getting out the WORD - the second sunday in lent PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...
O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life. Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
"Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

Mark 8:31-38

For the biggest part of my ministry, I thought the shadow-side of believing was not-believing; that the opposite of faith was doubt. It's not. Control is. If I can't trust that someone will catch me, I'll make sure I never fall! Or, at the very least, make certain someone's around... just in case. It's not trust. You don't believe. You control.

And as a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, I learned, early on, there are certain verses in the bible - like this one, today - that are tailor-made to do the same thing, to control! Guilt and shame are strong motivators, powerful manipulators, and trust has nothing to do with it. Chapter and verse. Printed in red. But all things considered, I still can't imagine Jesus ever saying it! Suffering, crucified, dying, buried, descending. All while being betrayed, abandoned, denied. Yet, after three days, there he is, once again, in their midst with arms wide open! Forgiving! Forgetting! So why should, how could, our being embarrassed by, ashamed of, him, be any different? Love is love is love!

Bob Barndt, pastor

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