Today is Monday, January 7, 2019.
37 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training.
“There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.”
Casey Stengel, American baseball player and manager, 1890-1975
The word of the day is salvific. It means, “of or relating to redemptive power.” (Dictionary.com)
We had a great worship gathering, yesterday. I think the music went quite well, and Jacob’s message was great.
After church, we had Lone Star BBQ for lunch, and then C went out table shopping. We are replacing the table in our breakfast nook. She went all the way to Nebraska Furniture Mart. Not in Nebraska, but almost. I think it’s in The Colony, which is almost in Nebraska. Or McKinney. One of those. Anyway, she picked out four different table sets and sent me pictures. Then we had a phone conversation about which one would work best, and agreed on one. It’s supposed to be delivered Thursday, I think she said. And, thankfully, she paid the extra $50 to have them assemble it.
It’s Monday, and also the first full work week since before Christmas. At least I won’t be getting my days mixed up. We might go to the YMCA tonight and start exercising again. More on that later.
Oh. The Ravens did not play like a playoff team, yesterday. I was not at all impressed by their quarterback. He didn’t seem to have much of a clue. They played like rookies, making sloppy mistakes. They lost much worse than the 23-17 score indicated. So, next Saturday, the Colts will play the Chiefs and the Cowboys will play the Rams. On Sunday, the Chargers will play the Patriots, and the Eagles will play the Saints. I don’t have any real predictions, other than to say I will be super-surprised if the Cowboys beat the Rams. Okay, yes I do. I think the NFC championship will be between the Rams and the Saints. I think the AFC championship will be between the Chiefs and the Chargers.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.
Today I am grateful:
1. For the salvific power of Jesus Christ.
2. That God saw fit to choose me to be a part of His kingdom.
3. That He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us in the struggles of this world.
4. For the forecast of some pretty days this week.
5. For worship songs that inspire me.
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
(The Book of Common Prayer, A Collect for Guidance)
(From Faith That Matters
Who Is God to You? by A.W. Tozer)
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Just a few verses away from my “life verse” (Psalm 86:11), resides this gem of a verse. My reading for today springs from it, opening with this statement: “The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God.” That’s a statement that should make us all step back and examine the worship gatherings of our various churches. The quality of worship depends on the whether “the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.”
What is the church’s idea of God, what does she say about God, what is her message? I see signs on my drive to work; we get flyers in our mailbox. Many of the sermon series that I see really don’t have much to do with God. They have a lot to do with worldly things, like relationships and money, but little to do with God.
“What comes into your mind when you think about God?” The answer to that question might very well predict our spiritual future. The answer to that question, especially for our “religious leaders,” might also “foretell where the church will stand tomorrow.”
When I think about God, my thoughts typically line up with the above verse from Psalms. He is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love (mercy) and faithfulness. He is here. He is there. He is wherever I am and wherever you are. He is always. God is present with me now, and will be present with me all day. He is other.
Father, I pray that You maintain right ideas about Yourself in my spirit and mind today. Show me what You are doing, that I might “rightly worship You in fullness.” Keep me firmly entrenched in Your mercy and grace.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. Psalm 91:4
Soli Deo Gloria!