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getting out the WORD - the 2nd sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 08:56

the PRAYER...
God of compassion, you have opened the way for us and brought us to yourself. Pour your love into our hearts, that, overflowing with joy, we may freely share the blessings of your realm and faithfully proclaim the good news of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...
"If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town."

Matthew 9:35-10:23

Not all roads lead to Oz... Not all rainbows end in a pot of gold... Not all fairy tales have a happily ever after... Sometimes they, simply, end. And sometimes ministries are like that, as well. We'd like to think it's different. But it's not. And when it happens - as a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ - I have to tell you that's when many of "us" take Matthew 10:14 to heart. "If anyone will not listen, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave!"

But you know, I have a hard time believing Jesus would do anything like that. Pulling over at the city limit sign! Getting out of the car! Smacking his shoes together! Then getting back in the car, driving away, and never, ever looking back. Not the Jesus who forgives the ones who crucify him. The Jesus who invites the one without sin to throw the first stone. Who washes the feet of friends who abandon... deny... betray...

If anyone will not welcome? If anyone will not listen? What Would Jesus Do? I think he'd do what he's always done, do what he always does! Just keep on loving... and loving... and loving...

Bob Barndt, pastor

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Today's Bible Reading

  • Psalm 6

    ​O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger,
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Verse of the Day

  • Psalm 6

    ​My soul also is struck with terror, while you, O LORD — how long? Turn, O LORD, save my life; deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love. For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who can give you praise?

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