Posts from May 2015

GIFTED: The Helper

My weekly devotions generally have four themes, based on University Lutheran’s annual focus: GIFTED. The first devotion is about what Gift of God we as a staff recognized in this week’s readings. The second devotion is about how we can Give Ourselves as Gifts based the Gift of God we recognized. The third devotion is […]

Giving Ourselves as Gifts: Share the Spirit

The story of Pentecost is one of the strangest accounts in the Bible. “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues of fire appeared […]

GIFTED: He Hears You; He Sends You

In a recent episode of NCIS, Agent Gibbs and Agent Bishop go to Afghanistan to solve a murder. They figure out where the murderer is hiding, but they need someone to go undercover in order to infiltrate his camp. Bishop is picked to go undercover, and she panics. She tells Gibbs, “Don’t put me in […]

Celebrating Gifts Given: Be Assured

Psalm 1 begins, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Sometimes, it’s hard to picture ourselves […]

Giving Ourselves as Gifts: Assure Others

November 20th used to be just another day, but from now on, I will always remember November 20th as the day that a gunman entered Strozier Library. The evening of November 20th, after a long day of contacting our students to make sure they were all right, Pastor Jay held a prayer service at University […]

The Gift of God: God Hears the Righteous

If your friends talked to you the same way you talk to yourself, would they still be your friends? Think about that for a minute. If your friends came up to you and said, “You’re ugly. You’re stupid. You’re a loser. You’ll never be a success. Nobody loves you,” you would be upset with them […]