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Archive for Saturday, July 31, 2010

Faith Forum: What religious verses help lift your mood?

July 31, 2010

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The Rev. Kara Eidson, campus minister, Wesley KU, 946 Vt.:

From Matthew 6:25-34: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you — you of little faith?”

This is one of my favorite passages of Scripture. Jesus spoke these words to people who knew where their next meal was coming from — which is an important distinction; this is a passage that admonishes needless and unfounded worry. When I am stressed out, when I am feeling down, when I am overwhelmed — I often have turned to this passage in the New Testament. Although I tend to worry a lot, it’s probably one of my favorite passages because I need it so much! In a culture of stress and worry, we are constantly in need of these reminders that none of us can add an hour to our life by worrying, and that “each day has enough trouble of its own.” I often find this verse useful in ministry as well — this reminder to people I serve that God will care for them, rather it is in life or in death.

— Send e-mail to Kara Eidson at kara@fumclawrence.org.

The Rev. Barry Watts, associate pastor, Lawrence Heights Christian Church, 2321 Peterson Road:

As a Christian, I believe in the Bible as the infallible word of God, written by human authors through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is described as “God-breathed” in 2 Timothy 3:16.

The Scriptures are full of love; God’s love for his people. The Bible could then be described as God’s love letter to us all. One can read any part of the Bible to lift their mood. Every part of the Bible points to Jesus Christ and God’s redemptive plan for us. Even sections in the Old Testament that some find uncomfortable and politically incorrect describe God’s fatherly love and discipline. It gives accounts of his righteous wrath against evil. He does all this because of his love for us. Every part of the Bible lifts my mood because it is God’s love letter to me.

Within God’s Word, there are certain sections I find particularly helpful as I strive to live the Christian life within this sinful world. The Bible is made up of 66 separate books, and it can be difficult to decide where to turn when you need help in tough times. I find myself turning often to the four letters the apostle Paul wrote while in prison.

Each of these New Testament books have their distinct characteristics, but are useful in their practical application for today: Faith in Galatians, peace and unity in Ephesians, humility in Philippians and the power of Christ in Colossians. The important part is to open up the Bible and read. After all, the ultimate purpose of the Bible is stated in John 20:31, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

— Send an e-mail to Barry Watts at barry@lawrence-heights.org.

Comments

igby 4 years, 4 months ago

"Thou shall surely die" Lol

I wonder if early Europeans or Asians were as committed to their religion as some South American tribes.

Getting used to the growl of lesser demons should be added to your class schedule since you'll sooner or later need it. It's a cheerful thought to know that all the lesser gods will get fed the marrow of your rotting bones. May the gods strike you on the passing of the second as the East wind quickens the hoar frost, and your head starts to crawl and itch and a tingle runs up your spine. Sucking your life right out of you is an art of all arts, the gods have perfected it to the second. The high Aztec priest would lift his stone knife and wait on the East wind to strike. On the very second, in one quick move your heart was ripped out of your chest, still beating. The glory of the feast of the gods, the high priest and the gods both eating from the same beating heart, the blood drained to feed the lessor nobles on the steps. How many thousands upon thousands were sent to the tower to build the steps. The maidens to Venus the young warriors to Mars. Mercury knows the count, the voices in the heart beat tells the high priest the words. It pulsates in his mouth as the blood rushes out of the beating heart. He, the high priest hears the voice of the god. The god said: Tornado. The high priest thought the god said something else. Bring another, he says with confidence. The sages, a dozen or more counting the count, preparing the next move that only Plato would begin to imagine the task. The sand, water and weights, at the ready. The ells are at the ready, Tesla, would not have known their bath of brine. Hold him, they wait, the feather drops, the high priest raises the stone blade. The bite, and quite, the recorder waits for the high priests to speak. He says: Water. The quarter, now the third, the half, bring another, he says. The sages count, again and again, over and over from Sun rise to Sun Set. From Moon rise to Moon set. What carnage, and you wonder about 2012.

igby 4 years, 4 months ago

When people say that the bible is full of human carnage about blood sacrifice in the story of Abraham and his son Issac on the mount. I think of the lie that people use to justify themselves in their put down of the Jews and the bible's old testament. The Aztec tribe and possibly the Mayan were no doubt experts in human carnage. The media has spread doomsday 2012, all over the world and just look at the attention this has gotten these tribes and yet they are sold as some holy seers work to the public. I ask just to what credit is owed such a blood thirsty bunch when the bible only mentioned this once and God did it to only test Abraham's faith. Therefore the bible is false and these bloody and full of carnage tribes get full credit for telling of up coming events as truth, such as 2012.

Corey Williams 4 years, 4 months ago

“This is what the Lord Almighty says... ‘Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” (1 Samuel 15:3)

“Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us – he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.” (Psalm 137:9)

frador 4 years, 4 months ago

"There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses." (Ezekiel 23:20)

pusscanthropus 4 years, 4 months ago

2 Samuel 11:

2 Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance.

3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, "Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?"

4 David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house.


Those are my favorite verses. The story goes on that David got Bathsheba pregnant, tried to trick her husband into thinking it was his, but then he just sent the husband, Uriah, out to the front line to be whacked. Very Tony Soprano-ish!!!

frador 4 years, 4 months ago

The Bible's an awesome, raunchy gore-fest if you know where to look.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 4 months ago

Jesus mentioned more than once that he was hated and mocked, so all followers should expect the same.

Look at the posts above.

Prophecy fulfilled.

igby 4 years, 4 months ago

Pay no mind to what you hear or see because the battle is not with flesh or blood but with princapalities in high places. The mocking is real and know this one thing that when you hear it you will know your in the realm for knowledge because they do tell on themselves and brag as they frolic one with another using human flesh as they speak out of the ground.

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