For this Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, we continue our journey with Jesus and his disciples through the Gospel of Matthew and respond to Jesus’ call to discipleship. In today’s reading from Matthew, Peter asks Jesus a question about forgiveness. The reality is that we do sin against one another, and Jesus’ challenge that we forgive […]
Encounters with the Risen Jesus bring us face-to-face with our mistakes Text: John 21:1-19; Third Sunday of Easter Jesus’ closest followers made more than their share of mistakes. Yet, Jesus showed them an all-forgiving love as he called them to ever-deeper service in the Way. The risen Jesus offered breakfast to his followers on the shores […]
In this healing, Jesus changes the boundaries Today’s text: Mark 1:21-28 When we talk about personal relationships, one of the characteristics we consider are the boundaries we set. Boundaries help to define who we are; healthy boundaries help us to maintain a strong sense of ourselves, while allowing us to be in mutual relationships with […]
When Jesus says that we a ‘friend’, that implies a living relationship. It implies a connection. The relationship elicits the responses and behaviors of love. Being friends is all about “done”. It is about nothing related to the past—it’s already done, it is already past. The relationship is based now on a present reality of a present love. The relationship looks to the future and exploring new ways of life together.
Easter 3B April 19, 2015 Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley, CA A STORY: Emily Habben’s (Wilmar MN) 5 year old had been working on saying the Lord’s Prayer for some time. One day she asked if he would recite it. Enthusiastic to share something he had learned, he ceremoniously began his recitation and spoke the […]
It is still Advent…we are not ready because there is yet a mystery-“Among you stands one you do not know.” This is Signs and Season: Who stands before us?” It’s the mystery that John invokes as he preaches a baptism for the forgiveness of sins. It is the root of my question for “Signs and Season”, “Who (or what) stands before us?
The Bible is also a panorama of love gained and lost. In fact, most of the story of salvation has to do with God’s enduring fidelity over and against human rejection. God never stops reaching out to those who reject God’s generous faithfulness.
Matthew 18:15-20 • “HOW TO HANDLE CONFLICT” Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. By a show of hands, how many of us here this morning have ever been involved, in one way or another, in a conflict? Good. This message is for […]
John 20:19-23 I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. What does this mean? I believe that by my own understanding or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him, but […]