Children of God

Derek Noorman

READ : Romans 8:1-17 You have received the Spirit of adoption . . . by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (v. 15) Being adopted is an incredible gift. Adoption is the process that allows parents to chose, out of all the children in the world, that one special child who will share their name. The child can do absolutely nothing to influence the choice. The entire process centers on the parents. There’s nothing you, as a child, can do to …

Come, Follow Me

Derek Noorman

READ : Matthew 4:18-22 Follow me, and I will make you fish for people. (v. 19 NRSV) No one likes failure. Whether it’s an “F” on a test, a failed business deal, or a broken relationship, failure is hard to stomach. Failure mocks us and asks us to examine what went wrong, perhaps offering us only a slight hope of redemption the next time. Once we fail it is very hard to try again. Today’s Scripture shows us Jesus’ attitude …

The Yoke

Derek Noorman

READ : Matthew 11:25-30 Take my yoke upon you. (v. 29) Jesus was both a model Jew and the Son of God, yet much more. In the Jewish tradition, only the best students were invited to the final level of study, the Bet Midrash (House of the Student). The rest went home to learn the family trade and a life of ordinary work. First century Jews longed for more than ordinary just as we do today. Each rabbi sought to …

The Flashlight

Derek Noorman

READ : Psalm 119:105-112 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (v. 105) The woods get dark at night! What if you had to stay there? This adventure (nightmare) befell me years ago while deer hunting. Leaving the truck in the morning and heading out we failed to double check our equipment. That evening when we reached for our flashlights to make the return journey we realized our grave mistake; all of our …

Sweeter than Honey

Derek Noorman

READ : Psalm 119:97-104 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (v. 103) Early Jewish tradition captures this scene. On the first day of school, the Rabbi instructed his students to take out their slates, or personal chalkboards. Spreading honey all over them, he instructed the students to lick the honey from their slates as well as their fingers, all the while reciting the words of Psalm 119:103. Just as nothing was sweeter …

Imitators

Derek Noorman

READ : Ephesians 4:25-5:2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (v. 1) Are you an imitator? Consider this before you answer too quickly. Imitating is not always a bad thing. Psychology tells us that imitating is a positive thing, citing that it aids in alleviating symptoms of depression and other psychological disorders. In the case of depression, if you act like you don’t have depression you can sometimes trick your mind into believing that you in fact don’t …