For this Thirteenth 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 Jeremiah, the prophet speaks of the incurable wound of his suffering. Yet, Jeremiah finds in God’s words the delight of his heart. In Matthew, […]
Jesus would say it a different way. Jesus says, “You gotta die a little” in being a faithful follower of God. There is a giving up of self (that means our desire to control everything) in order to honor the father. One has to lose ones’ self to save life. There is dying in order to rise to his glory.
“I had a ‘drug’ problem when I was a young person and a teenager. I was ‘drug’ to church on Sunday morning. I was ‘drug’ to church on Sunday night. I was ‘drug’ to church on Wednesday night. I was ‘drug’ to Sunday School every week. I was ‘drug’ to Vacation Bible School. I was ‘drug’ to the family altar to read the Bible and pray. I was also ‘drug’ to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents.