Randy's Reflections
July 20, 2017, 1:11 PM

Summer Words


This is not always a word we associate with faith. In fact it seems science and faith often have a “healthy” debate going on around them. There are some who think the mind is of no use in faith and yet wisdom comes from a faithful use of knowledge. It is learning to see beyond the facts or between the lines that suggests a person is wise. I am thankful of the intelligence I have, but I also know that I have to depend on God to use the knowledge I have wisely.

Lord, thank you for our minds. Thank you that you give us the opportunity to use our intelligence in our faith. Though it is not in the Hebrew Scriptures it is the New Testament that we are challenged to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, strength and soul. Let us not short change our potential but shelving our mind just to believe. Help us to believe with our mind and not in spite of our mind. Amen.

July 19, 2017, 11:41 AM

Summer Words


This is a word I have heard a lot It speaks of being transparent, of being integrated, of being consistent, and of being authentic. What you see is what you get sounds good, but rarely do we want others get what is good. We make too many excuses. We make too many exceptions, for we are only human, right? I think being a person of integrity is something we would like to accomplish, but without God’s grace we will fail miserably. Therefore, let us strive to walk our talk and seek forgiveness when we fail. Then let us ask God to redeem our failures, perhaps that is what true integrity is, knowing that whatever integrity we have is only because God has covered for us. And he will not fail us.

Lord, thank you for your confidence in us. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to try to be consistent in our attitude, our attempts at integrity, and our actions. Thank you for picking up the pieces that we let fall from our failures and the pieces which we have caused as well. We are grateful that we have you in control of our destiny as well as the destiny of this world. Help us to continue to strive to grow into the person of integrity you have planned for us to be. We humbly pray. Amen.

July 19, 2017, 11:40 AM

Summer Words


This is the fuel of life for me. This is also God-given for me. It is only something or someone outside of myself that gives me inspiration. I don’t have an inspiration button or gene or neuron which gives me energy, but I certainly experience inspiration on a daily basis. I believe that when I come up against a problem or a barrier or a dead end God will give me a way out. It may mean consequences not to my liking but it helps me move forward in life. Inspiration helps me grow and that is transforming about God-given inspiration.

Lord, help us to recognize the inspiration you give us. Help us to seek you inspiration for our problems or concerns. Help us to know that the solutions to our problems or concerns are for our benefit. As we are surprised by your inspiration in our lives let us give thanks that we can be inspired to be transformed into someone beyond our imagination. Amen.