inner stillness: when everything is all the same to you, and you live for the day, and you are not dreaming and waiting

john r. harrison

my other websites
The United Methodist Churches of Sheldon, Bronaugh, and Moundville

The Southwest District of the Missouri West Conference of The United Methodist Church

The Rotary Club of Nevada, Missouri

The Beloit, Kansas, High School Class of 1960

The Academy for Spiritual formation #17

books I've been reading
Communion, Community, Commonweal: Readings for Spiritual Leadership, by John S. Mogabgab

The Ascent of a Leader: How Ordinary Relationships Develop Extraordinary Character and Influence, by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and Ken McElrath

The Catholic Imagination, by Andrew Greeley

Spiritual Guides for the 21st Century: Faith Stories of the Protestant Reformers

Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ, by Dallas Willard

movies I'd like to see
American Splendor


Lost in Translation

The Station Agent

Winged Migration

sermons in process
Ruth 1:1-18--"Why Go with Me?"

Mark 12:38-44--"Abundance and Poverty"

1 Samuel 1:4-20--"The Desperation of Hannah"

John 18:33-37--"An Interrogation"

Malachi 3:1-4--"Messages and Messengers"

lectures on tape in my car
Introduction to Renaissance Literature

Dante's Life and Times

Dante's Literary Antecedents

Erasmus, In Praise of Folly

Introduction to Shakespeare


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Thursday, October 30

"The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah." We tend to forget that the Bible is a book of promises: promise after promise. And God continues to fulfill them. Even when God gets upset with us, God reminds us that God has made promises to us and will fulfill them. And God always does. The only issue is this: are we patient enough to wait for them?....Jesus said, "Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them." Jesus is asking a lot. It is difficult to be alert ALL the time. Is it possible to be alert all the time without becoming obsessive about our behavior? Or is Jesus rather asking us to be conscious of how we order our priorities, of putting the master first in our thinking and in our behaving?...The writer to the Hebrews says, "...let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching." What an interesting statement of the mission of the church. We are to "provoke" one another to love and good deeds. We should not "neglect" to meet together. It is very understated, but it allows us so much room for thought and action.

posted by John Harrison at 8:59 PM

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