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Year A Advent II Bottom Line Meditations

Think literal Legalism: The Spirit is literally resting on Jesus. Feel the spiritual Grace: When we are spiritually open to His grace, the Spirit of Jesus is resting on us. Old Testament: Isaiah 11:1-10 Think literal Legalism: The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. Feel the spiritual Grace: The spirit of the LORD shall rest on us, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.  Read more


Year A Advent I Bottom Line Meditations

Think literal Legalism: “Walk in the light” is to obediently follow the laws of the Bible. Feel the spiritual Grace: “Walk in the light” is to abide in Jesus. Old Testament: Isaiah 2:1-5 Think literal Legalism: “O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!” Feel the spiritual Grace: “O house of Jacob, come, let us walk spiritually in the light of the LORD!”  Read more


Meditations on Year A Introduction

I am sure you have heard it said, "Life is a journey." I believe this is true, not only in your physical or "Worldly" life, but is even more true of your spiritual or "Godly" life. The most important part of this journey is developing a better understanding of who God is and how to satisfy the yearning for a closer relationship with Him. To assist you in your journey, I am publishing two posts per week during the Year A Church Calendar. Published on Mondays, the "Bottom Line" meditations are designed to help you understand the weekly meditations, published on Thursdays, in a more "Godly" way rather than the more typical "Worldly" way.  Read more


Year C Twenty-Seventh Sunday After Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

Twenty-Seventh Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 29) The Reign of Christ the King: Having grace to go to is home, having someone to love is godly. Having both is a blessing. Think Legalism: “Pasture” is a physical place. Feel Grace: “Pasture” is when we feel His Presence. "Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD"  Read more


Year C Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost: Grace is a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be. Think Legalism: “Create” is seen physically. Feel Grace: “Create” is felt spiritually. "I am about to create new heavens and a new earth"  Read more


Year C Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost: Wisdom is based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. Think Legalism: The “word” is audible. Feel Grace: The “word” is feeling the Presence of Jesus.  Read more


Year C Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost: When no one is watching, grace lives as if someone is. Think Legalism: “Sins” are immoral acts that cause separation from God. Feel Grace: “Sins” are immoral acts that are caused by separation from God.  Read more


Year C Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost: If legalism fails, read the grace directions. Think Legalism: “Come” means to move from one place to another. Feel Grace: “Come” means to move from not feeling to feeling.   Read more


Year C Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost: Grace gets you real friends and legalism gets you tough times! Think Legalism: “Watch over” means to see from above. Feel Grace: “Watch over” means to feel from within.  Read more


Year C Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost: Never mistake legalism for grace. One wants you to make a living, the other helps you make a life! Think Legalism: “Remember” is to recall the event. Feel Grace: “Remember” is to feel the event.  Read more


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