God wants us to be all he created us to become.

Wednesday, 2/1/17

Forgive me for forcing my likes and dislikes on you, but this Chapter Twelve of the Letter to the Hebrews has beauty well passed the first six verse I quoted yesterday. Please look with me at verses, 11, 12, and 14.

Verse 11 says, “All discipline at the time seems a cause not foe joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” Can you like me still smart from a whipping from your dad? It was by such measures that he brought me to possess that self discipline without which none of us can be happy. A freins of mine taught at one of the Bridge Schools that warehouse most unhappy undisciplined seventeen-year-olds who waste their days chatting and looking at their nails.

Verse 12 says, “Strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.” By this the Bible means that we should spend our days purposefully.

Verse 14 says, “Strive for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord.”
Our word “holy” is just a variation on the word “Whole.”

The original Greek version of Our Lord’s “Sermon on the Mount” concluded in Matthew, 5/48 with Jesus saying, “In a word, you must be complete. If you are not, you will never see God.”

God does not want us to be goody-goodies. He wants us to strengthen our drooping hands and our weak knees, proceeding to become the whole of which God created us individually to be capable. 

We have a cloud of witness before us.

Tuesday, 2/1/17

Our first reading today is from the opening verses of Chapter Twelve of “The Letter to the Hebrews.” Let me offer you the first six verses that I use as a prayer.

“Since we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and the sin entangling us.

And persevere in running the race that lies before us, while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfection of faith.

And he has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
You have also forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons:

My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when disciplined by him,

For whom the Lord loves he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges.

On its own, it stands as a prayer.