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Are You Good?

Are You Good?

Encouragment
We all have our preferences and things we consider good. Did you have a good day? Was your steak (or salad or breakfast) good? The waitress wanders by and asks if she should bring more iced tea. To which we may reply, “No thanks, I’m good.” We have our “good” clothes set aside for special occasions. Children that behave are called “good.” And if they misbehave they are told to be good. All of this makes the confession of the Psalmist much more shocking. Psalm 16 is one of six designated as “mikhtam” in the title. There is little certainty about what mikhtam means. Is it just a musical term?  Is it the designation of a special category? Some have called these the Golden Psalms while other identify it to mean something akin to engraved stone which is the root word. No matter how you look
They Shall Be Satisfied

They Shall Be Satisfied

Beatitudes, Series
In the grand scheme of life, there are certain must-haves; air and breath, water, food, sleep, proper warmth, and the expulsion of waste. Life ends when any of these are denied for a sufficient length of time. We may think that other things should be added to that list like chocolate, coffee, a new dress, or anything else that we dramatically declare “I’ll die if I don’t get…” As much as we’d like to add to the list of base needs, that list really never changes. So, that should tell us something when Jesus declared “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6, NASB95)   To unpack what Jesus is saying it is necessary to understand righteousness. None of us are righteous before God on our own merits. We cannot satisfy the demands o
Hosanna: Expectation and Reality

Hosanna: Expectation and Reality

Encouragment, Faith
Have you ever noticed that what we expect and what Jesus offers is often at odds? Part of the human condition is the desire to have things our way. That God should meet our needs according to our priority and in the way we think is best. The crowd that followed and met Jesus when he humbly rode into Jerusalem on what is now called Palm Sunday had the same problem. The crowd's expectation was that Jesus was coming as a king or Messiah in order to restore Israel to its former glory. The crowd desired Jesus to seize control, kick out the Romans, and establish a powerful earthly Kingdom surpassing that of Solomon. But the crowd didn’t understand. They didn’t see that God had a bigger plan which far surpassed their puny thoughts of glory. Instead of riding in as a king, Jesus purpose was sac
A Disorganized Life

A Disorganized Life

Encouragment, Faith
No one will ever accuse me of being organized. Even as a teen the sign on my bedroom door was “Enter At Your Own Risk”. Not because I was a bear or demanded my privacy but because it took the skill of a minesweeper to navigate through my room.  While I’m better there is still plenty of evidence to convict me of being sloppy, messy, or disorganized. My office at work fluctuates between the clutter of work in progress and semi-organized. The stand between mine and Betty’s recliners has a virtual line down the middle. You can guess what my side looks like. Betty, on the other hand, is an excellent organizer with a place for everything. Her cupboards could make the cover of a Tupperware catalog. Interesting how God draws folks together. Jesus once warned the Pharisee’s about making a sh
Follow Me

Follow Me

Encouragment, Faith
Over my lifetime I’ve been on a few cave tours.  Never once has the guide brought us to the entrance of the cave and said, “Well folks, there it is.  Feel free to go inside and wander around in the dark. You might eventually make it back out again.”  Instead, we were instructed to follow behind while the guide leads us through the labyrinth of stairs, tunnels, and rooms. Every now and then the guide stops, explains something and checks to make sure everyone is alright and still with them. We are used to following.  We follow instructions and recipes. We follow a map or GPS to get from here to there. We follow those that have gone before in school, sports, and careers. We follow ideals, philosophies, desires, and leaders of various kinds. We even follow stories, our favorite team, and pe
A Simple Word

A Simple Word

Encouragment, Faith
My great grandfather, Louis Reeser, had a knack for nicknames.  Not only could he come up with interesting names but they stuck.  It was a trait passed down from his father.  While his own nickname was a plain Lou, his brothers sported names such as Camel, Doc,and Pec.  His children, one of which is my grandma, collected names like Tinse, Cat, Tic, Rap, and Hud.  I never managed to acquire a Reeser nickname, although my brother was often called Daver. One time, when I was a kid, a Sunday School teacher was presenting the story of Esther.  Somewhere along the way she mentioned that I had an aunt named Esther. That was news to me!  When I asked mom about it she laughed and said that the teacher was thinking of Aunt Tinse. Grandpa Reeser’s nicknames stuck like glue. With a simple word the rec