Two different psalms of thanksgiving. Two different contexts (one from the mountaintop and the other from the pit). What does this stark contrast tell us about the possibility & reasons for thankfulness as people of God?
The upcoming funeral for Queen Elizabeth II & coronation of King Charles III are once-in-a-lifetime events for most of us. But in the history of England there have been some 61 kings over a period of 1,200 years. How does that compare with the Kingdom of Christ? When you compare the two you quickly see that our King is different in duration, power & glory, and accessibility.
Is it possible for a blind man to see? Today, we consider that question, and the dangers of spiritual blindness, by examining Jesus' interaction with a blind man outside the town of Jericho in Luke 18.
It's easy to get the wrong picture about something or someone because we often try to fill-in the blanks with best guesses. This kind of guessing is fraught with peril and easily creates the wrong picture, a distorted picture, of the other person. This is something Jesus himself faced. Today, we consider the example of Eli & Hannah and warn against a cynical filling in of the blanks about other people.
Ahead of our family meeting discussing local outreach efforts, we consider the worthiness of Christ to be proclaimed throughput the world (and in our own town & county). Paul had a thing or two to say about this to Timothy and the church's role in proclaiming Christ.