Where is Christ?

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Jesus entered into Jerusalem for Passover knowing that he was not liked and that his ministry threatened the Jewish religious leaders and the Roman government.  Yet he came anyway.  He continued to share the essence of God’s kin-dom and the abundance of God’s love and grace.  He was there to touch and transform people’s lives and to turn the world … Read More

Give it a rest?

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We’re headed toward the last Sunday in Lent in our journey of fasting from hurry and worry.  How are we doing?  The prayers for the Prayer Chair have been blessings for me.  However, I still find myself in the hurry and worry.  How about you? Our scripture passage this week from Mark invites us into two vital, life-giving directions.  Jesus … Read More

Time…

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“For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven…” What time is it now?  Do I have time to do one more thing on my to-do list?  Is there an evening we can get together?  Time is finite but it sure seems to get away from us!  Our lives seem to become busier and our … Read More

Treasure…

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“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be too.”  Luke 12: 34 What do we treasure?  How do we go about treasuring it?  If our treasure is what we spend most of our time, energy, effort, thoughts, words, resources, and space, then a treasure hunt into our lives might just surprise us.  Jesus invites us to look closely and … Read More

Preparing a Table…

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I remember family gatherings around the round table in my parents’ kitchen which was large enough to play ping pong. Obviously, the table expanded to a very large oval.  We enjoyed lots of holiday and informal meals with our grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends and other guests.  Everyone felt welcome and included. The recent exclusionary decisions from General Conference … Read More

Tuning In…

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Who hasn’t heard the story of the sisters Mary and Martha in Luke 10?  Jesus is at their home for a dinner party with friends.   Martha is busying offering hospitality in preparing the meal, setting the table, and coordinating everything.  But she’s bordering on being frazzled.  Mary is just sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to his message. Martha goes to … Read More

Worry and Hurry or….

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For Lent, we are fasting from worry and hurry in order to make room for God.  I don’t know about anyone else, but this may be the most challenging Lent in my spiritual life.  I’m committed to engage the fasting and intentional prayer discipline.  I invite you to courageously join me on the journey. Jesus speaks to all of us … Read More

God’s Grace…

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In Luke 9, Jesus heads up the mountain to pray.  He asks Peter, James, and John to go with him.  There he is surrounded by light, his clothes become dazzling, and he is joined by Moses and Elijah.  A voice from heaven says, “This is my Son, my chosen one.  Listen to him!”  This is a Spirit-filled God moment.  The … Read More

Are you willing?

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At weddings and gatherings, we often make toasts for the occasion.  We lift our glasses in celebration and joy of blessed events.  Jesus blessed the wedding at Cana with the miracle of more wine. In the Gospel of Matthew, the mother of James and John come to Jesus to ask if her sons will sit on the right or left … Read More

Living in the Tension…

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In the Gospel of Matthew is the Sermon on the Mount with the blessings in God’s kin-dom community.  In Luke, Jesus speaks what is called the Sermon on the Plain with four “blesseds” and four “woes”.  We immediately start wondering whether we are included or excluded.  WE wonder what it is that we have to do to be “blessed”.   Of … Read More