Avoiding Offense

Today is Thursday, February 16, 2017. Nine more days until Spring Training games begin!

Quote of the Day

“If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style.” – Quentin Crisp

Word of the Day

Procrustean – tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means.

Today is Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day. Engineering has long been a male-dominated field. Why is that, I wonder?

Yesterday was a momentous day. C’s big project finally went live. They’ve only got two people using it, mind you, but it’s still up and running, and seems to be working. I would say we would celebrate, this weekend, but C will be in Vegas for the start-up of the U.S. Open Championships. She will be greatly missed around here, that’s for sure.

We had a sort of impromptu prayer gathering yesterday evening at a friend’s house. There were just five of us, and it was very powerful. I seriously felt God’s presence in the room, even before we began praying. I can’t really talk about what we were praying about, yet.

Our bi-weekly missional gathering will not be happening this week, because the family whose house we normally meet at has two sick kids. I think we may have re-scheduled it for next Friday?

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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
Psalm 95:1, 3

Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. Psalm 86:4

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! Psalm 57:5

Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. Psalm 69:6

(From The President’s Devotional)

A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle. Proverbs 18:19

We should always be swift with any necessary apologies. But it would be better, so much better if we avoided the necessity of making them. May God keep us from offending our brothers and sisters.

“Lord, give us sensitivity to our brothers and sisters and help us avoid contention. When our neighbors are offended, we pledge to win them back, but help us not offend in the first place, as much as we can. Amen.” (Joshua DuBois)

Father, give me the grace to always work to avoid offending others. But if I do, give me even more grace and humility to make it right as quickly as possible, so as to not allow the offense to fester and risk breaking relationships.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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