Jesus responded to Bartimaeus’ cry with healing and love, then sent him on his way, saying, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Having been healed, Bartimaeus followed Jesus on the way. Jesus offers us healing in every challenge and moment of our lives. Do we cry out to him for leading and healing? Having […]

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Jesus told his disciples, “Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant.” As followers of Jesus, we are a servant church giving our lives for others. Our Christian discipleship is in imitation of Jesus, who came not to be served, but who poured himself out upon the cross for the world. Jesus […]

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In today’s gospel, Jesus tells a rich man, “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.” Jesus is talking about “the Discipleship of Giving,” which is our stewardship of resources for Christ’s mission in the world. We […]

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Today’s gospel combines a teaching of Jesus that makes many of us uncomfortable with a story we also find comforting. Jesus’ saying on divorce is another of his rejections of human legislation in favor of the original intent of God’s law to live together in loving human community. As a model of faith and trust, […]

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Today Jesus asks his disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” Jesus describes himself as the one who invites us to deny ourselves, take up the cross and follow him. Our lives of discipleship to Jesus become our living confession of him as the Lord of our lives in service to others.

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Tom Eure and Amelia Osborne of Morning Star, Matthews, are excited to share an original song and music video specifically for use on God’s work. Our hands. Sunday—and any other time, too! The song, “Love Compels Us To,” is combined with 86 feet of artwork to make a beautiful Crankie Collaboration. It includes not only […]

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James writes that God has chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith, saying to stop showing favoritism in the assembly by treating the rich with more honor than the poor. Psalm 146 echoes this saying that God watches over the stranger, orphan and widow. Jesus models a life of faith and […]

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Peter’s confession, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life,” speaks loud and clear in today’s context. We are surrounded by words in our communities, nation and world – words of selfishness, conflict and war. In the midst of our divided world and its loyalties, Peter reminds us that only […]

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