Posts tagged with ‘youth’

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Sunday, Oct. 8: Don’t grow nasty grapes!

by Trina Kleist

God expects sweet grapes from you! God’s kingdom here on earth looks something like a vineyard, Jesus says. God plants good vines, and he expects sweet, juicy grapes to grow. But it’s so easy for us to grow nasty, yucky grapes instead! Lots of vineyards grew in Jesus’ time, and Jesus used vineyard imagery a […]

Sunday, Oct. 1: Intention vs. action!

by Trina Kleist

Will you follow your good intention with action? God plants a good intention in your heart – will you follow through and take action? Lots of vineyards grew in Jesus’ time. In today’s story, Jesus tells of a family grape-growing business: A dad asks his first son to go work. The son says, “Yeah, I’ll […]

Sunday, Sept. 24: God’s ‘generous’ makes us jealous!

by Trina Kleist

God has a different way of being generous! It’s good to be generous. But God’s way of being generous makes our way look like nothing! Today’s Bible story makes that clear, and it makes us pretty uncomfortable. Jesus tells another parable about the “kingdom of heaven” and how we can understand it. His story relates […]

Sunday, Sept. 10: You gather, I come!

by Trina Kleist

When we gather, God’s love comes to us! When we gather in a community of faith, in the name of Jesus, Jesus promises that he stands there among us. That’s the message of today’s story: You gather, I’m there. I come. But we have to gather. With all of our faults and fears. With all […]

Sunday, Sept. 3: God’s way, not our way!

by Trina Kleist

But God, I want it my way!           God’s way of doing things isn’t at all like our way of doing things. The Bible shows us again and again, but we don’t get it. The same theme comes up with Jesus and his followers. “Those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” — […]

Aug. 27: Who is Jesus to you?

by Trina Kleist

Know who Jesus is! Jesus knew his followers were confused about his identity. Miraculous healings and feedings weren’t enough. So to make things plain, Jesus took his followers to the place that symbolized all that clouded their vision. In today’s Gospel story, Jesus takes them to “the district of Cesarea Philippi” to reveal his true […]

Sunday, Aug. 20: God loves a pest!

by Trina Kleist

Do you have the faith of a pest? Would you like to? God’s OK with it! Several Bible stories feature a pest – someone who keeps after God, asking again and again for something that’s important to them. What makes these folks special to God is their pestering comes from a deep faith that God […]

Sunday, Aug. 13: It’s OK, Jesus knows you’re afraid!

by Trina Kleist

So let ‘afraid’ turn to ‘a faith’! Jesus’ followers often were afraid – but Jesus kept on loving them and pushing them to “take heart” and let him nurture their faith. Even after Jesus’ most famous miracle – the feeding of the 5,000 – his followers still had trouble with their faith. (How human is […]

Sunday, Aug. 6: No one goes hungry here!

by Trina Kleist

If you’re hungry, this is the right place! “Eat my bread, and you’ll never go hungry again!” – That’s Jesus’ promise. To help people get that, Jesus performed a spectacular miracle. There were all these people who had come out to see him – they had heard he could do amazing things! When Jesus saw […]

Sunday, July 30: A kingdom of mustard and yeast!

by Trina Kleist

What is God’s kingdom like? Yeast, mustard and wasteful farmers – God’s kingdom features things that seem small, people that seem foolish. It’s puzzling. But that’s because God’s logic is different from human logic! These have been the subjects of Jesus’ stories the last few weeks. Jesus is trying to help folks understand this new […]