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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dirty Feet

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
The washing of the disciples’ feet was such a tender, teachable moment through which Jesus was teaching the depth of his love and dedication. In his righteous humility, he illuminates his love and ministry to us. Jesus did this willingly to give the disciples a foretaste of what he was willing, and meant, to do for them.



The washing of feet was meant to be done by a lowly servant, not the guest of honor. The disciples were appalled that Jesus should wash their feet.This was the most lowly thing they’d witnessed Jesus doing. Though beautifully symbolic and powerful, this was so little compared to what Jesus knew laid ahead of him in just a few short hours, the ultimate act of humility - the crucifixion.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Our Covenant God

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
Something I treasure about Scripture is when a well-worn verse has fresh life breathed into it and is as though the verse is brand new. That happened to me today with Genesis 9:9-10. God is speaking to Noah, promising never to flood the earth again, God begins by saying, “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you – the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you – every living creature on earth.” After this introduction God actually says He will never again flood the entire earth, but it is the introduction that got my attention today. Why would God make a covenant to animals? I get why He promised Noah and us, but why did He include the animals?

As I pondered this, it seemed as though God gave me a clearer understanding of that particular verse.  A covenant does not demand a two-sided promise; it can be one sided. Sometimes, God’s covenants are one-sided. God’s promises depend not on the promise receiver; but, on the promise maker. His perfect promises hinge on nothing but His holy self. His promises are not contingent upon our actions, acceptance, or even knowledge of them.  They, like Him, just are. God is The Great I Am, so therefore His promises just are.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Messy Ministry

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
Our family morning routine concludes with me leaving our home last. So, it is up to me turn everything off and lock up. One morning, not too long ago, I was really in a rush to do these last minute tasks.  I was already running late, when I noticed a distressed bird trapped in our screen porch. As I bolted the sliding glass door and headed out, my heart sank. I knew what I should do. But I delayed… “You will definitely be late for work if you stop to help this bird,” I argued with myself.

Now, I had a decision to make.  I could leave the bird and get to work on time, or I could save the bird and be late. Since this was not our first trapped bird, I knew it could be a long and drawn out process. The bird was frantic and flying into the screens over and over desperate to escape. I knew that in a short time, she would be dead or lying on the cold concrete floor with something broken. I could not stand it. I unlatched the door and hurried to help. I tried to shew her this way and that, to no avail. Finally, I cried out and asked in Jesus’ name for her to take my direction and go toward the now-open door. As I live and breath, she went directly out the door at that moment. Immediately, I thanked Jesus and then made my own hurried flight to work.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Reserve

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
Though I was one of the girliest girls ever, when I was younger, one of my favorite pastimes was mud-riding on my very own four-wheeler.

Once while out in the country with my dad and big brother, Dad was planning to lead us to a new place to ride on the adjoining property. I was unfamiliar with the land, so I did not know the way, but he indicated it was far.