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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."

 


Past Sermons

Self-Made Christians? Not really a thing. Sunday July 22, 2018

Self-Made Christians? Not really a thing. Sunday July 22, 2018

People like the idea of self-made fortunes, but that is not really based in reality. In the end everyone needs support, encouragement and help from someone. This is also true for our lives of faith. There are no self-made Christians. All the followers of Jesus have been given the gift of faith as it comes to them passed from one generation to the next.

This is actually a great strength of the faith because it grounds us in relationships; with one another and with God.

Seeing beyond fear…A Sermon for Sunday July 15, 2018

Seeing beyond fear…A Sermon for Sunday July 15, 2018

Herod is fearful of losing face. Everyone is fearful of Herod. With so much fear in the gospel and so much fear in our world, how do Christians, followers of Jesus respond?

In the boat with Jesus. Sermon for Sunday June 24, 2018

In the boat with Jesus. Sermon for Sunday June 24, 2018

When you are on the boat with Jesus you can be sure he will send you across to the other side. There you will encounter strangers. As followers of Jesus we know we are called to care for widows, orphans, refugees and the vulnerable. We are people of Faith, not fear.

Who is in your family? Sermon for Sunday June 10, 2018

Who is in your family? Sermon for Sunday June 10, 2018

We can learn from the faithfulness of people around us. I am consistently humbled by the faithfulness of our Muslim sisters and brothers as they fast from Sunrise to sunset throughout the month of Ramadan. I am glad my children can learn from their witness.

We are also blessed with the extended family of God’s people. We are connected not just by blood, but by water, the water of Baptism. This is a holy gift.

Jesus and his Public Protests: Sunday June 3, 2018

Jesus and his Public Protests: Sunday June 3, 2018

Right from the start of Mark’s gospel Jesus chooses to provoke the Pharisees by violating rules against working on the sabbath. This is no accident. Jesus wants to make it clear the God’s kingdom is breaking into this world and there will be no waiting for the hungry to be fed or the broken to be restored to community.

And Jesus won’t let us wait either.

 

How can you be born from above?

How can you be born from above?

Jesus tells Nicodemus he must be born from above. If there is one thing we know for certain about birth it is this: Being born happens to you. Like it or not you cannot choose to be born and you cannot choose your parents.

God chooses us and chooses to bring us to new birth through the gift of baptism.

Being the People Jesus Prayers For Sunday May 13, 2018

Being the People Jesus Prayers For Sunday May 13, 2018

At first bring the people Jesus prays for sounds like a wonderful thing. But not so fast. When you step back and consider the implications it really does complicate life.

Thanks be to God that Jesus never abandons us, even as we like Peter deny him.

Pentecost Sunday May 20 2018: The Spirit is still at work!

Pentecost Sunday May 20 2018: The Spirit is still at work!

Pentecost is not just something that happened in the past. The story of Pentecost continues every day as God’s Spirit speaks to us in the language we can understand and leads us towards the work of justice and peace.

Confirmation Sunday for the Friends of Jesus May 6 2018

Confirmation Sunday for the Friends of Jesus May 6 2018

Jesus invites us to be friends. This means caring about the things he cares about. This means striving for justice and peace in all the earth. It means loving God and loving our neighbor, even when it turns out our neighbor is a dirty rotten bum.

This is  a day when our young people affirm their faith. This is the promise: We are the people God loves, and we get to live in, with and under that love.

 

Easter Sunday April 1, 2018 And Peter…

Easter Sunday April 1, 2018 And Peter…

Jesus is not only the one who suffers with us, but he is the one who redeems our suffering. Jesus is the one who can and does bring life in the face of death. He did this for Peter, the denier, when Peter is singled out among the disciples. In the same way it could just as easily be your name there.

Thanks be to God for those saints we encounter who help us see the good news and the hope of the resurrection in our lives every day.

 

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