Psalm 15:1-2 (Manhood = Integrity) by Chad Livingston

06 Apr Psalm 15:1-2 (Manhood = Integrity) by Chad Livingston

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook).

“O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart.” Psalm 15:1-2 (full readings)

Chad’s Reflections: At the opening of Psalm 15, David asks two synonymous questions. “Who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? In short, what does the Bible require of men? David spends the rest of the Psalm answering this question. Integrity means living in such a way that our statements about what is right and true are not embarrassed by the record of our life. It means that in our unguarded moments, we’re the same as when the crowds are watching. It means that when others know what we believe, they can predict our actions; and knowing our actions, they have an accurate readout on our beliefs. Do people know that you are a follower of Jesus because you act like one or because you have some external marker like a fish sticker on your car? There was a Jewish Rabbi named Shlomo Carlebach who picked up the name ‘Master Jesus’. Now how would a Jewish Rabbi, one of the most prominent of his time, get the name ‘Master Jesus’? In the States, he was known as The Singing Rabbi. In Israel, the dancing Rabbi and in South Africa he was known simply as ‘Master Jesus’. The South Africans simply loved this Rabbi and when he would visit, they would put him up in fancy 5 star hotels. When he would walk into such a hotel, he would immediately go to work; he would hug and kiss the black door man. Then he would hug and kiss the black bell boy. Then he would hug and kiss the stunned elevator man. So, during apartheid South Africa, some looked at him very sternly, “who is this white guy going around hugging and kissing black people? Doesn’t he know his place?” Others looked on with giggles, and others looked on in amazement. One of the black bell boys looked at another and said, “who is this white guy with the skull cap and the big beard, doesn’t he know his place?” To which the reply came, ‘it must be…it can only be…Master Jesus’ and the name stuck.
* Chad Livingston (LIFE Runner) is married to Kara, and they have two daughters. Chad owns “A Better Edge” landscaping company in Colorado Springs.

Faith Challenge: Do we walk with such integrity that our actions are an accurate readout of our beliefs?

Counter-Culture News: LSN, Vatican, AFA, Priests for Life, Live Action

Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.

Feast Day: Blessed Notker.
Faith Quote: “Plant your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” ~ Abraham Lincoln 
Through Christ Our Lord,

* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.

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  • Betsy Focareto
    Posted at 11:41 AM, 03 July 2014 Reply

    Hello Chad, I came across this and found it was you. I really like your faith challenge and the quote from Abraham Lincoln and Mother Teresa! In Matt. 22 Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”. If only the world could realize and act on these truths all evil would fall away! The following quote is one of my favorites, ” As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.” C.S. Lewis. Thanks for your words. Betsy Focareto P.S. Love the edging!