The Family of God

Today is Sunday, February 12, 2017. One more day until pitchers and catchers report!

Quote of the Day

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” – Will Durant

Word of the Day

Calliopean – piercingly loud; resembling a calliope in sound.

Today is Lost Penny Day. See how many lost pennies you can find today. Personally, I try to avoid pennies. I am of the opinion that they should be removed from our economy.

Yesterday turned out to be exactly like I thought it would. The only thing we did was go buy groceries. We ordered pizza for lunch, which turned out being dinner, too, at least for me. We watched some TV, and I played some Tomb Raider on the PS4. Sadly, I did not get my guitar down. That’s totally on me, as I had plenty of opportunity to do so.

Spring Training officially begins tomorrow! Thirteen days until the first game, and 50 days until Opening Day!

This morning, we are getting ready for our worship gathering. We worship at The Exchange, which meets at 9100 N. Beach St., in Fort Worth, TX. The gathering begins at 10:15. I play keyboard in the worship band.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 
  Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah. 
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
Psalm 67:3-5

Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O LORD, according to your justice give me life. Psalm 119:149

Save us, we pray, O LORD! O LORD, we pray, give us success! 
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.
Psalm 118:25-26

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!” Psalm 122:1

“O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept my prayers; and because in my weakness I can do nothing good without you, give me the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments I may please you in both will and deed; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” (The Divine Hours)

(From Living the Message)

What we have in this thing called church, the community that has been created by the Holy Spirit, is something that truly resembles the family that we already know. Just look at the vocabulary: brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers. What is the message here? Can we manage to have in this community what we’ve always were never able to have in our earthly families? Some of what was lost in Eden is regained in Gethsemane. (Eugene Peterson said “All that was lost . . .” I think that is stretching it a bit.) “Relationships learned at the cross of Christ, the ways of love and the techniques of forgiveness, will give you the brother and sister you longed for, the son and daughter you desired.” It’s rather miraculous, actually. The childless can find children in the Church. The motherless and fatherless can find mothers and fathers in the Church. Only children, like myself, can find brothers and sisters in the Church. It’s not perfect. But it will be someday.

Jesus responded, “Who do you think are my mother and brothers?” Looking around, taking in everyone seated around him, he said, “Right here, right in front of you—my mother and my brothers. Obedience is thicker than blood. The person who obeys God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” 

Father, thank you for making me a part of this family. While I have had a great experience with my earthly family, not everyone can say this. You have provided a “heavenly” family for us. We can learn so much by participating in this family! Thank you for the brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, and even children, that you have given us to love. Help us to love them as we would love our own families. Or, in some cases, help us to love our own families the way we love the Church.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God.

You will notice we say “brother and sister” ’round here,
It’s because we’re a family and these are so near;
When one has a heartache, we all share the tears,
And rejoice in each victory in this family so dear.

From the door of an orphanage to the house of the King,
No longer an outcast, a new song I sing;
From rags unto riches, from the weak to the strong,
I’m not worthy to be here, but praise God I belong!

(Words and music by Bill and Gloria Gaither)

Grace and peace, friends.

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