The Disappearing Railroad Blues

City of New Orleans at Kankakee, Illinois
The Illinois Central’s City of New Orleans at Kankakee, Illinois, August 1964. Photo by Lawrence and David Barera, via Flickr.com.

Our finite human nature often has difficulty appreciating the past and the future while simultaneously living in the present. Old and new tend to clash, with one or the other taking primacy of place. Which we choose depends on our age and point of view. But we serve an Eternal God Who exists outside of time. Is there some way, as His disciples, that we can reconcile old and new in our daily lives?

Isaiah 65:17-19; Matthew 13:52; Luke 5:36-39; Revelation 21:1-4

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Music: “The City of New Orleans,” Steve Goodman, performed by Arlo Guthrie, Hobo’s Lullaby, Reprise Records, 1972. The full song can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF1lqEQFVUo.

We Are Coming, But Are We Staying?

Dress On The Colors, US Army Center of Military History.

The Parable of the Sower seems easy enough to understand until we actually have to live it out. Oddly enough, most people probably have no idea they are living out that parable on a daily basis – not only in their individual lives, but in their families, congregations, ministries, and communities. 

1 Samuel 13:14, 24:1-7; Matthew 13:1-23; Galatians 6:1-10; James 5:7-11

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Music: “We Are Coming Father Abram,” Gettysburg College Singers, Songs of the Civil War, Vintage Music, 2013.