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June 29, 2009

Reflection for the Week- June 29th 2009

Setting up our own standards by which to measure ourselves happens all the time. This is just the norm for so many believers. But such standards can tend to put God in the wrong place, while they also falsify us. God’s standards are not our own. They come to us through creation, cross, and new creation, which frees us from being the center of our lives.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

June 22, 2009

Reflection for the Week- June 22nd 2009

There is a lamentable lack of focus today on reading the biblical text. Bibles proliferate, but go unread. One of the most significant things that Christians want to attempt to do is engage and be engaged by the biblical text. In a very basic, yet profound way we want to learn more about being open to God’s word, so that it can read us. Being read will help us turn away from selfish tendencies and towards the living God, creation, and each other.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

June 15, 2009

Reflection for the Week- June 15th 2009

The plight of all too many churches is internal disintegration. Judgment and separation dominate, leaving in their wake bitter and unforgiving hearts. In such awful circumstances renewal and redemption need to break through the hardness, so that love and unity can flourish.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

June 08, 2009

Reflection for the Week- June 8th 2009

Sometimes we may feel washed over by waves of doubt. Wrestling with our faith in God puts us in good company with many a character in the Bible. Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions and to seek to find true answers. God invites us to do so, giving us sufficient ways to understand Him, ourselves, and the world.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

June 01, 2009

Reflection for the Week- June 1st, 2009

Following in the footsteps of the crucified and risen One will sometimes have a myriad of difficult consequences in this life. Recall one. As Jesus went into his home town and was amazed at the lack of faith that he found there, we too may encounter difficulties with the apparently faithless crowds that sometimes surround us. Moving ahead is hard in these circumstances, but necessary. We need courage and to not fear, for God is with us on the journey, even though it may appear to us at certain times, to be arduous and unproductive.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery