Sunday, January 25, 2015

Call to Abundance

Luke 5:1-11 Great catch of fish

To live with a vision of abundance in place of a perpetual view of scarcity. To live in response to God's affirming call, instead of suppressed by guilt and inadequacy. This is the new outlook Jesus offers to a world longing for good news. The disciples had to push through the negativity to become what Jesus was calling them to be. What do we have to push through in order to embrace fully the ever-new life to which the church is called?

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

An epiphany! Help me, help you!

Psalm 71 In God I seek refuge
Luke 4:14-30 Sermon at Nazareth

Jesus' sermon at Nazareth could be considered his mandate, his mission statement. He has heard the call of God in the words of Isaiah and while he was in the synagogue he proclaimed to the community who he is, what his ministry is about and his vision for the church. His mandate - radical asceticism. For Christians today a modern asceticism might be to live simply or in other words radical minimalism. What changes will Jesus' vision inspire us to make so that we may live each day with our heart and not just our head?


Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Novel Outlook

Luke 3:1-22 Baptism of Jesus

John the Baptist challenges a culture that has become greedy and complacent. The alternative vision is a compassionate society. The Messiah was to come with a winnowing fork-a distinction between the world's way and God's way. Isaiah had declared that the crooked ways will be made straight. This is a counter-cultural Jesus, offering people a radically different way to look at life. Where do you see our world in need of a "new outlook"?

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Temple -- where we find our purpose and are affirmed

Psalm 148 Praise for God's Universal Glory
Luke 2:41-52 Jesus in the Temple

 Things have quieted down, the festivities have ended, visitors are heading home, and Jesus cannot be found. Mary and Joseph become frantic when they realize that Jesus is missing. When they finally find Jesus in the temple, Mary reprimands Jesus for making them worry and his response is less then charitable. He asks his parents, "Why were you searching for me? Did you know know that I must be in my Father's house?" clearly implying that this Mary's issue not his. For Jesus the temple was his home. Do we see the temple as our home too?

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