Every Friday, I attempt to post on “Just Thinking” the major news of interest to us as God’s Kingdom people at Christ Church Westshore – people with one foot in the Kingdom of the World, and one foot in the Kingdom of Heaven.
World: United States to move embassy to Jerusalem – President Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, overturning decades of official US policy. Read more
United States: Minnesota Senator Al Franken resigns – Now that Sen. Al Franken has announced he will resign in the coming weeks, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is facing a high-pressure decision over appointing a replacement. Read more
Cleveland: Northeast Ohio companies among recipients of $10 million for anti-opioid technologies – Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced $20 million in economic development funds would be available for technologies to combat opioid addiction. Read more
Culture: Millennials & Money – Why the idea that this generation have less of a grasp on their finances than previous generations may be a red herring. Read more
Sports: John Dorsey hired as Cleveland Browns GM, signed to 4-year deal, will have final say – BEREA, Ohio, The Browns wasted no time in filling Sashi Brown’s vacant chair with an accomplished football guy, hiring former Chiefs general manager John Dorsey as their GM Thursday night. Read more
Music: Shiloh – American Composer William Billings
Take some time today, tomorrow, and Saturday and read the text for this upcoming 2nd Sunday of Advent, asking the Lord that as we gather as the Christ Church Community, He would speak to us powerfully! Mark 1:1-8
c“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
3 dthe voice of one crying in the wilderness:
make his paths straight,’”
4 fJohn appeared, baptizing in gthe wilderness and proclaiming ha baptism ofirepentance jfor the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalemwere going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, kconfessingtheir sins. 6 Now John was lclothed with camel’s hair and lwore a leather belt around hiswaist and ate mlocusts and nwild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, o“After me comes hewho is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down anduntie. 8 pI have baptized you with water, but qhe will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
The Lesson of the Fig Tree
28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these thingstaking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, thisgeneration will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earthwill pass away, but my words will not pass away.
No One Knows That Day or Hour
32 “But concerning that day or that hour, ino one knows, not even the angels inheaven, jnor the Son, kbut only the Father. 33 lBe on guard, mkeep awake.1 For you donot know when the time will come. 34 nIt is like a man ogoing on a journey, when heleaves home and puts his servants2 in charge, peach with his work, and commandsqthe doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 rTherefore stay awake—for you do not know whenthe master of the house will come, sin the evening, or sat midnight, or twhen therooster crows,3 or uin the morning— 36 lest vhe come suddenly and wfind you asleep.37 And what I say to you I say to all: rStay awake.
Take some time today, tomorrow, and Saturday, and read the text for this upcoming Sunday asking the Lord to prepare your heart for what He would have for you as we gather this upcoming Stewardship Sunday.
14 “ For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called hisservants3 and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,4 to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more.17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time, the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and xfaithfulservant.5 you have been faithful over a little; zI will set you overmuch. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him,‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 Healso who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping cwhere you did not sow, andgathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I wentand hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant!You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming, I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not,even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’