Begin again, again!
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Sidebar: How is the camp food at YOUR location?
Rev. Tom Albin's third morning meditation centers upon John 1:29-34. He invites participants to have an "encounter" with God's Word by listening with an open heart.
See below for today's text, journal prompts, and prayer starters.
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
Is there a particular word, phrase, or mental image that stands out to you from the reading?
How does the Scripture make you feel? How does it impact you?
How am I being called to respond?
For this morning's prayer, look back at how you are being called respond (journal prompt #3) and spend time talking to God about it.
You might start with something like: "Lamb of God, I hear your call to [do, say, change, forgive, let go of, get started on, etc] and I ask that you sent your Spirit to enable me to do the thing you're asking me to do.
David Jump shares two of his own songs to begin our day.
Rev. Steve Rankin's third "picture of Jesus" comes from Mark 9:2-8 and 2 Peter 1:16, which describes the Transfiguration. This echoes the theme of Jesus being fully God and fully human, as the Glory of God shines in Jesus' earthly form.
Want to talk about it? Make sure you are registered for access to our "Lunchtime Chat" with Rev. Steve Rankin at 12 noon PDT.
Key Questions from this message:
Have you ever experienced the presence or glory of God? If so, what was it like?
What are my beliefs about Jesus as God's son?
How would I evaluate my current condition as a student of Jesus?
Rev. Tom Albin's third message centers around the idea of renewal. Using John 1:29-34, Albin reminds participants that it is the Holy Spirit who gives the gift of renewal. He goes on to explain that the working of the Holy Spirit is evidenced by a bold Christian witness.