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getting out the WORD - the third sunday of easter
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 11:53

the PRAYER...
O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
When [Jesus] was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.

Luke 24:13-35

the DEVOTION...
It's not the way I'd do it... not if I was Jesus! If I had suffered all he'd suffered and been crucified and died and buried and descended to the dead, you can be sure that when I rose, I'd want people to know about it! Times Square! That's where I'd appear! At rush hour! Surrounded by angels! Lots and lots of angels! And everyone would see!

However, according to the story, Jesus is a little more modest than me! A bit more reserved! One woman, here! A small group, there! This week, it's two men - one known, the other not - walking along a road. Jesus joins them. Accompanies them on their journey. Enters into the conversation. In the end, they share a meal. Simple hospitality. Common courtesy. Jesus says grace and it suddenly dawns on them who he is! Maybe it's the tone of his voice! The tilt of his head! The way he holds the bread! Whatever it is, their eyes are opened and they recognize him! Know him! But the moment they do, he vanishes! Just a peek, nothing more! A glimpse! No. It's not the way I'd do it... not if I was Jesus...

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
getting out the WORD - the second sunday of easter
Written by Pastor Bob   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:15

the PRAYER...
Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christ's blessing, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."

John 20:19-31

the DEVOTION...
Most of us have learned to look at Good Friday and Easter from the perspective of sin and forgiveness alone. We fall short. We miss the mark. Therefore, we deserve punishment. Endless! Awful! However, since god loves us, god gives Jesus to "take our medicine" for us. It's called the substitutionary theory of atonement and it's one of the pillars of "conservative" christianity here in the good, old U.S. of A.

But this year, as I reread the hymn I sent out last week, I realized there was none of that! No sin! No punishment! No in-place-of! Instead, there's only Jesus! It's more like Luther's "A Mighty Fortress"! Breaking the cruel oppressor's rod! Winning salvation glorious! The cross is a cosmic battle! God against evil! God against all that holds us captive! Sin! Death! Devil! Christus Victor it's called! Christ not victim, but victor! Not conquered, but conqueror! Not vanquished, but vanquisher! And we're drawn along in the wake!

The strife is o'er, the battle done... all because of Jesus! The strife is o'er, the battle done... all because of the cross!

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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  • Psalm 6

    ​O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger,
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  • Psalm 6

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