a word from The Sponsor ~ October 17

This is the last Sunday in two of the graduate courses. This weekend will show that prayer in schools is alive and well (!)
(just a little Sunday humor)

 

Romans 15:6-7 is a wonderful verse for rushed, anxious moments, that are mixed with rushed preparation and slight regret over previous time management choices. This is especially true when those moments are compressed together!

Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.”
~Romans 15:6-7 (nlt)

“So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” ~Romans 15:6-7 (niv)

 

 

 


 

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a word from The Sponsor ~ October 10

Please read the version of Ephesians 6:10-18 that speaks to you. Also, consider substituting your name for the pronouns “you” and “our.”

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full [protection] of God, so that you can [stand up to everything that is thrown your way].  12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against [everything that is thrown our way]. 13 Therefore put on the full [protection] of God, so that when the day of [darkness] comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of Peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the [enemy]. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” ~Ephesians 6:10-18 (adapted from niv, good news, nlt, message)

 


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a word from The Sponsor ~ October 3

“Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” ~Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

“Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.” ~Philippians 4:8 (the voice)

 

 


 

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a word from The Sponsor ~ September 26

One graduate class begins and another graduate Capstone class concludes.

This Bible verse, Luke 21:33, is a beacon for both classes.

Jesus said, “ Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.” ~Luke 21: 33 (NLT)

 

 

 

 

 


 

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a word from The Sponsor ~ September 19

Romans 5:3-5 is the Bible verse that seems especially helpful for my graduate students right now.

“…we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.” ~Romans 5:3-5 

 

 Romans 5:3-5

 

 

 


 

 

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a word from The Sponsor ~ August 15

The word from The Sponsor Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 provided as theme Bible verse in a post from Dr. Bernard Bull, the President-elect of Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska.

“The body is a unit, though it is composed of many parts. And although its parts are many, they all form one body. So it is with Christ.” ~1 Corinthians 12:12-14

 

1 Corinthians12:12 

 

 


 

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a word from The Sponsor ~ August 8

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Leveling up with spiritual Plumb-lines

“Thus He showed me, and behold, the Lord was standing by a vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand. The Lord said to me, “What do you see, Amos?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,
“Behold I am about to put a plumb line
In the midst of My people Israel.” ~Amos 7:7-8

 

The plumb-line is a weight, usually with a pointed tip on the bottom, suspended from a string. Plumb lines (aka plumb bobs), are used as a vertical reference line, or datum. Their accuracy is absolute.

Plumb-lines always find the vertical axis pointing to the center of gravity. The plumb-line ensures a structure is centered and aligned. The Latin word “plumbum” is the root of the English word “plumb line.” It is translated to liquid silver. 

By aligning their measurement to the immutable force of gravity, Plumb lines are never inaccurate. 

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There is an allegory to our spiritual walk. Instead of gravity, we rely on the unchanging power of God. 


Rev. Joseph J. Clifford writes,

“By what plumb-line do we measure our lives and our community? What tells us that things are aligned, that life is where it needs to be? How do our plumb-lines compare to God’s?”

 

A plumb line is a weight suspended from a string used as a vertical reference line. 
The homograph of the metal lead is the leadership lead… 

PlumbLines_OurDailyBread

 

As I seek the Lord’s leadership in my life… How will I center my faith?  Will I be a tape measure? We have all used tape measures but they can be flimsy and inaccurate in unsteady hands. 

As I seek to center my spiritual practice, will I be a Level? Surely Levels are stronger than tape measures and infinitely more accurate?  According to Hammer Addict, “a level’s measurement can go bad. Over time or after a hard drop, a level can get out of calibration and could give a false reading.”


The truest, most solid measurement is the plumb line. The plumb-line of grace, servant leadership, anchored to a God’s power. This power is greater than even my ego! This power of God is true and always points to absolute center.

Because of Grace, the power of the plumb-line is always true.

 

By what plumb-line will you measure your life/work/spiritual practice? 

How will our choice of plumb-lines compare to God’s? 

How do we align or realign our plumb-lines? 

