The Gift of "Now" (Luke 13:1-9)

The Gift of "Now" (Luke 13:1-9)

“Now” is a gift given to the tree (and to us) to take note of what the divine Vine-Dresser has done on our behalf. “Now” is an opportunity to draw on the gift of Life only Jesus can give. The grace period is short. The call is imminent. But the Jubilee Year Jesus came to proclaim would be one of forgiveness, restoration and second chances (4:19).

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Never Invisible (Mark 12:38-44)

Never Invisible (Mark 12:38-44)

These are busy days at Trinity. As I write this, Little Sonbeams Christian Preschool is celebrating Thanksgiving Feast Week. What a great opportunity to hang out with our preschool kids and their families…giving thanks for one another and for whatever else comes to mind! Then, this Sunday we take a moment to remember how God has made us stewards over all that we have (time, abilities, material possessions) and to pledge a portion of that for carrying out God’s mission together. Later that same evening, we welcome our WARM guests and settle in for a week of meals together, conversation with new friends, and opportunities for service. We are all people who love to be noticed for our busy-ness and generosity, but that, of course, is not what this is about. Our text this week reminds us that even when we appear to be at the very limits of what we are able to give (like the impoverished widow of our text), Jesus sees and cares for us.

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Grace and the Single Christian (1 Cor 7:29-35)

Grace and the Single Christian (1 Cor 7:29-35)

Jesus’ arrival in our lives means that every variety of love we experience now…as wonderful as it can be…is not all there is. Let’s all accept one another (and ourselves) for whatever status God has in mind for us for our present season of life. Married…or not…we rejoice that we are disciples of one who calls us into community as brothers and sisters of the Son of the living God.    

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