May 26, 2021

A Word about the Word

For the creation was subjected to futility—not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it—in the hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. [Romans 8:20–22]

Ugh! I daily hear from my friends and colleagues in India about the creation groaning! As if the ravages from COVID over there weren’t enough, cyclone season is now upon them. And two major ones are furiously threatening. Creation groaning. Everything in nature not only wears down and dies but also is in a constant season of pain and suffering. 

And yet we read of labor pains. Like childbirth, these great pains will not last but actually give birth to life. Because of Christ, all this frustration will turn to flourishing and joy. Hang on, my friends in India or Lake County or wherever you may be.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. [Romans 8:18]

Close to Home

Speaking of “futility,” this summer we will be immersing ourselves in Ecclesiastes. A confusing book to some—but it doesn’t have to be. We will be examining the meaning of life and allowing this book of wisdom to act as “goads” (pushing us toward Christ) and “embedded nails” (securing us down in life’s storms). Why not consider joining a small group this summer that will be discussing Ecclesiastes and our messages? You might make a few new friends, too. Go here and click “I’m Interested,” and we’ll help place you in a group.

I know someone who covets a Peloton Bike. Peloton makes the Rolls-Royce of stationary bikes. They just announced that they will be making them right here in Ohio! Peloton will be building a top-notch manufacturing plant that will bring 2,000 jobs to the Toledo area.

The World as It Is

One year ago Tuesday, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis. So much has happened since then. I am not really sure much has changed.

One of the recurring refrains of the Book of Ecclesiastes is the call to enjoy life as a gift from our good God: I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God [3:12–13]. Sometimes I wonder if we still know how.

Just Sayin’…

Tim Tebow signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Listening to talk radio voices (one of my vices), you’d think the guy was a bad egg. Tim is mocked and criticized and generally disliked. Not sure why. He is a kind, well-spoken Christ-follower. Every year he organizes a high school prom for kids with special needs. I don’t get it. Then again, maybe I do.

A friend of mine waxed eloquent about how he didn’t like or “get” The Beatles. At first, I got defensive, but then I remembered that he recently had COVID and obviously still has no taste. 🙂 

And We Pray

“Lord, the whole earth is yours, and everything in it! The world and all its people belong to you—including my neighbors and the people of Lake County and our friends in India. May all of these folks understand the depth of your love for them today.” 
[Based on Psalm 24:1]

I’ll catch you on the other side.