Right and Wrong Fires

Imagine what it is like for Peter to stand in front of Jesus.  Ouch! He recalls what happened the night of Jesus’s trial.  Peter was standing before a servant-girl in the courtyard.  In that chilly evening, Peter was warming himself by the wrong fire!  He denied that he knew Jesus. 

Yet Jesus does not accuse Peter of his denial.  Instead, he asks Peter three times if Peter loves him.  Jesus does this three times to cancel out the three times that Peter denied Jesus back in that courtyard.                      

Peter was wrapped in fear that chilly night in the courtyard.  Now, standing in the early sunshine on the beach of the lake, Peter is warmed by the fire of Jesus’s love.  

When you get the chill of being afraid, picture Jesus standing in front of you, reminding you of the love of Jesus that God has placed in your heart…and of God’s love for you  Feel that fire inside…it will warm you and warm others.  It will be the right kind of fire! 

 John 21:15-19 

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Energy from the Story

Here goes St. Paul once again: a third version of the story of his encounter with Jesus! He is standing on trial again, as you will learn if you take a look at chapter 27.

Still, St. Paul has something new to say.  He recalls some words of Jesus to him in verses 16-18 that are very much to the point of where Paul is in his life as an apostle to people way beyond Jerusalem. The retelling of the story is not just for those hearing it, but for Paul too. He receives energy from the story by recalling to himself the power of Jesus at work in him.  

Here’s a verse from the first letter of John that I am reminded of as I listen to Paul: “Greater is the One in you than the one in the world” (4:4).  With the Spirit of God alive and active in you, there is no greater power.  So it was with St. Paul and St. John…and so it is with you!

Acts 26

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The Best Boss of All

When you are hired for your first job, you’ll probably be given a sheet of paper with what is called a “Job Description.”  This is a list of all the things you’ll be required to do.  Well, God has something like that for us as we live out our “job” of being a loving Christian person.  Actually, it’s really not a job after all, for when we do what God wants us to do, God gives us fun and strength to do it!  The relation we have with God is meant to be like a super-loving employer to us.

The Hebrew word that is used for “precepts” are the terms of a job description—yet they carry that sense of a wonderful bond of friendship between us and the best boss of all: our God!

Psalm 119:121-144

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