pastor read Mark 8:27-38.
the question: "But what about you? Who do you say I am?"
Peter answered, "You are the Christ."
pastor spoke of what that may have meant to Peter in that moment: You are to be worshipped, You will cleanse the temple, You will set us free, You will reign on high.
however, things were not to happen as Peter may have supposed.
Jesus then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."
- "But what about you? Who do you say I am?"
- do we ask Him to fulfill our preconceived notions of who He is -or- do we accept Him for who He is, His ways
- do we take up our cross, denying ourselves so that we can best bear His image
giving thanks for the gifts 333-364
a pastor who studies His Word
shares His Word
and asks real questions
our God, who has all of the answers
knowing that He dwells in us, that we may best bear His image
a friend's suggestion for Bible study
the decision made
knowing together we will dig deeper
whole wheat bread
salsa jar turned pencil holder
7am grocery shopping while the family sleeps
the second game of the season
our boy, the center, receiving the honor of captain this week
the tradition of Saturday afternoon in the pool
our tired boy taking a rest on Daddy's back
our girl, smiling
a rainbow after the storm
the grandparents who came in to visit, watch the football game, & celebrate
the end of a terrific day
snuggled up in the dark
the sound of hubby's sleepy breathing
whispered prayersthe gift of faith
just stopped by here:
thanking our Father for His faithfulnessasking you for a multitude of prayers this multitude Monday
as this family misses and celebrates God's little girl, their girl