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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

Seeing the world through new eyes: Transfiguration Sunday 2018

Seeing the world through new eyes: Transfiguration Sunday 2018

Traveling in the Holy Land we visited places where Christians have been worshipping for more than 1500 years. Those places touch you and change you and help you see the world differently. Mostly what is left there are stones, ancient stones. But there are also living stones, the people of the place living there today. Encountering them, hearing their stories and the challenging realities of their lives chances you as well.

In the Transfiguration account Jesus is changed and the disciples see him in a new way. In the Holy Land our eyes were opened to see the world there in a new way as well. But you don’t have to leave home for that to happen. Open your eyes and watch, open your ears to listen, open your heart to compassion and you will be changed and the way you see the world will be changed.

What were you thinking God? Christmas Eve 2017

What were you thinking God? Christmas Eve 2017

What were you thinking God? Sending us Jesus who says things lie forgive 70 times 7 times? And what about all the ways Jesus seems silent when we need him most?

The promise though is not that we get what we want, but that we get what we need.

Finally, what we need is the gift the angels announce to the lowly shepherds: A gift of great joy to all people. And those angel messengers continue coming into our lives. They may not have wings and halos, but they do come offering comfort and gifts of love that say, “I know you and care about you.” (Which probably does not include gift cards.)

The greatest gift of all Jesus: coming to bring comfort and peace.

Maybe God did have it right all along.

 

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