Posts Tagged ‘acts of faith’

WHAT GIANTS ARE YOU BATTLING THESE DAYS? Young David didn’t just defeat Goliath, he disclosed Goliath’s false power and those who had mistakenly put more faith in the giant than they did in God! In part two of Conquering Giants, David’s strengths are lifted-up: superior imagination and superior faith.

How are we in the church using our imagination and the conviction of our faith to bring down the giants in our world and in our lives?

– RMG

Conquering Giants – Part Two: Sticks and Stones

Missed Part One? Click here to watch: The Bigger They Are

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Still I Rise
Maya Angelou, 1928 – 2014

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

From And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou. Copyright ©1978 by Maya Angelou.

Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Smile, discover God's world

Acts as simple as enjoying the beauty of the world or offering a smile can lift ourselves and others.

‘Tis a gift to be simple, says the old Shaker hymn. Sometimes we preachers do a pretty good job of complicating  simple things. Recently I read a verse* that reminded me that simple acts of faith make a huge impact in our lives and the lives of others. Simple acts of kindness, discovery and wonder make us healthier and happier, and they have a positive impact on the lives of others, too.

Read slowly or as a morning prayer, the following list has the potential of guiding us throughout our days. I’m going to keep a copy of it in my wallet. You might want to keep a copy, too, or share it with a friend. Click here to see the list or add to it! (more…)