There Is No Fear in Love

January 31, 2015

Today’s Reflection

FEAR IS A GREAT MOTIVATOR, but it is not a saving one. Fear can generate many things, but it cannot generate the gospel’s core: love. First John 4:18a is not engaging in sophistry when it says, “There is no fear in love.” It is telling the truth about Christian discipleship. It is telling the truth to purveyors and provocateurs of fear, whether inside or outside the church. Fear relies on the threat of death in relationship, spirit, or body. The gospel of Jesus Christ relies on fear’s nullification: God’s gracious promise of life.

- John Indermark
Do Not Live Afraid

From page 11 of Do Not Live Afraid: Faith in a Fearful World by John Indermark. Copyright & copy; 2009 by John Indermark. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Where is God inviting you to let go of fear? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”

Mark 1:23-24, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are grieving. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center web site.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember: Prudence Crandall (January 28).

Lectionary Readings

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Loving Self

January 30, 2015

Today’s Reflection

JESUS INCLUDES loving self in the Great Commandment: “Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, strength … and your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:37-39). It makes a lot of sense – how can we love God if we don’t know how to love ourselves? How would the world be different if we loved ourselves and then treated others as we wanted to be treated?

So what’s that like, loving yourself in Christ? Sometimes I find it a lot easier to love my neighbor than to love myself. Loving myself means I have to love those things that do not seem so lovable in me – my appearance, the things I say or do, the little habits and quirks that drive me crazy about myself.

- Alive Now, Jan/Feb 2015

From the Editor, page 4, by Beth A. Richardson, in Alive Now, January/February 2015. Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
“http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Why do you think the great commandment says to your neighbor as yourself? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.

1 Corinthians 8:9, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are grieving. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center web site.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember: Prudence Crandall (January 28).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2015, a ministry of GBOD | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA

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For God’s Unfailing Grace

January 29, 2015

Today’s Reflection GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS for the grace that lies at the heart of our faith. Even as we fall short in our response to your love and your call, your grace still abounds. We see your grace in the sunlight that warms the earth and in the starts that light the sky. […]

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Ministry As Trust

January 28, 2015

Today’s Reflection ALL DISCIPLES OF JESUS are called to ministry. Ministry is not, first of all, something that we do (although it calls us to do many things). Ministry is something we have to trust. If we know we are the beloved, and if we keep forgiving those with whom we form community and celebrate […]

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Nurture Imagination

January 27, 2015

Today’s Reflection ARTISTS AND OTHER SUPPOSEDLY IMAGINATIVE PEOPLE don’t have a corner on spiritual formation. Nor do children or even youth. All of us use our imaginations when it comes to faith, and all of us struggle to stay imaginatively healthy in this mostly neurotic, image-conscious culture. . . . Nurturing the imagination becomes a […]

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Rejoice in the Lord

January 26, 2015

Today’s Reflection LORD, I resolve to live more fully in 2015,each day brighter, more purposeful,full of faith and not of fear.Give me courage to accept life’s adventuresand faith to avoid second guesses.Grant me strength to say YESto the life you want me to live.Help me to hope in your promises.If you are with me, who […]

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Fix Me, Lord

January 25, 2015

Today’s Reflection AFTER I TOOK MY FIRST JOB at a church as an intern, my new boss, Gary, asked me to help finish the attic space in his new home. I was a nineteen-year-old college student, and he asked if I would have time to come and help lay the floor for his daughter’s new […]

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God Is in Control

January 24, 2015

Today’s Reflection SINCE CHILDHOOD our lives seem to be dominated by the assumption that “I am the center of the universe and everything and everyone should revolve around my wishes, my desires, my interests, and my needs.” We want to be in control or feel that we ought to be in control of everything that […]

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Compassionate Moments

January 23, 2015

Today’s Reflection WE ARE MOST FULLY HUMAN, most fully ourselves, when we see someone in the truth of his or her experience and are moved to respond with compassion and care. We glimpse a colleague smiling at his beloved’s photograph, and our smile in response offers respite for both of us from the whirlwind of […]

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Together in Christ

January 22, 2015

Today’s Reflection IF YOU WERE going to choose an adjective to describe the current ethos of our age and context, might individualistic be among your first choices? The word individualistic is more or less value-neutral. It is a good thing, psychologically, to be individuated, to be your own person. It is a good thing, spiritually, […]

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