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getting out the WORD - the 3rd sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 00:00

the PRAYER...
Teach us, good Lord God, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, except that of knowing that we do your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...
[Jesus said to the twelve:] "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword."

Matthew 10:24-39

the DEVOTION...
Separation of church and state... abortion... homosexuality... evolution... birth control... Of course, that's only the beginning. The list goes on. So, when the church meets up with a verse like this - about bringing a sword and not peace - it has a way of sucking in the whole programme!

But when you get down to it, faith is, still, a pretty simple thing. It's believing god loves... period! All we have to do is look at Jesus! God loves us - all of us - so much that god's willing to do anything to be with us! Even suffer! Even die!

Bottom line, the thing that divides us, nowadays, isn't the rules and regulations we create. It's, actually, the love god shares! Some of us have a hard time believing god loves like god does! Turning the other! Going the extra! Doing unto! Pressing down! Shaking together! Overflowing! It's all just too good to be true! And you know what they say when something's too good to be true, you'll end up talking about anything but...

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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

the DEVOTION...
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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