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Scripture Reading: Acts 14:8-18
It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.
I love living in Chicago.
Not everyone may share this sentiment. Some people complain that it is too hot in July and too cold in January.
For me, living in Chicago gives me a clear sense of the four seasons—the blossoming of new life in spring, the sunny days of summer, the colorful leaves of fall, and the hexagonal snowflakes of winter.
I sometimes imagine that similar thoughts inspired pastor Maltbie Babcock, while he took walks along the Niagara Escarpment, to write “This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. . . . This is my Father’s world. Oh, let me ne’er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.”
We need reminders like this because at times it seems that the world around us can be chaotic. Natural disasters sweep over us, and we can feel so powerless. At other times we can be so proud of our achievements that we need the reminder that this is, after all, our Father’s world.
We can learn well from what Paul says in today’s Bible reading: “We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and . . . everything in them.”
“This is my Father’s world: why should my heart be sad? The Lord is King; let the heavens ring! God reigns; let earth be glad!” In Christ, Amen.Read More at Today
Liz has chosen to try out for the movie instead of the church play, but now nothing is working out right: he can’t do the stunts and the movie’s star is gone. Liz is convinced he’ll never be a true super hero. Join Liz to discover about heroes on this week’s Kids Corner.Read More at Kids Corner
To be clear, I have two biases when it comes to Pokémon Go. First, I haven’t downloaded the app. Second, I’m incredibly wary of dropping everything to create a communications plan around something that’s been popular for only a week. That said, I understand why the game is surging. It’s using phones, geolocation and gaming in an innovative way. Vox has a good...Read More at Church Juice
Whether it’s fictional superheroes or trending internet stories about overcoming the odds, our culture clearly favors stories celebrating strength. Similarly, in the job market we prove our qualification by communicating our accomplishments and experiences through resumes and interviews. Strength, accomplishments, and experiences are all good, but Paul says they're not the point. In fact, when it comes to our spiritual lives and our witness, they can distract us from God. Through the well-known passage about a thorn in his flesh, Paul argues believers should be more comfortable boasting in our weaknesses so that God's grace is evident to all. At the same time, Paul's vulnerability also gives us insight for understanding and responding to our seemingly unanswered prayers.Read More at GroundWork