The Problem of Half-Truths in the Wilderness (Luke 4:1-13)

The Problem of Half-Truths in the Wilderness (Luke 4:1-13)

Last Wednesday we wore the cross of Jesus in ashes on our foreheads in remembrance of the Truth that as sinners “we are dust, and to dust we shall return” (cf. Genesis 3:19). This Sunday many of us will watch as a new child of God, Rhett Russell Gagnon, receives the gift of New Life in Holy Baptism and the same image …the cross of Jesus that brings forgiveness and renewal…is traced over his forehead.

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Extraordinary (John 6:35-51)

Extraordinary (John 6:35-51)

This past week many of us heard in the news the story of an ordinary man used in an extraordinary situation. Zac Edwards and his bride Cindy were lingering for a bit after their seaside wedding taking photographs when they heard a cry for help 50 yards out. A young man had gotten a little too far out in the surf and was now fighting for his life in a rip tide.

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When Nobody Notices (Mark 10:35-45)

When Nobody Notices (Mark 10:35-45)

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once called the need to be appreciated, the need to be served, the need to be big and important "the drum major instinct." While there is nothing wrong with having ambition or wanting to be leave one's mark behind in the world, in our text for this Sunday Jesus famously invites his disciples to aspire to something better than being noticed as the leaders of the pack. "Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all" (10:44).

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Something Even Better than "My Favorite Things" (John 3:14-22)

Something Even Better than "My Favorite Things" (John 3:14-22)

Life lived looking up, life lived in the light of God is better even than distracting ourselves with our "favorite things." But living in the light of God and the forgiveness that is ours in Christ will make whiskers on kittens and schnitzel with noodles (whatever that is) even better! Let's stop looking down and keep looking up during this season of Lent, as we give thanks for God's gift of life in Christ. 

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