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Godly Wisdom in the Worldly World

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1 Corinthians 2:14 “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”

Do you realize that as God’s baptized people, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us? (Romans 8:11)  At times, I’ve had people resist and even deny this clearly Scriptural concept, and yet it is true – we are meant to be “God containers” within this world!  Humbling, isn’t it?  Sadly, I have been guilty – with more frequency than I care to admit – of ignoring the Spirit that is within me, and forging ahead with my own fleshly desires.  These may be outright sins, or they may even be “good” intentions of serving God, but they really have no basis in God’s Spirit.  Rather they are more about my own pride and fears. Ouch.  So what’s the solution?  Simple – say “no” to the wisdom and pace of the world, and spend time with God in His Word and Sacraments, where your soul, and the Spirit within you is nourished and fed.  It is only then that we can hope to bring Jesus into our family, church, community and world – not by our will, but by the Holy Spirit at work within us.

Blessed to be a blessing,

Pastor Augie

Abide in Me

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John15-5

Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5, ESV)

We love to “go it alone.” But, as Dr. Phil often has said, “How’s that workin’ for ya?” As I age, and discover that I can’t go as fast as I used to go, I can’t accomplish as much as I used to, my recall isn’t as sharp as it used to be, etc., it is reminding me that one day I may need more and more help, to even accomplish things in life that I now consider mundane.

But it is also a reminder to me of just how limited I am, and where my real sense of purpose and strength is found – in Christ. The things that I can accomplish purely out of the flesh, are really “nothing” at all. Rather, now, I am striving more and more each day to accomplish things that are works that the Lord desires – for His Kingdom and for His glory. But I am also striving to accomplish things that can only be done by His power at work in me – through that “connection.” So that it is evident to me that it is not I who accomplish it, but Christ working in me. Therefore, I am actually setting my sights higher – on bolder things – God sized dreams!

Finally, this verse reminds me of how important it is to remain connected to Christ through the Sacrament of Communion. Jesus also says, earlier in John’s Gospel, “Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” (John 6:56). You wonder whether you need to go to church or not? This is one great reason to … to fulfill Christ’s call to ABIDE in Him. He tells us that this happens when we gather around the table to share the meal of Communion that Christ instituted for His Bride, the Church.

We are blessed to abide in Christ together,

Pastor Augie.