Top3 for July 24, 2020

Here are a few things I have been reading and thinking and praying about recently.

#1

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?

Romans 8:31–32 (NRSV)

These are the words of promise that can turn our days into hopeful ones regardless of the circumstance we find ourselves.

#2

Too many of us walk into Christian community looking for it to be a reflection of ourselves. But what we really need is for our communities to be a reflection of Jesus. A reflection of His love, service, power, and sacrifice.

– Austin Wofford

I think the thing most missing in our communities from the final sentence above is power. You find a great deal of love, service, and sacrifice even. And I am grateful beyond words for this. There are a lot of faithful followers.

What I am praying for, in addition, is the manifestation of power by the Holy Spirit to heal sickness of body and mind, reconcile estrangements, and bind evil in every form. I am praying for the miraculous movement of the Spirit like in the book of Acts to flow through communities of faith. I’m starting to pray as if it will happen and then not attributing answers to prayer as mere coincidence but as acts of God.

#3

“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk: Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

Great reminder to not give up our routines especially in the times of stress. We’ve been reminded even today that we are no where near done with the Covid-19 pandemic. May we be committed to routines that help our mind, our body, and of course our soul.

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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