You shall love... your neighbor as yourself

Some people state a very simple rule, “What goes around comes around.” Jesus shows us an even simpler rule. Love. In being compassionate we become human. We see the whole world as our neighbor.

For: 
July 14, 2019
Luke 10:25-37
Pentecost 5

Funny thing. When it comes to life, we often expect what we harvest will be different from what we plant. What we really want are the fruits of the Spirit. If you grow a spiritual relationship with God, you will become both creative and compassionate.

For: 
July 7, 2019
Galatians 6:7-9
Pentecost 4
For freedom, Christ has set us free.

The Apostle Paul makes a bold statement at the beginning of his letter to the Galatians. He says, “For freedom, Christ has set us free.” In other words, a major reason for Jesus to come into our lives is to make us free. Paul means this first in terms of our inner spirit. The fruit of that freedom loving spirit is compassion.

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June 30, 2019
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Pentecost 3
Jesus commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man.

Jesus is always busy doing good, but he’s never in a hurry. Obstacles are placed in his way, but he remains calm. He also remains compassionate. The 8th chapter of Luke describes a really stress-packed week for Jesus. Yet Jesus isn't stressed.

For: 
June 23, 2019
Luke 8:26-39
Pentecost 2
God’s love has been poured into our hearts.

There’s a vicious circle that I often get stuck in; I think that because I am a Christian, I should always have the right answer, never have any doubts, and in practice, be a model of perfection. Guess what? I’m not perfect yet. 

For: 
June 16, 2019
Romans 5:1-5
Pentecost 2
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

We have not received a spirit of restrained language, rigid rules, repeated practice with fountain pen and paper; we have received fire.

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June 9, 2019
Romans 8:14-17
Acts 2:1-21
Pentecost
Paul and Silas are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.

There are many people today who once they become Christians, become less valuable to their employers, because they aren’t willing to lie or do things that are unethical at work anymore. Christianity is a dangerous thing. In Acts 16 Paul and Silas went to jail because of the gospel of truth and justice.

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May 28, 2019
Acts 16:16-23
Easter 7
“Come over to Macedonia and help us...”

Wherever we can get people together to pray, study the Bible, and worship, we can do Church. We do well to remember that local churches are supposed to reproduce. They are supposed to send their best out into the field to help other people have a congregation of their own. Does your church have sufficient charity and spiritual passion to give away its best leaders and start new congregation elsewhere?

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May 26, 2019
Acts 16:9-15
Easter 6
Lo, I am with you always

There are 3 and 1/2 ascension storys. Why? Jesus says good bye to each person he met on this earth in a different way. Each group of people, each church, might need to hear something different.

Acts 1:6-9
Matthew 28:16
Ascension Day
Easter 6
"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another."

In too many governments around the world, and perhaps even here, the competitive spirit of partisanship and winning overtakes the basic task of government, that is to be in a healthy and positive relationship with the people. In too many churches, perhaps your own, the routine of being churchy has buried the joy of being in fellowship with each other and in love with Christ.

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May 19, 2019
John 13:31-35
Easter 5
She was devoted to good works and acts of charity.

Each of us have been blessed by people who day after day did "good works and acts of charity." Shall I name Margaret? Shall I name Suzy Q? These people live on in our memories. They also live, which is the point of the story of Dorcas, because of the power of Christ's resurrection over death.

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May 12, 2019
Acts 9:36-43
Luke 10:38-42
Easter 4
Mother's Day
"...for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me."

What does it mean to us? It means that Christ's resurrection was for everyone. Even those who are broken in the pit, can be drawn up.

For: 
May 5, 2019
Psalm 30
Easter 3
Holy Saturday vigil
The disciples said to Thomas, “We have seen the Lord.” John 20:25

We live in a era in which it is not proper to speak about the deep mystery of Easter. Okay, Jesus' resurrection gets one day. Why can't we be more like Mary and the disciples, who keep saying , “We have seen the Lord” until even Thomas believes it.

For: 
April 28, 2019
John 20:18-29
Easter 2
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Here is the story. God emptied himself and was born into our world. One Friday, God made himself weak and vulnerable. He was betrayed, put on trial, mocked, beaten, made to carry his cross throughout all the streets of Jerusalem, he stumbles three times under its weight (imagine that, God being weak), and then arriving at the place of the skull, he is nailed to this cross. It is dropped into a hole. He is made to hang between heaven and earth. In agony for three hours. Then he dies. God’s envoy to this planet dies. This is the story.

1 Corinthians 1:18, 2:1-2
Lent 1
Good Friday

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