Ordinary People

Amy Clemens

Read: 1 Corinthians 1:25-31 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. (v. 26 NIV) One of my greatest spiritual comforts comes from the fact that our highest holy book doesn’t just contain stories of high, holy people, golden-boy examples, or gods and goddesses we are meant to kowtow to in fear. The Bible is one of …

Ordinary Prayers

Amy Clemens

Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (vv. 16-18) “Pray without ceasing” is an invitation to live out all our moments, ordinary or not, talking and listening to our Creator. When I’m in constant conversation with God, I talk about things that may seem insignificant to others. A ray of sunshine that breaks through an otherwise dreary day, a tiny flower …

Ordinary Life

Amy Clemens

Read: Romans 12:1-5 Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. (v. 1 Message) Spanning 225 days this year, from January 14 to March 5, and June 10 to November 30, Ordinary Time serves as a robust reminder that Jesus walked, taught, and grew in favor with God and people through regular days, just like ours. A needy, helpless infant at birth, Jesus learned obedience through what he suffered (Heb. …

Ordinary Time

Amy Clemens

Read: Psalm 23 He makes me lie down in green pastures. (v. 2) Each liturgical season—Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, etc.—has its own color. If you study a pie chart of the annual Christian calendar, you will notice immediately that one color dominates amid slices of red, white, and purple. This little-celebrated season, called “Ordinary Time,” is devoid of special events or celebrations, yet it overwhelms more than half the calendar with green. Ordinary Time, like ordinary life, is all …

Lingering with Doubt

Jon Opgenorth

Read: Luke 23:44-49 [They] stood at a distance watching these things. (v. 49) What do you do when Jesus does not fit your expectations? Peter saw Jesus from a distance but denied him. All Jesus’ acquaintances and the women who followed him from Galilee stood there watching. I imagine they were as confounded as Peter. They also were “at a distance” (v. 49), but they chose a different posture. They did not ignore their pain or hide their grief. But …