Happy Mother’s Day to mom’s and those who mother. I pray that everyone has a good memory of a mother (or mother type person). We can be blessed by the abundance of women, young and old, in our lives – I know I am.
Today I was talking about the happenings in Acts 16: 16-40. I have continued to reflect mostly on the beginning portion.
Paul in his frustration casts a demon from a young slave woman. Many of the older commentaries lead us to believe that she was saved and set free (from slavery too) and that all was great for her. But more people seem to wonder what might have happened to her. Was her life actually better or not…
Slaves, generally, were only treated well if they were of great benefit and no one else could take their place. When Paul rebuked the spirit in her he took away her value to her owners – which is why the rest of this passage unfolds they way it does. So if she has lost her value, is her life now less than it was – would her masters actually free her or try to find some other way to use her to their benefit?
There is nothing mentioned in the passage about her believing in Jesus – after all it was the demon that told others that Paul and his crew were slaves to the most high God and that it was through their God where one could find salvation.
Matthew 12:43-45 (NIV)
“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
Could her life have ended up worse than before…
Lydia, the jailer and his family were ready to believe and change their lives, but I’m not sure about this young slave girl.
It reminds me that we must be careful of our motives and that sometimes even our good actions can still have negative consequences. When we expect everything we do in Jesus name to turn out right we are setting ourselves up for a faith crisis. We don’t know what happened to this woman. We do know that Paul and Silas received a beating and a night in the cold, drafty, damp dungeon with irons on their wrists and ankles.
They did not loose faith but praised and worshiped God in the midst of despair. They and many were blessed by their ability to trust God no matter what.
Please know the good you sometimes seek to do won’t always be well received, the frustrations you loose may harm some and help others, the harm you seek may be used to help (not that that is an excuse to be okay with harming), but that if we allow God to be the focus of our lives, everything that happens can be used for good even if we don’t see or feel it today.
Walk in love and faith – love and care for others the way God loves and cares for you. If we can all do this – in the end we will all praise God and embrace those around us. What a wonderful place this could be. These three remain; faith, love, and hope and the greatest of these is love!! (I hope you know where that’s from)
Blessed day to all,
Church of the Redeemer Moravian Church is happy to be hosting
Hanamizuki No Kai – Columbus Japanese Women’s Chorus
21st Annual Concert
May 22, 2016
Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and concert begins at 3:30
For most people Easter is a distant memory.
The church calendar has us in Easter until May 8 (Ascension Sunday).
We are often too tired to think about Easter once the big meal is over and yet these weeks in worship are spent looking at what the resurrection means to us and how it affects our life. Jesus didn’t simply rise from the dead, he made sure everyone knew he was alive. He taught, ate, let them touch him, and appeared in rooms with locked doors.
There is something different about the risen Christ as opposed to the pre-crucifixion one. His words seem to go deeper, meetings seem to have a greater effect on the disciples, hearts are warmed, and knowledge grows. The disciples are emboldened as well. They are ready when Pentecost comes. They are bold and speak in languages that those around them can understand (though they were not linguists). They are ready to go out and tell the world about the Messiah – God in the flesh who came to show love and be the ultimate sacrifice so our sins would no longer be held against us, but could be forgiven. Jesus as a human could only touch those he came in contact with, but the Holy Spirit can touch us all anywhere and everywhere. We are never alone – for some that is scary for others it is a comfort.
Has this season of Easter readied you to be bold, to share God’s love, to tell the stories of Jesus life, death and resurrection, to go out and help others become disciples of Jesus? I hope so, there is much to do and many people who need relationships with people and with Jesus.
If you don’t know Jesus now might be a good time to find someone or a church that can help you discover this wonderful gift of grace called salvation that is offered to all who truly believe.
2016 Watchword: “The Lord God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” 1 Chronicles 28:20. Amen (may it be so)
April 21, 2016
Hello all it is time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins.
Join us Sunday at 6:30 a.m. for a traditional Moravian Sunrise service. Scioto Brass is providing a quartet for us to sing with. We begin in the building and then meet the sunrise outside as we remember loved ones who have gone on before us.
Following is a wonderful breakfast as we enjoy time with one another.
Join us for worship During Holy Week
March 20, 10:30 a.m. – Palm Sunday
March 21, 7:00 p.m. – Holy Week Readings – A time of reading and singing through Jesus’ week before his crucifixion
March 23, 7:00 p.m. – Holy Week Readings continue
March 24, 7:00 p.m. – Maundy Thursday worship service and Holy communion. All believers are welcome to share communion
March 25, 7:30 p.m. – Redeemer church and several others will join together at Smoky Row Brethren’s Church to share in the Good Friday worship
March 27, 6:30 a.m. – We will walk to the tomb (not literaly) to discover that the Messiah has indeed risen. After the service we will join together for breakfast and then worship at 10:30 a.m.
Lent has begun. That time of reflection, possible change and hopefully seeking to be about God’s work instead of our own. Most people make New Years Resolutions but I think for Christians Lent is the season for resolutions. To reflect where we have put ourselves, needs and wants above others. Where has our Christianity slipped in the past year, where have we grown. Who is God calling me to be? Am I getting closer. Yes God loves us as we are but Jesus came to show us how we can be.
Redeemer’s watchword for 2016 is “David said to his son Solomon, ‘The Lord God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.’” 1 Chronicles 28:20. There was a job to be done and God would see it through to the end. Solomon was building the temple that his father David had desired to create, and God assured David that it would be finished in Solomon’s day.
What is the work that the Lord has for Church of the Redeemer Moravian? Where are we called to go? Are we following the path? Those are questions we need to ask once in a while otherwise we will go off on our own and try and accomplish what we are not called to do. My prayer as we venture through Lent is to spend time listening to God and hearing what we are called to accomplish. Then we will either continue or we will modify our path so that what we are building is what we are called to build.
May we all take time this Lenten season to be sure we are following the path God has set out for us and if we find we have wandered may we have the courage to correct our trajectory.
Lenten blessings to all.