christ-follower trying to live like Jesus in time of anxiety, frustration, and anger.
JOURNEYS – Check out this series of blogs on the topic of Journeys. A journey can be an actual trip or it can be a pathway to spiritual or emotional growth. It can be a life-story passed down to children or grandchildren. A journey can detail the change of a relationship, the sharing or ending of a marriage, the details of a career, the recognition of a calling. It can describe the faithfulness of God’s work in a life or the dark night of a soul in that same life. It can even describe our paradigm shifts, the changes in thinking and the unlearning we go we have to do throughout our lives. Several guest bloggers will be featured in this series. Join us as we share the journeys of our hearts.
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL FORMATION? If you are interested in the general topic of Spiritual Formation, you might want to check out 14 entries I have written for the Daily Devotional booklet, Words of Hope (from February 1, 2016 to February 14. You can find them online on the Words of Hope website (If the link is broken, here is the address: woh.org/word/devotionals/) As usual, these are my very personal reflections about how a belief system needs to be supported by a personal, intimate relationship with God and training to become more like Jesus. Perhaps they will be helpful to you.
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Visit THE BEST OF LIVING AS APPRENTICES page on the menu line on the home page of the blog. Since this blog is now home to more than 670 posts, it’s time to regularly bring back some of the best posts from the past. The term “best” is not determined by vote or views; I’m the judge and executioner. My goal is to list what I think are the most significant posts that represent the concept of living as apprentices of Jesus.