 

For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel—these are the eyes of the Lord which range to and fro throughout the earth.” ~Zechariah 4:10

 

 


References

Amos 7:1-15

Hammer Addict (2021). https://hammeraddict.com/can-a-level-go-bad/

Herrick Kimball, (2018, June 9). Plumbobs Don’t Lie. [Video File]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/Qzxu2Ttr2dk

Jones, K. (2021, July 11). Sermon Notes. 

Lifespans and Plumb Lines. https://ourdailybread.org/article/lifespans-and-plumb-lines/ 

Solomon, R. (2014). Apprenticed to Jesus: Learning from Him, Living like Him. Armour Publishing. 

 

 

If you would like to Learn More, click to this post: https://www.crosswayfellowshipchurch.org/sermons/2019/09/the-plumb-line 

 

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Keep your high beams on!

Summer roadways provide a challenge for drivers… from heat, traffic, and road construction to lonely stretches without an exit or cell phone service.

In Texas, there are extra challenges of dusty wind, big spider varmints, and wildlife such as deer who wander out on the twilight roads and cause havoc if hit. 

To see better, we have to turn on the high beam lights. We turn on the high beams…  and

Boom! 

High Beams on

We can see everything… the shadows of some things, (trees, fences, curves in the road) provide direction. 

In Texas, the high beams make the road look like Wild Kingdom! 

GEICO High Beams

In Colorado, the high beams make the road look like Donner Pass! 

 

We can see everything… and everything can see us… 

Many are drawn to our spiritual lights. Our highbeams show the way of the road and our location on the road. 

Folks may see our high beams and feel comfort that another is on the same road. They may ask for help or borrow our light to better see their way. 

 

The Lesson? In our spiritual walk…

Keep Your High Beams on!

GEICO High Beams

 

 

… and, please, stay safe, Because of Grace! 

 

 


 

Image Source: https://www.geico.com/living/driving/auto/auto-care/headlights/

a word from The Sponsor ~ July 18

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

 

 

 

 


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a word from The Sponsor ~ July 4, 2021

Isaiah 33: 22 provides the words from The Sponsor on this important holiday.

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a word from The Sponsor ~ June 6

James 2: 15-17 is the “Go-To” Bible verse set noted by one of my fourth time graduate students
“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

 

 

 

 

 

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a word from The Sponsor ~ May 23

 

Another extra-wonderful aspect of the graduate courses is the Bible verses that they share!

Here is a timely verses for today, on the final Sunday of a course in educational research methods, courtesy of one of the graduate students who shared Luke 24: 31-32  as his “Go-To” Bible verse on his Class Wall introduction at the beginning of the quarter.

Thank you, all for sharing your “Go-To” Bible verses during our course!

Special Thanks to all who have recently started following the Because of Grace blog!! Please feel free to Reply and share your “Go-To” Bible Verses (you do not have to be one of my graduate students to share and receive a blessing from the timeless wisdom of the Bible). 

 

 

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a word from The Sponsor ~ May 16

1 John 4:10 is our “Go-To” Bible verse provided from one of my graduate students.

What is so interesting about this Bible verse is that it is the same as the one featured in our sermon today!

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
1 John 4:10

 

 

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Saturday = Reminders of Grace

From Ann Voskamp

a word from The Sponsor ~ February 28

On this last day of February, a verse shared by one of my grad students seems especially appropriate:

Ephesians 4:32~~

a word from The Sponsor ~ February 21

Amos 5:4 has been a forefront verse for me this week as the huge snow storm in Texas has affected the utilities, food supply, water supply, and other conveniences of everyday life. It took some discipline toward my entitled inner child to center on The Sponsor, who never fails.

Amos 5_4

 

Praying for the safety of all who may glance at this post. 

 

 

 

 



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a word from The Sponsor ~ February 14

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a word from The Sponsor ~ February 8

2 Timothy 1:7 is our bold, “Go-To” Sunday Bible verse shared by one of my graduate students. 

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7


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a word from The Sponsor ~ January 31

Romans 12:18 is the Bible Verse shared by one of my graduate students as her “Go-To” Bible Verse.

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 NLT

 

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