midweek musings

Musings 5-27

During this time of the COVID-19 outbreak I have spent a lot of my sermon preparation looking at stories of other folks and how they endured crises. In fact, this has been one of the things I have encouraged each of you to do this as well - to look for stories from people you know, from others you find out about, and from your own lives as a way of sustaining you during these times. Recently I came across the story of Loung Ung, a Cambodian-born American human-rights activist and lecturer. She is the national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World. Maybe a few of you already know of Loung’s great work; but I did not. I discovered the following about her.. Loung was born i

Musing 5-20-2020

Luke 18:18-30 A certain ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother.’” He replied, “I have kept all these since my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” But when he heard this, he became sad; for he was very rich. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for th

Midweek Musings 5/13/2020

The Parable of the Good Samaritan as told in Luke 10 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They


Proverbs 2:1-2 (ESV) My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, make your ear attentive to wisdom and incline your heart to understanding. James 1:19 (NIV) My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. Philippians 2:1-4 The Message (MSG) If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk y


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