On August 16th, 2012 we posted our very first thought for reflection. We being, Pastor Andrew Steinke and Pastor John Cordrey (that’s me). Since then we have posted 112 different posts that have taken us through key parts of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. In that same time we have had a total of 26,193 views and 781 comments made. We have averaged about 50 views per day during that time with our best day having over 250 views.
A good friend of mine, Dan Riemer, has become the primary contributor to this blog over the last few months. He now totals 328 comments. His wisdom and guidance, insights and applications have been highly beneficial to the community reading this blog. For that I am thankful.
At times I have had people come to me in person and comment how much they enjoy reading the blog and the insights shared but do not themselves share. Some out of fear that they won’t sound smart, others out of laziness (which is where I fall far too often). My favorite part of having this blog has been hearing and reading the comments from my fellow Christians. As a pastor it is ingrained in me to try and help others dig into and apply the Word of God to their lives. This blog has given me opportunity to see this in action. It has also caused me to grow in my faith and see some of my weaknesses in my devotional life. The strength of comments and the consistency with which a number of our viewers post is inspiring.
The vision for this blog was always a simple one. To get people into the Word of God and meditating on it together. I believe, that to an extent, this has been successful. I had high hopes of having 100 comments every week and growing. When I have looked and seen only a few comments I have wondered if I needed to change the format and go to a more standard blog where I share my thoughts with you. But the goal was always to get people into the WORD, not my word. So, I have left it alone.
As I look to the future, I am wanting to put my absolute best into this piece of ministry and not have weeks where I unintentionally ignore this online community. So I have begun to pray about what the future of this site looks like. To be honest, I’m not sure. Have we here at Trinity started something special that needs a little more time and care for it to blossom or are we simply producing more stuff to launch into cyberspace?
In Advent we always consider the future – we look ahead with HOPE and ANTICIPATION for the future coming of JESUS CHRIST. And so, over the next few weeks I will be praying about the future with hope and anticipation that God will reveal to me and to us as an online community, what He desires for this blog. I want to encourage your thoughts and your feedback. Let me know what your experience with this blog has been. Even if you are not a regular “poster” but just a “reader” I invite you to comment this time. It will help me in my evaluation of this ministry tool.
Here is a poll to help with your feedback. I look forward to hearing from you!
Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.”2 And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” 3 Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. 4 Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” 5 So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. 6 When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing. 7 She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears[a] we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being[a] will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
18 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ 4 The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”
6 Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man[a] returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” NLT (New Living Translation)
As you consider the passage below think about how best to define grace and truth and what it would mean for the body of Christ (the Church) to be filled with and to act with grace and truth.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.