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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 1:1-14
10 mins 47 secs
Views: 81
This week, we celebrate the tipping point of human history. The night the world both natural and supernatural irrevocably changed. God became man and dwelt among us. The Word became incarnate and humbled himself to be human, infant, dependent, and adored. In the relentless rush of time, there was a moment when the obedience and labor of Mary, the care of Joseph, the song of angels, and adoration of shepherds all focused on the One who brings salvation, peace and true hope to the entire world.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 11:2-11
14 mins 39 secs
Views: 79
This Sunday, we are waiting. It’s the third Sunday of Advent and we are waiting both for Christmas and for the second coming of Christ. Both for a day of rejoicing with gifts and family or friends, and a time when the brokenness, suffering, poverty and injustice of this world is replaced with the joy, healing and reconciliation of God’s full redemption of the earth. And they both seem to be coming both too quickly for the work to be done in time, and too slowly. In our epistle we read: “Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.” James 5:7-8 And in our Gospel reading we have John the Baptist in prison sending emissaries to Jesus in a fit of impatience : "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" Matthew 11:3. Sometimes our expectations blind us to what God is really doing in our midst, and we need to practice the discomfort of patience while persevering in the work that is set before us.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 24:36-44
11 mins 4 secs
Views: 87
Happy Thanksgiving! In a few days we will celebrate Christian New Years otherwise known as Advent 1. We begin our new year with a celebration of our hope that Jesus will come again in glory and judgment. This age will be brought to a sudden close and the new creation will be ushered in. Justice and mercy shall reign. Suffering and pain will end and the company of saints will get their new bodies in a new creation. There will be no business as usual. Now we live awaiting a new day in the early light of dawn patiently awaiting the sun's full rise. Its time to be ready.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 21:5-19
11 mins 9 secs
Views: 81
It's time to put down our internet news, our TV remote, our radio and paper for a few minutes and pick up this week’s scripture; to take our eyes off the drama, name calling, blaming, relief, disbelief, confusion, and gloating of the election and look into the eyes of our Savior. It is possible to be hated, misunderstood, falsely accused, and mocked and still respond in love; just look at our Savior on the cross. It is possible to meet the broken, the wounded, the fearful, and the outcast, and those acting like toddlers, and bring healing, mercy and grace; just look at the life of our Savior. The drama of this election and the various reactions to it are very small in comparison to what this week’s gospel prepares us to face, and small indeed to what other Christians in the world today are facing. All of this is temporary, but it is also opportunity to practice loving those who disagree with us, in preparation for proclaiming the gospel in word and deed to others who may someday want to arrest and kill us because of His name.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 19:1-10
15 mins 35 secs
Views: 83
This week, we continue to follow Jesus towards Jerusalem into Jericho, where in the midst of thronging crowds eager to see him, Jesus chooses an outcast in a tree to have the honor of hosting him for dinner. And once again, rest of the town questions his spiritual and social discernment. But the priorities of Jesus are different than the priorities of the religious elite. He has come to seek and save the lost. And Zacchaeus is more than a caricature, he is a man whose life reflects true repentance, and an answer to the question asked after the question of the rich young ruler… “who then can be saved?
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 18:1-8
13 mins 34 secs
Views: 81
Sunday is approaching and I am still wrestling with this week’s Gospel. Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem and tells the parable of the widow and the unrighteous judge to his disciples. We are told this is a parable about the need to be persistent in prayer, but it seems to leave many questions unanswered. Our holy and loving Father is not an unrighteous judge, and yet our prayers sometimes still seem to be unheeded. He promises to give justice to his people and not long delay. Thousands of faithful Christians in Africa and Middle East are crying out to him, and yet justice in this world is intermittent at best. Are we just not persistent enough, not patient enough, or praying for the wrong outcomes? And then there is the zinger at the end… “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Where do we find the persistence of the widow, to keep praying with faithfulness?
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 17:5-10
12 mins 4 secs
Views: 170
The disciples want an increase of faith so that they might have hearts to forgive others as many as seven times a day. That’s a lot of faith. Or is it really about the quality of faith they already have. Faith is a word with many aspects. Five major ones. Belief, Trust, Hope, Perseverance, and Obedience. Jesus answers their request for an increase in faith with an invitation to increase their obedience and see themselves as servants of God. Indeed a humble heart is a heart with an ability to forgive.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 16:19-31
17 mins 12 secs
Views: 113
Our culture is consumed with the desire for more. Even as we mentally scold those who have too much, we still want more: More food, more money, more comfort, more security, more time, more vacation… even more information, more entertainment, more friends and more appreciation. These are the cultural waters we swim in, and if we are not intentionally swimming upstream, then our lives are pulled along in the current. In our readings this week we are challenged to swim upstream; to question our places of comfort, trust and security; and to embrace not the fear of insufficiency, but the provision of contentment
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 14:25-33
17 mins 56 secs
Views: 57
What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ? What is the cost? Do we get to set boundaries between what parts of our lives and selves we are willing to offer to God and other parts we keep to ourselves? In our Old Testament and Psalm this week, the overwhelming divinity and sovereignty of God is balanced by the profound intimacy of His love and knowledge of us. In our New Testament and Gospel readings we are asked to be willing to give up anything and everything else to be a disciple of Jesus, and to let the ethics and priorities of God shape our own. Living in the presence of God means being open to a life of transformation.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 14:1 & Luke 14:7-14
15 mins 38 secs
Views: 70
This week’s readings begin with an Apocrypha reading from Sirach: “The beginning of human pride is to forsake the Lord; the heart has withdrawn from its Maker.” Then a reading from Hebrews: “Let mutual love continue.” And in Luke, Jesus tells the dinner party guests to stop jostling for seats of status, instead to humble themselves, and tells the dinner party host to stop inviting his equals, but to invite the poor, the lame, and the blind. When we lose sight of who we are in the face of God, we slip into the pettiness of politics with each other; striving and competing to be more important than our neighbors, but when we remember ourselves, we can see all people with the eyes of God.