Seek to become generous

November 9, 2018

 Have you ever given your very last bit of food away?  How about your very last pennies?  In today's readings, two different widows, separated by many hundreds of years, do just that.  Given their example, how can we be less than generous?

Bible readings:  1 Kings 17:8-16, Mark 12:41-44
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Seek to join Isaiah’s feast

November 2, 2018

How do you imagine heaven? The Old Testament prophet Isaiah speaks of a feast, a banquet, of delicious things spread out for all...and there's still more...the end of tears and death itself. Pretty amazing, isn't it!! This is our future.
Bible reading: Isaiah 25:6-9

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Seek God, our refuge and strength

October 26, 2018

Psalm 46 reminds us that, in all times, God is with us, a refuge and strength. These words spoke clearly to Martin Luther almost 500 years ago as he struggled with critiquing the church of his day. Even now, the words of the Psalmist speak to us too, reminding us, that in all times, God is with us, ready to embrace us and to be our strong rock.

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Seek to give it all away

October 12, 2018

Our culture bombards with the message that we will find life by consuming...just look at the thousands of commercials we see and hear during a year's time. Jesus counters this message by inviting us to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.
Gospel reading: Mark 10:17-31

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Seek Community

October 6, 2018

  When and where have you felt lonely? When Adam cannot find a partner, when he is alone in the newly created world, God says that "it is not good". So what does God do? God creates a life partner, a companion for Adam.
Genesis 2:18-24

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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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