Our Weekly Thought - December 4 - 10, 2017

The author of Mark coined the term Gospel, which is an account of God’s good news wrapped up in the fully human, fully divine Jesus. The author begins Jesus' Gospel at the baptism of Jesus. Later Gospels started at Jesus' birth, at his cousin John’s birth, and the Gospel of John went back to the beginning of all creation. Be alert for the evidence of good news in your life and your neighborhood.

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Our Weekly Thought - November 27 - December 3, 2017

Advent begins December 3. The English Gospel says, “Keep awake,” but the Greek is more emphatic, being closer to “Wake Up!” It’s what Maryjeanne calls out to me when I have been driving too long, and the snowflakes are hypnotizing me. Jesus asks us to use the community to be awake and aware at all times. No one person can do this alone.

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Our Weekly Thought - November 20-26, 2017

In the Parable of the Needy (Matthew 25:31-46), the author demonstrates a disturbing truth, namely that people in need are Jesus in our midst: to notice and serve them is to serve Jesus; to ignore them is to ignore and dishonor Jesus. I used to think that it was my calling as a Christian to go out into the world to bring Christ to others or to find others and bring them to Christ. This parable clearly says that we go out into the to find Jesus in the needs of others, and help.

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Our Weekly Thought - November 13-19, 2017

In the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), the author implies that God treats money like love, namely the more you give away and use, the more you keep at the end. In saving for retirement, most of us treat possessions in the opposite way, striving to keep all that we can. Does this parallel your life experience? What does it mean to use faithfully what God has provided? How are we enriched by sharing and impoverished by hording?

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Our Weekly Thought - October 30-November 5, 2017

On the first Sunday in November, we celebrate All Saints Sunday, whereon we remember especially those community members and friends who have died this past year. We also recognize that we are all saints in Christ Jesus. Luther once noted that Christians are simultaneously saints and sinners: saints before God, due to the Holy Spirit, and at one and the same time sinners, people who engage in ways that skew our relationships with God, others, and all the world.

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Our Weekly Thought - October 23-29, 2017

This year is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, the time when Luther’s 95 points of debate became the impetus for a sweeping change in the way people thought about God and practiced Christianity. One of Luther’s bold assertions is that the Christian is simultaneously: a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none, AND a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all. Due to God’s love given to us in Christ Jesus, we are free to serve our neighbor’s need, being generous and compassionate wherever we are, wherever we go.

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Our Weekly Thought - September 4-10, 2017

In Matthew 18:15-17, it seems that Where 2 or 3 are gathered in Jesus' name, there will be an argument. People with differing religious views can make someone with an alternate view into an enemy. Jesus has an alternate solution. At the end of this section, Jesus says to treat the stubborn member like a tax collector or Gentile. Folks assume that means to ostracize them. Yet Jesus often treated those kinds of people with deference, compassion, and grace. Is that what Jesus meant?

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Our Weekly Thought - July 31-August 6, 2017

In Matthew 14:13-21, Jesus was tired and needed a break, but folks found out his destination and met him there. Instead of ditching the crowds, he taught them and had the disciples feed them all a meal. The miraculous feeding happened because, although the disciples pointed out what they lacked, Jesus asked them to share what they had, and blessed that. What do you have to share that God might bless?

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Our Weekly Thought - July 17-23, 2017

This year, the things that grow fastest and best in the gardens I’m tending are the weeds. If God’s justice takes time and requires patience, how do I manage my impatience? We ask in the Lord’s Prayer for God’s reign to come. Luther noted that meant that God’s reign, which will surely arrive without our praying for it, will come also among us. What are the signs of God’s reign? Which do you see most clearly? Which are dim for you?

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