Tuesday, 3rd Week after Pentecost

Text: Galatians 1:18-2:10

Prayer Pointers:

To know God daily

For those far away from God

For all who work daily under the sun

A recent book describes how our world has been flattened into two dimensions, spiritually speaking. There is no space for God to act. All that happens, happens by “natural” processes, and anything that you or I experience as “spiritual” is just the result of the working out of those natural processes that prime us to think that there is more to the world than there really is. Law, love, grace, hope and any other spiritual word or phrase you can think of are empty cups and it is upon each of us to fill those cups.

This way of thinking leads us into a very dangerous situation. As we grow to believe that it is our own efforts that make “meaning” in the world, our pride grows as well. And why not? We make our own worlds, we make our own meaning, we make our own way in life. We are makers, creators, rulers—and proud! Of course, like every ruler of every age, we do not like our will to be thwarted, our pride to be punctured.

Paul is often accused of pride, but his pride tends toward pride in God and what God has done for him rather than pride in his own creating, his own making. I think the reason is because Paul knew he was no creator—he was a killer. Paul was no maker; he was a murderer, and it was only by God’s grace that Paul’s life was turned. Paul became in his Lord’s hand a means to reach all those men and women whose cups of life were bone dry from pouring them out over and over for petty gods who could do nothing. Paul found that the Lord Jesus filled his cup, filled it faithfully with “living water.”

So Paul boasted in the Lord, and took on those of reputation in the Church, and delighted in his role in spreading the Gospel because in all of it the God who takes action in our lives was glorified.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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824 North Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 | 919-682-6030  |

Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.