Prayer: Help us to copy your words in our minds and paste them in our hearts. Amen
Reading: Acts 10:34-43 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Sometimes we read verses from the Bible and just know, "This is something I really ought to memorize." It may be God's word in a nutshell of one verse or, as in the case of Acts 10: 34-43, the ministry of Jesus and our commission in nine verses. Yes, this would be something to remind ourselves, to proclaim to others and to know forwards and backwards.
I am not going to get all wordy about writing with a computer. Let it just be said it was only recently I learned the shortcut keystrokes of Control c (copy) and Control v (paste). Until then, it took me more steps to copy and paste text. Maybe it was because, while Control c made sense - c for copy, Control v did not come intuitively until I realized the v is what we called a "carrot" in long hand writing to add new information to text already written. I guess the thought is the shape of the letter v implies wedging the text into what is there. Nice shortcuts to know.
Acts 10: 34-43 - the ministry or Jesus and our commission. Let's Control c the verses in our minds and Control v them on our hearts. Not saying this is a shortcut. Faith takes time. But let God's word wedge into your heart and be added to your life. --Ruth Gates
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