Miracle of Ordinary Things

ICYMI this morning.

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And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”

Matthew 15:34

Nearly every Christian – and quite a few non-Christians – have heard the Bible story “The Feeding of the 5000.”

That miracle is recorded in all four Gospels. But the miracle of “The Feeding of the 4000” is a separate miracle only recorded in Matthew and Mark.

Both miracles point us to the miraculous provision of God. One of the lessons of each miracle is that God provides us with what we need.

As I explored in the devotions “Miraculous Feeding” and “Satisfaction”, there are other miracles of God providing people with food that they need. God provided manna and quail for the People of Israel during their Wilderness Wanderings following the Exodus (Exodus 16). And God provided bread for 100 men through his prophet Elisha (2 Kings 4).

God will always provide…

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Miraculous Feeding

ICYMI this morning.

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“Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’”

2 Kings 4:43

So many of my memories of my life revolve around food.

Each year, growing up, my parents would either host or take my brother and me to a Thanksgiving Feast. Sometimes we would host the family at our home. I remember many of those Thanksgiving where it would either snow the night before or the morning of the big Feast.

Sometimes we went to my grandparent’s home in Ingleside – an ancestral home where my grandmother spent much of her childhood in the early 20th Century. Her home began as a summer home for her parents (my great-grandparents). By the time I came along, it was a year-round home for my “Nana & Pop-Pop.” We would gather in the Dining Room with near and extended…

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Asking God

ICYMI Friday.

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God said, “Ask what I shall give you.”

1 Kings 3:5

Solomon was the heir-apparent of King David. He knew he’d be the next king as soon as David died.

And that’s what happened. Solomon ascended to the throne of his father, David. He was the most powerful man in Israel and, indeed, in the Middle East at the time.

He could have anything he wanted, and he pretty much did!

Then God comes to him in a dream and said, “Ask what I shall give you.”

I think that this is like Bill Gates or Warren Buffet handing you a blank, signed check and saying, “Do what you would like.”

Solomon could have asked for long life. He could have asked for more land and territory to rule over. He could have asked for riches beyond anyone’s imagination.

Ask what I shall give you.”

How…

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Set Your Hopes on God

In case you missed it this morning.

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As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
1 Timothy 6:17

There’s nothing inherently evil in being rich.

One of the most misquoted Scripture passages is seven verses prior to today’s text:

For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evils” (1 Timothy 6:10).

Not that “money is the root” of evil but the love of money is.

It is a truth that the rich have this temptation – to trust in their wealth more than in God.

Let’s face it, if you have great wealth, you can do and have a lot of things!

But worldly wealth is temporary.

There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he…

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Time Travel

ICYMI this morning, I posit that time travel is actually possible and can be found in the Church!

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Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Galatians 5:24

There are some great stories about time travel.

The classic The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. There’s also one of my favorites, The Door Into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein.

Of course, the Back to the Future movie trilogy has to be one of the most popular time travel stories of all time.

Alas, time travel is not possible. At least not yet.

Or is it?

Actually, the Christian Church has the closest thing to time travel that I’ve seen so far.

It is the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.

Yes, you read that right. The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is spiritual time travel!

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death…

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