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Getting Out the WORD - the fourth sunday after the epiphany
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 10:11

the PRAYER. . .

Compassionate God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior.  Bring wholeness to all that is broken and speak truth to us in our confusion, that all creation will see and know your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING. . .

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.  They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. . . ."        (Mark 1:21-28 )

the DEVOTION. . .

 

By New Years, 1989, the Bust had, finally, caught up with us.  The price of oil was down.  That of potash was, even, lower.  Unemployment, if I remember correctly, hit 16%.  So, it was time.  I packed my bags.  I went home.  Unfortunately, it wasn't any better there.  My brother was in the hospital recuperating from a car wreck.  Dad had "double" pneumonia.  And, within a week or two of my return, my mom would be diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.  Week after week, I went to church with one simple request:  Redeem me!  Give me a reason - any reason - to get out of bed tomorrow!  It wasn't a happy time.  But it was when I learned the difference between simply preaching a sermon and proclaiming the gospel.

 

Preaching is just talking; proclaiming is saying something!  Preaching spouts clichés and platitudes; proclaiming announces the reign of god!  Preaching entertains (or bores – two sides of the same coin); proclaiming in-spirits and in-courages!  Preaching amuses.  It distracts.  But when the gospel is proclaimed, things happen!  The heavens are torn in two!  Demons run away!  The lame dance!  The mute sing!  The dead rise!  And world is changed forever!  Created!  Revived!  Restored!

 

Christ taught - and lived - "as one having authority"!  And because of that, the church – you and I – are chosen to do the same!

bob barndt, pastor

 
Getting Out the WORD - the third sunday after the epiphany
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:01

from the Trisynodical Theological Conference in Waco!

the PRAYER. . .

Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service.  Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING. . .

As he went a little farther, [Jesus] saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets.  Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him....         (Mark 1:14-20 )

the DEVOTION. . .

 

He remembered everything about them!  The day they were born!  Their first words!  First steps!  He rememembered the first time he took them out on the sea.  He taught them to sail!  To fish!  Even, to mend nets!  Sons!  More than sons!  Partners!  Friends!  Life itself!  But, then, Zebedee saw Jesus walking toward him...  with Simon...  with Andrew...  He heard him speak to the boys...  speak to HIS boys...  and, then, he watched...  as they put down their nets...  stand up...  and walk away...  No second thoughts...  No hesitation...


I wonder what "commitment" looks like...  to a father...  sitting alone...  in a boat...  surrounded by strangers...  What does "commitment" look like...  to the ones who are left behind...

 

bob barndt, pastor

 
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