Simplicity

Kate Meyer

READ : 1 John 2:1-6, 28 Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (v. 6) Many different avenues compete for the attention of Christians seeking a fresh way to relate to God. Books teaching meditation, guides to living a spiritual life, and biblical commentaries continue to sell because they promise to provide the answers to our questions of faith. While these things are not inherently bad, they tend to distract …

Windows to the Soul

Kate Meyer

READ : Proverbs 28:26-28 But he who hides his eyes will get many a curse. (v. 27) Samantha worked hard to convince me that we had nothing to talk about. But when she did talk, I noticed she didn’t look into my eyes. Our eyes betray our secrets, and Samantha’s eyes revealed that the image she portrayed was a mask hiding the real and deep pain that consumed her. Pain comes in many forms: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. These …

It All Comes Back to God

Kate Meyer

READ : Revelation 1:5-7 To him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (v. 6) Over the last few days we’ve deconstructed the Lord’s Prayer, reflecting on each phrase. Today we put it back together, hopefully with a renewed appreciation and understanding. What then are we saying when we pray the Lord’s Prayer? We honor God’s name, that is, his person and character. We acknowledge this is God’s world and that God, our Father, reigns in heaven. We affirm …

Your Deliverer

Kate Meyer

READ : Psalm 79 But deliver us from evil. (Matt. 6:13) This phrase of the Lord’s Prayer makes two claims. First, evil is real. Second, through Christ we are able to defeat evil’s hold on our lives. As we look around it is hard to deny the first claim. Looking at the evil in the world, someone has observed, you can understand how some people have trouble believing in God. But you wonder how anyone could deny the existence of …

Who Is Your Guide?

Kate Meyer

READ : Matthew 4:1-11 And lead us not into temptation. (Matt. 6:13) two options before me. One had a great location, good degree options, and was a place where I would be known for myself and not because of my family name. The other option was to stay put, continue under the shadow of family, and pursue a degree that didn’t fit my plan. Throughout the process I sensed where God wanted me, but the other option was appealing enough …

The Difficult Part

Kate Meyer

READ : Mark 11:20-25 As we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matt. 6:12) We are often quick to ask for forgiveness, but slow to give it. We like to think the two are separated, but in the Lord’s Prayer they are connected. This part of the prayer is spoken differently by various traditions. Some say “debtors”; others say “those who trespass against us”; and still others “those who sin against us.” Regardless of word choice, however, the fact remains that …