Through the four Sundays of August, we will hear God:
1.Give caution, instruction, and encouragement for all who are occasionally overwhelmed by the “unhappy business” of life. Jesus urges us to take care and be on guard against all kinds of greed. We understand Baptism as the beginning of our journey with Christ – focused on God’s will and not distracted by everything that flies at us in this world.
Jesus says: Be on guard against greed; be rich toward God, your treasure.
2. God pleads with us and offers us His Kingdom/His perfect world. God kept His promise to Abraham, the early church, and He still keeps His promise to our “little flock” today. We must trust God and accept the gift. It is sad when folks do not trust and walk away from the gift. It requires us to step out in faith on this journey with God.
3. God challenges us on this journey. Sell all you have. God gives you treasures in heaven. How should we do this and care for ourselves and our families as God would have us do?
4. God will challenge us. The word of God is a refining fire. Jesus is the great divide in human history. He invites our undivided attention and devotion. Today, in the assembly, we are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses”. In the word and in the Holy Communion, we are invited yet again to look to Jesus, “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith”.
This last Sunday of August is all about the theology of sanctification. What is sanctification? In the words of Dr. Mark Allen Powell, “Jesus will change you!” We are saved by grace and when we truly accept that gift, we follow Christ and trust in Christ!
God’s word is like fire, like a hammer that breaks rocks.
None of us has such a thick shell around us that God cannot penetrate that barrier. God can operate on all of us!
Finally, remember the Sabbath day. Call the Sabbath a delight. This is the Lord’s day, and the Lord will do for us what the Lord does: feed us, forgive us, help, and heal us. Rejoice at all the wonderful things God is doing.
Do not trample the Sabbath, but feed the hungry.
Still, Jesus heals a crippled woman on the Sabbath and is condemned.
How do we gracefully reveal Christ and work together with Christ to change this world when we are condemned for following Christ? Let’s walk this journey together and be changed.
New Photo Directory…Living Lord photo sessions for an updated pictorial directory will be September 9 and 10. More details and scheduling to come!
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