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February 24, 2008

Reflection for the Week- February 24th 2008

Have you ever reflected on the silence in heaven in Revelation 8? This occurs just after the opening of the seventh seal and before the sounding of the seven trumpets. A dramatic scene if there ever was one. Then an angel is given a massive amount of incense to offer with the prayers of the saints, which both arise to God. The prayers of the saints are important enough to God that there is silence, an awaiting the arrival of these prayers, and then action in response to them. After this the angel unleashes a series of natural warnings to highlight God’s coming judgment. Prayer is important—vital —and does not take place in vain. God has created a world in which our prayers make a difference in the total outcome of his involvement in the world.

 Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

 

February 17, 2008

Reflection for the Week- February 17th 2008

Struggling to find the way in the desert is no easy task. God seems distant, yet we know he’s there. During these times we ask, oh God, for cold refreshing cups of water to sustain us and for a growing trust that will provide strength to continue on until we once more intimately meet you again.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 10, 2008

Reflection for the Week- February 10th 2008

Welcoming strangers into homes and churches is a lost art of hospitality. This loss strikes at the heart of Christianity, which all too often these days is seen to be inverted and self-serving. Jesus was concerned with hospitality and providing shelter to those who were outcasts. As his followers, we dare not at least do the same.

 Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 03, 2008

Reflection for the Week- February 3rd 2008

Christians all too often become inoculated against the real. Plagued by inauthentic churches peddling illusions and the deception of unreal images that manifest themselves in misplaced expectations and extravagant regimes, which are given an illegitimate authority and unwarranted priority, Christians fade from the scene of the real world. We have become all too clever at making it up as we go along, propagating reveries and imagining life to be as it is not. There are many attempts, for a variety of reasons, to live in imaginary worlds of our own making, rather than living imagination from and to the world as it is: vive l’imagination.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery