Something to Think About With Keith Lawder and Steve Waldorf
|Rev. Keith E. Lawder
|Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
Regional Vice President
478-746-9688 #124 (Macon)
March 30, 2020
“The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand.” – Psalm 121:5
Take a deep breath! Look at God’s creation all around you. Realize that you are now in the shade of His presence. It is no longer a time to fear. It's a time to take comfort and assurance as God wraps you in His love.
March 23, 2020
“Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” – Psalm 121:4
God created us, He knows us, and He cherishes us. He searches for us when we become lost in our own worries and sin. Peace is ours when we remember that God is always watching over us.
March 16, 2020
“He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber.” — Psalm 121:3
God is never too busy for me when I am feeling lost and desperate. He always finds time to seek me, hold me close, and set me on my way again so that I feel refreshed with Him by my side. If you experience this kind of pain and worry, slow down. Remember that God knows the way!
March 9, 2020
“My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:2
If we focus on our shortcomings and worries, we will completely miss the fact that God has come down to us from heaven. He has not secluded Himself from us but lives within us. He hears our calls, but we must respond so that we can experience His presence and rest in His love and grace.
March 2, 2020
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?” – Psalm 121:1
This Bible verse is a song of assurance and promise. It provides comfort to those of us seeking help for our problems. We gain much by slowing down, looking at the world around us, and taking the time to realize that God both listens and guides us when we listen for Him.
February 24, 2020
“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13
I love the biblical references which use the word abide: to live in or to pitch your tent in. Imagine faith, hope, and love all abiding in each of us. The world would be very different. Alas, that isn’t very likely. And yet, when we invite Jesus’ faith, hope, and love to abide in us, we can change the world!
February 17, 2020
“It [love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7-8
Often, we see the world through the “me” filter. We ask, “What’s in it for me?” By contrast, Christian love asks, “How I can serve you?” Let’s face it: all of our stuff will fade away. But the love we share will last forever. Think of a difficult person in your life. What can you do today to reflect God’s love for him or her?
February 10, 2020
“It [love] does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.” – 1 Corinthians 13:5
We live in a time when lying, cheating, and name-calling have found new levels of acceptability. The common discourse has become constant disparagement. Jesus teaches us that love overcomes hate. How would the world change if each day we identified one person with whom we disagree and deliberately celebrated some common ground?
February 3, 2020
“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
It seems fitting that the love passages should be the theme for our February devotions. While we hear these verses mostly at weddings, the context in Paul’s letter has more to do with how we use our spiritual gifts in our daily lives. Here is the question to ponder. How do we share God’s love in all our interactions with others?
January 27, 2020
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” – Matthew 25:40
We live in a world where we could give away clothes and goods all day to those without housing, wages, training, and connections, and still not fill the needs of where we live. But our calling is to “go out into the roads and lanes” (Luke 14:23) to take care of the lost. Where is Christ calling you to care for the least, the lost, and the last?
January 20, 2020
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son … ” – Galatians 4:4
So many things happen to fill up our time and space. We have the best of intentions. We want it all to work out perfectly in spite of our worry and stress. Go to a quiet place this week, take a deep breath, and find one thing to focus on when it comes to God's timing. I pray this brings you hope and a sense of God's presence amid your fullness!
January 13, 2020
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” – Exodus 20:2
May I encourage you to join me this week and the next in applying one of the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20:2-17 to your daily life? How can these spiritual rules of conduct shape your outlook and actions for the next two weeks? How does this change the way we think of God working in our lives, as we work in the world?
January 6, 2020
“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” – The Apostles’ Creed
How do we stay spiritually and mentally strong while living out our Christian faith? Among United Methodists, The Apostles’ Creed and the sacrament of Holy Communion have been used for centuries to express and share our beliefs, and to shape our testimony we live for God's kingdom!