Rocks and Remembrance

On this episode of Going Deeper, we’re moving closer to entering the Promised Land in Joshua chapters 3-5. We discuss the use of rocks and altars in the Old Testament as a way of remembering, and how this relates to the altars and monuments we make for ourselves as ways of remembering important events in our lives.

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Samuel served the Lord by helping Eli the priest, who was by that time almost blind. In those days, the Lord hardly ever spoke directly to people, and he did not appear to them in dreams very often. But one night, Eli was asleep in his room, and Samuel was sleeping on a mat near the sacred chest in the Lord’s house. They had not been asleep very long when the Lord called out Samuel’s name. “Here I am!” Samuel answered.  1 Samuel 3:1-4 (CEV) Several years ago, one of the cellular companies ran commercials where a guy is carrying around a cell phone and he asks the hearer on…

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Do You Love Me?

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said,…

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Are You A Saint?

To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:7 The word “saint” is a curious word isn’t it? It certainly isn’t a common part of our vocabulary. Very rarely do we describe someone as a saint unless we’re being sarcastic or using hyperbole. When we think of a saint, we tend to picture a medieval person, removed from the world, enclosed within the walls of a convent or monastery, dressed in robes and a hood, wearing a cross and praying continually. We Protestants don’t quite know what to…

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The Path to Joy

Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon. There the Lord will display his glory, the splendor of our God. With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.”…

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Telemachus and Salt

Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other. Mark 9:50 One person armed with the Gospel of peace can change the world. Telemachus did. According to a legendary tradition, he was a monk who lived in the 5th century. He felt God saying to him, “Go to Rome.” He was in a cloistered monastery, but he put his possessions in a sack and set out for Rome. When he arrived in the city, people were thronging in the streets. He asked why all the…

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