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Are you good enough? Sunday October 14, 2018 Mark 10:17-31

Are you good enough? We try hard to manage this text because it is so clear and so uncomfortable. in the end we rely on God's grace while we listen for God's call to sacrificial living. 

Mark 10:17-31

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 18Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: 'You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.'" 20He said to him, "Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth." 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!" 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, "Then who can be saved?" 27Jesus looked at them and said, "For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible."
28Peter began to say to him, "Look, we have left everything and followed you." 29Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age — houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions — and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first."

 


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Are you good enough? Sunday October 14, 2018 Mark 10:17-31

Are you good enough? Sunday October 14, 2018 Mark 10:17-31

Are you good enough? We try hard to manage this text because it is so clear and so uncomfortable. in the end we rely on God’s grace while we listen for God’s call to sacrificial living. 

Mark 10:17-31

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.'” 20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”
28Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age — houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions — and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

 

Called to Protect the Vulnerable: Mark 10:2-16

Called to Protect the Vulnerable: Mark 10:2-16

This gospel seems to be about divorce, but that only points us where we need to look. In. reality this text has more to say about protecting the vulnerable. This is what Jesus does and how Jesus calls his followers to live.

 

Gospel: Mark 10:2-16

Jesus announced and enacted in history the new reality of God’s surprising activity. These two stories demonstrate this new reality: Women and children are accepted and valued, not dismissed as inferior to adult men.
2Some Pharisees came, and to test [Jesus] they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
10Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

13People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

The Arc of Our Lives: Sermon for Sunday September 30, 2018

The Arc of Our Lives: Sermon for Sunday September 30, 2018

As humans we divide people we encounter into groups. Rightly or wrongly. Some of the cultural norms and divisions of the day even creep into scripture. But God has a bigger vision. One that welcomes the stranger and the other and values people for who they are. We are the people on the way. Not fully as God intended, but always moving towards compassion and grace.

Gospel reading for the day: 

Mark 9:38-50

On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus teaches his disciples about ministry that involves service and sacrifice. His disciples are slow to realize that these words apply to them as well as to others.
38John said to [Jesus,] “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40Whoever is not against us is for us. 41For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.
42“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. 43If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. 47And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, 48where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.
49“For everyone will be salted with fire. 50Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

The Heart of Christianity in Seven Words: Sermon for Sunday September 16, 2018

The Heart of Christianity in Seven Words: Sermon for Sunday September 16, 2018

A theologian once summed up the Christian message in this way: We’re all jerks. God loves us anyhow. 

It is important to listen to the voices of scholars and theologians and pastors. It is also important for you to know who God is for you. So now it is your turn. Sum up the Christian faith in seven words or less. 

 

Breaking Barriers: Sermon for Sunday September 9, 2018

Breaking Barriers: Sermon for Sunday September 9, 2018

When Jesus insults the Gentile woman in the gospel he shows us just how damaging and painful our words can be. Yet he is able to rise above the the divisions and racism of his day to bring healing to this woman and her daughter.

Unless your mother is Jewish you are a Gentile. That should humble us all, for we are only here because of God’s amazing grace. 

Practicing for when it really counts: Sunday September 2, 2018

Practicing for when it really counts: Sunday September 2, 2018

We gather for worship to practice. We practice forgiving. We practice being peacemakers. We practice seeing resurrection in our lives and in our world. We practice in worship so out there in the world when it really count we can get it right.

Hard truths and hopeful visions: A Sermon for August 26 2018

Hard truths and hopeful visions: A Sermon for August 26 2018

The world is filled with hard truths we all learn like: You can do everything right and still fail.

We turn to Jesus for words of comfort and sometimes we hear hard words from him as well: Let the dead bury the dead and more. 

Peter reminds us Jesus remind the one who has the words of eternal life. Peter helps us see this promise. This is also the promise written into the walls of Lutheran Church of the Master through the stained glass. This images of glass and stone speak the good news of resurrection to us.

You are what you eat. Sermon for Sunday August 19, 2018

You are what you eat. Sermon for Sunday August 19, 2018

In this world you have to work hard and earn your way. And if you don’t measure up, if you don’t have the right insurance or a high credit score then forget it.

God works differently, giving us Jesus because of our faults, flaws and failings. Jesus, the bread of life, so we can eat and be satisfied.

Why are you here? Sermon for Sunday August 12, 2018

Why are you here? Sermon for Sunday August 12, 2018

Why are you here? Because you are fed? Because you chose to be here? Or maybe it was because you were drawn to worship by God? We would like to think it is our idea, but maybe more significantly we are all brought to faith and brought to worship by God. This is a holy gift.

The Promise of Enough: Sermon for Sunday August 5, 2018

The Promise of Enough: Sermon for Sunday August 5, 2018

God gives us what we need, but that is not always what we want. Still, it is always enough. Even when it comes to us as manna, and we do not even really know what it is.

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