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Christine's Blog – August 2015 Archive (14)

Maybe we’ve got it all wrong

Maybe we’ve got it all wrong.  

rom Matthew 10.32-42 



We get so caught up in the day to day, don’t we? Our thoughts range from, ‘Where am I supposed to be? Who is expecting what out of me? Boy, the price of gas has gone up! When is my next…
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Added by Christine on August 28, 2015 at 7:28am — No Comments

Never Promised you a Rose Garden

Never Promised you a Rose Garden. Matthew 10.16-31 



About 10 years ago, when my daughter graduated from U.C. Berkeley, she was hired off campus by Johnson & Johnson as a pharmaceutical rep, and almost immediately, sent back to New Jersey for training. Just…
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Added by Christine on August 27, 2015 at 7:46am — No Comments

God Surprises Us.

God Surprises Us. Matthew 10.5-6 



We think we have him all figured out—especially in America. We can size him up and put him in a box, many times on a shelf, but he really will not fit in either. Preachers with various letters and dots behind their names, from…
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Added by Christine on August 26, 2015 at 8:15am — No Comments

Corporate Training—by Jesus

Corporate Training—by Jesus.  

Matthew 10.5-15 



The other day I was talking to a friend who had been trained by Xerox years ago; for a long time, Xerox had a very highly rated training program, and is still ranked fairly high compared to…
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Added by Christine on August 25, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Disciples … why them? How about you?

The Disciples … why them? How about you? Matthew 10.1-4 



He works in and around a beautiful coastal harbor, with boats and people all around, but the fact is, he works as a deckhand on a fishing boat, and it is hard, tiring, smelly work. Then came the day…
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Added by Christine on August 24, 2015 at 7:56am — No Comments

Why Go in Twos?

Why Go in Twos?  

Matthew 10.1-5a 



The first time I met ‘the two’, I was 13 years old, and the year was 1974. Believe it or not, we drove 3,000-plus miles from Alameda, California, (near San Francisco) to Anchorage, Alaska, to see an aunt…
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Added by Christine on August 20, 2015 at 7:44am — No Comments

Matthew chapter 10

Matthew chapter 10

Can’t you just picture Jesus, looking out at the crowd, looking at people in the marketplace … watching and knowing that they just simply did not ‘get it’…how his heart went to them!  Yet, who would go?  Who would tell them,…

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Added by Christine on August 19, 2015 at 8:23am — No Comments

Jesus, Man for Others

Jesus, Man for Others.  Matthew 9.35-37 







When I saw her standing there, she had the strangest look on her face. 



I mean, I had just had a lengthy conversation with her following the Sunday morning service, but what was happening, what was wrong? ‘Laura … hey, are you okay?’ ‘Yeah, I’m just looking at Marilyn walk away—worried about her; she’s so lost without Al.’ Al had passed suddenly when the couple was in Paris. See it has…

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Added by Christine on August 18, 2015 at 7:37am — No Comments

You can’t be neutral about Jesus

You can’t be neutral about Jesus.  Matthew 9.27-34 



So, what do you think about Jesus? Miracle worker, brilliant teacher, companion, leader of twelve, son, brother, compassionate one ~ all of these we have seen of him in Matthew’s gospel. But what have you done with him? It seems like some people just want to have him around, sorta like that Elf on the Shelf character they display at Christmas. Set him on your mantel, ready to be…

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Added by Christine on August 17, 2015 at 7:05am — No Comments

When you do not know what to pray

When you do not know what to pray.  …

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Added by Christine on August 13, 2015 at 8:34am — No Comments

one touch.

one touch.  

matthew 9.18-26; luke 8.40-56; mark 5.21-43 





Any of Donald Trump’s positive political statements have been trumped by his absurdities, such as his denigrating comments to megyn kelly, the moderator of the presidential…
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Added by Christine on August 12, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

How Jesus acted when he was interrupted.

How Jesus acted when he was interrupted.  

Matthew 9.18-26 



This Morning Briefing could be entitled: 



~Jesus, interrupted. 



~Healing on a whole new level. 



~Jesus’ priorities. 



~Women were important to…
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Added by Christine on August 11, 2015 at 9:36am — No Comments

Why answer a question with a question?

Why answer a question with a question? 

Matthew 9.14-17 



Note from Christine: My computer hard drive failed—abruptly—how rude. So, I went dark for a while, without the opportunity of explanation. Maybe we all needed a break, eh? But I am…
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Added by Christine on August 10, 2015 at 8:04am — No Comments

Where have I been?

So...where have I been? Well...funny you should ask! Hard drive failure...after I got done breathing into a paper bag--I realized there is nothing I can do but exhale, breathe and trust God. Back soon I pray

Added by Christine on August 2, 2015 at 9:11pm — No Comments

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