Monday, April 10, 2017

Repent, Rebirth, Reconcile, Rejoice, Redemption, Restore

Scripture References:

Isaiah 42:1-9 (5-9)
Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it:

I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;

I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.

I am the Lord, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols.

See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth, I tell you of them.

Psalm 36:5-11  (7-9)
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

Hebrews 9:11-15 (15)
For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, because a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant.

John 12:1-11 (1-8)
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, ‘Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’ (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.’


Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference?
By Philip Yancey

“Just As We Are: Guilty”
Besides being good theology, confession makes for good psychology. As Frederick Buechner notes, God asked Adam and Eve two penetrating questions after their first act of disobedience: “Where are you?” and “What is this you have done?” Therapists, he remarks, have been asking the same questions ever since. “Where are you?” exposes the present reality. They are hiding, naked, ravaged by never-before-known feelings of guilt and shame. “What is this that you have done?” exposes the past.

“Coming Together: Friendship”
I bring to God my failures and sins (confession, repentance) as well as my triumphs and joys (praise, thanksgiving). I bring to God my worries and concerns (petition, intercession). The very attempt to hide something from God is folly, for God knows all of who I am: the hon ne [the part of myself that takes place on the inside], as well as the tatemae, [the part of myself I let people see on the outside], the genetics as well as the environment, the thoughts and motives as well as the actions.