Seek Greatness

September 22, 2018

    How does the world define greatness? Fame, fortune, athletic ability? But, how does Jesus define greatness? As you might guess, he doesn't follow the world's definition!

   Gospel reading:  Mark 9:30-37

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Seek to ID Jesus

September 14, 2018

Who is this Jesus?  How to you describe or define him?  Peter thinks he is on the right track when he describes Jesus as the Messiah.  But he quickly discovers that his definition of what the Messiah is to do and be doesn't match with what Jesus has in mind. 
Gospel reading:  Mark 8:27-38

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Seek to Rest

September 7, 2018

     How do you react to things when you're exhausted?  This passage from Mark gives us insight into Jesus' human and divine nature. 
Gospel reading:  Mark 7:24-37

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Seek what is of God

August 31, 2018

Mark's gospel portrays Jesus as challenging traditional ways in which religious people determine what is pure or impure.   For Jesus, faithfully following religious practices cannot become a substitute for godly words or deeds that spring from a faithful heart. 
Gospel reading:  Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-2

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Seek the Words of Eternal Life

August 24, 2018

The crowd that has been following Jesus has become more and more offended and agitated as Jesus has talked about his role as the bread of life.  With today's text, most of the crowd turns and walks away.  Jesus asks the 12 disciples if they too want to leave Jesus.  Peter replies, "Of course not, where else can we go?  You have the words of eternal life".  When we have questions, and our doubts arise, Peter's words can reaffirm our wavering faith. 
Gospel reading:  John 6:56-69

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Seek the living bread

August 17, 2018

Ever heard the saying, "You are what you eat"?  Jesus reminds us that he is the true "bread of life".  While the crowds question what this means, we Christians draw near to Jesus as he meets us in the bread and wine of his Holy Supper. 
Gospel reading:  John 6:51-58

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Seek the food that truly satisfies

August 3, 2018

  Have you ever noticed that even the biggest meal doesn't keep you full forever?  Some snakes and other creatures can eat just once a month--but not us!  Having just the a crowd of people, Jesus talks to them about what they're really searching for--something to fill up the emptiness inside their spirit--not just their stomach. 
Gospel reading:  John 6:24-35 

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Seek to feed a multitude

July 27, 2018

     Jesus offers a free meal--with the help of a boy who has 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish--to thousands.  When have you last been fed?
 Gospel reading:  John 6:1-21

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Seek to empathize

July 20, 2018

  Compassion, empathy...these qualities are a part of what it means to be human.  Jesus has them in abundance, as he encounters ordinary folks beside the lake.
   Gospel reading: Mark 6:30-34

 
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Seek to tell the truth

July 13, 2018

Telling the truth can be a difficult task, especially when the hearer is not receptive.  John the Baptist's commitment to truth leads to his death.  Would we be as strong, as committed?
Gospel reading:  John 6:14-29

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