Today we celebrate the feast of the Ascension. After the resurrection, Jesus taught his disciples about God’s kingdom for forty days (Acts 1:3) and then he was “taken up” to heaven (Acts 1:2, 11). The cross and empty tomb are at the very heart of the gospel message proclaimed by Jesus’s followers throughout history (1 Corinthians 15:1–4).
Almost all of them agree that the Congressional Medal of Honor has transformed and redefined their lives. For many, it has thrust them into the public eye. One recipient judging its effect on his thought and behavior, said, “You’re representing everybody and everything the medal represents.”
The saying “You can never out-give God” may be doubted by obsessed or tightfisted people. But Paul’s letter to the Philippian believers fully supports this saying.
In The Belly of a Fish
Jonah must have been very uncomfortable in the belly of the fish. Yet there are many people in this dark and suffocating world who seem to think that the place they find themselves is a pretty good place to be. They believe that the world needs only a few social and political improvements. And they also hold that people themselves possess the ability to make all the needed changes.
We all need a friend – someone we can turn to, talk to, and even cling to if necessary.
Stick out your tongue
One of the first things that a doctor says when he examines a patient is, “Let me see your tongue.” It is often possible to make a diagnosis just by looking inside a person’s mouth. Some diseases can be detected by the tongue’s appearance.
This is even truer as a test of spiritual health. A person’s speech reveals what is going on inside. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Mt. 12:34).