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Year A Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Ezekial 34:11-16, 20-24 Literal Religion: God searches for us physically. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.” Spiritual Grace: God searches spiritually for us. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will spiritually seek them out.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


Year A Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

The parable of the talents. Literally, the moral of the story is short and sweet! Do not bury the talents God has given you. Now wait a minute! Let us look, at the evidence again.  Read more


Year A Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Judges 4:1-7 Literal Religion: Depends on their rational knowledge to judge. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel.” Spiritual Grace: Depends on God’s spiritual Wisdom to judge. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was spiritually judging Israel.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


Year A Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Do you read this scripture literally or gracefully? Literally we read what is obviously written. Gracefully we know what is obvious when we are out of the Presence and the inclusive and unconditional life of grace when we are in His Presence. Literally we can compare the event as a warning to us. We better be prepared and ready at all times because we do not know when the moment will arise that the Lord will come. What if we read it Gracefully?  Read more


Year A Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Literal Religion: Chooses to serve the Lord rationally. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “Choose this day who you will serve. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Spiritual Grace: Chooses to serve the Lord spiritually. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “Choose this day who you will serve. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


Year A Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

This is Jesus’ War on legalism. The questions must be asked! Why now? Why did He not do it before this? Why not later? Why not just mind His own business? What was the spark that lit the fire leading to calling out the legalists as hypocrites? To grasp this we need to go a back a bit. It is the time that He became thirty years old. He now could be recognized as a rabbi. It was then He was baptized in the River Jordan by John. He was led by the Spirit into the Wilderness for forty days. There He did battle with Satan.  Read more


Year A Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Joshua 3:7-17 Literal Religion: The Lord exalts physically. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “The LORD said to Joshua, ‘This day I will begin to exalt you spiritually in the sight of all Israel’” Spiritual Grace:The Lord exalts spiritually. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “The LORD said to Joshua, ‘This day I will begin to exalt you spiritually in the sight of all Israel’” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


Year A Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Literal Religion: Follows orders because they are told to do so. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “The Israelites obeyed him [Joshua], doing as the LORD had commanded Moses.” Spiritual Grace: Follows orders because they are spiritually in His Presence. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “The Israelites obeyed him [Joshua], doing as the LORD had commanded Moses.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


Year A Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Exodus 33:12-23 Literal Religion: God’s Presence gives rest by knowing what He has done physically. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Spiritual Grace: God’s Presence gives rest by knowing what He is doing spiritually. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


Year A Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Exodus 32:1-14 Literal Religion: Turns aside from following God’s commandments. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “They have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them.” Spiritual Grace: Turns aside from spiritually being in God’s Presence. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again. “They have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them.” Did you feel the Grace?  Read more


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