“Just a Sip” from “Coffee with the Lord” Today…

Just a great “sip” from “Coffee with the Lord” this morning… (at the very end of 2 Thessalonians)!

“Now may THE LORD OF PEACE HIMSELF give you peace at all times, in every way!  The Lord be with you!  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all!”  Hey, someone needed that today!!

Swapp’n God-Stories

I remember as a child sitting with my brothers on the edge of an adult conversation… the topic?  The goodness of the Lord – the awesome things He had done – His miracles, His provision, His protection, His leadership!  We’d listen to Mom and Dad and their friends from the local church trade story after story … and then, from the sidelines we’d beg them… “Tell us more!  Tell us more!”

What a marvelous experience that was!  As children we looked forward to the day we’d have our own God-stories to tell! … Now we do!!  And our children tell us those “story-times” were some of the most inspiring, uplifting, and faith engendering things they ever experienced!

I really hope they’re sharing them with their children!  (I know they are!!)  That’s one important way “the faith” – the Christian adventure – gets perpetuated!!  That picture came to mind this morning as I read these words from Psalm 145…

“I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.  Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.  Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.  ONE GENERATION COMMENDS YOUR WORKS TO ANOTHER; THEY TELL OF YOUR MIGHTY ACTS!  They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works.  THEY TELL OF THE POWER OF YOUR AWESOME WORKS— and I will proclaim your great deeds.  THEY CELEBRATE YOUR ABUNDANT GOODNESS and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”  (Psalm 145:1–7)

Let me tell you… The Bartel boys treasure to this day the wonderful privilege of sitting on the edge of those adult conversations, listening to the stories (and we retell them too… in fact I’ve got a few of them running through my mind right now! … In fact, there was the time…) Hey, why not give your children some memories like that?

Who is Greater?

I was at a banquet several years ago where I was being honored and was receiving an award… I even got to sit at the head table!  During the meal a wonderful African-American man served our table diligently, cheerfully, and graciously! 

All of that came to mind as I read this passage today during “coffee with the Lord”…

“A dispute also arose among the disciples as to which of them was considered to be greatest.  Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.  But you are not to be like that! Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.  For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves!” (From Luke 22:24–27)

As I read this passage today I asked myself, “Who was my Lord and Savior most like?  The guy sitting at the head table about to receive an award?  Or the one serving with diligence, cheerfulness and grace?  The words of Jesus pierced my heart today… “I AM AMONG YOU AS ONE WHO SERVES!”  Oh, I want to be done with the petty discussions of “who is considered the greatest” among us!  Instead I aspire to be like Jesus… “I AM AMONG YOU AS ONE WHO SERVES.”

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