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Getting Out the WORD - the fourth sunday in lent
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 21:11

 

the PRAYER. . .


Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us.  By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .

"As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him!"

 

the DEVOTION. . .

So, why do bad things happen to good people? Why, for that matter, do bad things happen, at all? For those of us who believe in a loving god, that’s the $64,000 question. Earthquakes? Tidal waves? Wild fires? Droughts? And what about that "man blind from birth"? Why?


The disciples looked for cause-and-effect. Who sinned? Who fell short? Who didn't measure up? Him? His parents? But the truth of the matter is that faith isn't about finding fault or placing blame. It’s about opportunity! Each "sin" is a chance to show mercy! Each “flaw” compassion! Each "failing" grace!


Faith isn’t about asking the “Why?”  Rather, it’s about living the “What now?”

bob barndt, pastor

 
Getting Out the WORD - the third sunday in lent
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 12:10

 

the PRAYER. . .


Merciful God, the fountain of living water, you quench our thirst and wash away our sin.  Give us this water always.  Bring us to drink from the well that flows with the beauty of your truth through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .

Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, ‘What do you want?’ or, ‘Why are you speaking with her?’

(john 4:5-42 )

the DEVOTION. . .

 

The last the disciples had seen Jesus, it was about noon. He was beside the well. Alone. They were going to the city, we’re told, to buy food while Jesus stayed behind. But when they got back. . . Well, ‘John’ says they were astonished! A better word might be dumbfounded... or flabbergasted... or even, flummoxed (I just found that one in the thesaurus!)... What did the man think he was doing! It was bad enough to be talking with a Samaritan! But with a WOMAN! It just wasn’t done! What would people think! What would they say! God forbid, what would they do!


And, then, came that amazing phrase... but no one said, ‘What do you want?’ or, ‘Why are you speaking with her?’” No one looked beyond. No one went deeper.  "What is this?" “What does this mean?”


Sometimes, appearances aren’t everything. Sometimes, there’s more than meets the eye.  And sometimes faith happens. . . in the most unexpected of places... between the most unlikely of people...


bob barndt, pastor

 
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