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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 12:49-46
10 mins 54 secs
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This week’s readings are not for the faint of heart, but are a reminder that following Christ is not fluffy and soft. In Jeremiah, God calls false prophets onto the carpet. In Psalms, God puts false gods on notice. In Hebrews, the author lists the hardships and faith of the heroes of Israel, and calls on the current generation to live up to that standard. In Luke, Jesus speaks of his crucifixion in terms of fire and baptism, and says he came not to bring peace, but division. So we are called to wake up and realize what times we live in, and what we are called to do.
In this week’s Gospel, we are called to live lives of expectation and peace. We rest in the knowledge of God’s love for us, but also are asked to live with our sandals on and our gas tanks full. Life as we know it is not static; neither locally nor cosmically, and what we see here and now is a small part of our whole life. Likewise, this physical Earth is a small part of the spiritual reality around us, and is not our homeland. So what does it look like to live with that type of expectant, hopeful, faith?
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 12:13-21
11 mins 32 secs
Views: 80
In this week’s gospel Jesus warns that our lives are not to be about gathering wealth. Life is so much more than the abundance of possessions. Jesus tell the Parable of the Rich Fool, a man who who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God. We are not to devote our lives to the gathering and accumulation of wealth. if money is our master, that means God is not (Matthew 6:24). When God is our master, we are blessed to be a blessing in the lives of others, and we are blessed to build the kingdom of God.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 10:38-42
14 mins 58 secs
Views: 81
This week’s Gospel and Epistle readings are continuations of last week’s readings and are both fascinating. Our Gospel is the story of Martha, Mary, the problem of overwhelming distractions and anxiety, and the solution of singular focus, in contrast to last week’s gospel of being ready to be of service at any time to those in need. It is a Gospel for all who would be disciples of Jesus. In Colossians we read : “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” Here also we have Paul’s statement that his sufferings are making up for what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions. How do we know when we are called to difficult and sacrificial service for the sake of the Gospel, and when we have stressed and panicked ourselves by trying to give too much? The world proclaims the need for balance, but is sometimes just a way to feel guilty no matter what we do or don't do. Scripture encourages both contemplation and vigorous activity but provides a path of peace through each.
In this week’s gospel reading, Jesus sends out seventy followers to proceed him into towns he intends to visit on his way to Jerusalem. His instructions are the “what not to wear” for missionaries through out the centuries; though we haven’t always followed them. The seventy come back amazed by the power they were given and Jesus reminds them to rejoice in their place in the Kingdom, not in power; even God-given power. It is in humility and vulnerability that we face the wolves and daunting task of bringing the gospel to those who need to hear it. It is the peace of God we bring, when our face is the first version of Christ people meet. And it is in hope, not power, that we rejoice.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 7:11-17
17 mins 28 secs
Views: 72
This week in both our Gospel and our Old Testament readings, we hear of God raising a beloved son from the dead. Both times, the compassion shown is evidence against the modern absurd idea that the death of Jesus was due to some lack of parental love. Both times also, restoring life is seen as clear evidence of divine action and met with relief, rejoicing or fear. How limitless is our God and how compassionate is His hand! As we remember our weakness in the face of His power, do we respond in relief or fear? As instruments of His will, do we reach out in complacency or compassion?
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 16:12-15
15 mins 4 secs
Views: 87
For some, gazing up at the stars make them feel small; for me, considering the glory of God makes me feel small. Our readings this week make it clear: it’s not about us! …And yet, we are invited by God to share in his glory; to have dominion over the works of his hand; and by the Spirit of Truth, be guided into all truth. Come join us this Sunday as we consider and celebrate the glory, the mystery and the truth of the Trinity.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 17:20-26
16 mins 38 secs
Views: 98
In this week’s gospel, Jesus prays for his disciples and those (us) who will believe in Him through the disciples’ words, that they will be one like He and the Father are one. Living in the unity of the Holy Spirit, sharing in the intimacy of the Trinity, we can know and love God and are known and loved by God. And from that place of security, we can enter into the work of the Kingdom: loving, healing, reconciling and bringing peace into places of brokenness. This week also, we see Paul & Silas praying and singing in prison after being arrested and flogged; even in the midst of these circumstances their hearts are full of joy and confidence in their Lord. And once again, they are not wrong to have such faith.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 10:22-30
14 mins 44 secs
Views: 87
After Jesus' Resurrection his Disciples returned to Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee. Led by Peter they went fishing in the familiar waters. They caught nothing. In the morning Jesus aided them from shore. They catch an incredible number of fish and recognize that it is Jesus on shore. Jesus feeds them and Peter is restored. Jesus then tells Peter to "follow me". Life with Jesus fills our nets in ways we can never anticipate. Restoration of our relationship with God leads to amazing adventures in ministry. In this Sunday's Gospel we find the pattern of our weekly worship: Gathering together in a "Nave", getting instruction from Jesus, being fed and restored by Jesus, and finally being called to follow in ministry.
The contrast between Thomas’ doubt in our Gospel this week, and the courage of the disciple’s preaching in Acts illustrates the difference the resurrection makes. Thomas (and all the disciples) lived, listened, watch and traveled with Jesus for three years, but until they saw proof that he had risen from the dead, they were frightened, discouraged and ready to walk away. After they saw Jesus for themselves and were empowered by the Holy Spirit, they were unstoppable in spreading the Gospel. So bring your questions, wrestle with your faith, but do it in the company of Christians, in the presence of the Holy Spirit, in the context of the Word.