Chapter 3 of Daniel. Giant golden statues, rebellious Hebrews, fiery furnaces and mysteries in the flames. Powers, principalities and kingdoms in conflict! This chapter has it all! The notes and workbook are available at the “Notes” tab above, under “Women’s Bible Study.”
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace…
I’ve been thinking about the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis. It occurs to me that it is a fitting inspiration as I learn how to coexist in a culture nearing midnight.
All around us we hear of violence and antagonism; of dispute and discouragement. Time and again I feel like “throwing my hat into the ring” on some of it. I want to make my opinion known. Fight for the right, you know? I recently did just that and then regretted it. I’ll talk about that next time.
Seriously, what good will it do to stake out my position in a society that is coming unraveled? Particularly when my own garden here in “God’s Kingdom coming” needs tending. While the world outside blusters and blows, shouldn’t we be the calm in the storm?
St. Francis does a good job of outlining our job here between heaven and earth:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
The second half of the teaching of Daniel 2. I believe that this chapter is essential for us to understand the panorama of scripture. The notes and workbook for Daniel 2 and 3 have been uploaded. You can read and download them under the “Notes” tab above.
Jody explores the second chapter of the prophetic book of Daniel in the first of two parts.
A while back I wondered on this blog about starting another blog at stonebutterfly.net, a domain name that I hold. I was concerned about some of the things I see going on in the culture and was thinking about addressing the “in-house” response that we Jesus followers should make as we live in a culture nearing midnight.
I’v e decided not to start up another site. I already curate this one at ‘tween2worlds as well as twoworldsmedia.com, summithome.org, danmayhew.net, and I need to be launching the site that’s sitting idle at abideministries.us.
Rather, I’ve decided to try to consolidate my of my online activities so I’m not splattered all over the web. That means that my thoughts about the church in a culture at midnight will appear here at ‘tween2worlds. They’ll have their own category, “Culture at Midnight.” There are a few already so labeled.
Stay tuned for more.
Occasionally, I am amazed at the perseverance of some of the Biblical characters. Elijah and the drought, for example. The prophet prays for rain, asks his assistant if he sees anything—nothing—and so Elijah goes on praying. I would have looked at the sky a couple of times and figure God wasn’t going to come through for me. Then I would have gone home.
Elijah kept on praying.
And think about Anna and Simeon who waited for years around the Continue reading Are You Ready to Quit?