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Gabriel told Mary she would become pregnant without a man. It didn’t make sense, but she went with it.
An angel told Joseph that what happened was from God. It didn’t make sense, but he went with it.
Our own faith life doesn’t always make sense – particularly if you’re trying to logically analyze how things work. Don’t do that.
Faith Doesn’t Always Make Sense (Matt 1), 12/18/2016
In the parable of the widow and the unjust judge (Luke 18), we can get hung up on details that aren’t in the message:
Neither of these is a good reading of the parable and the lesson it contains. Listen for more…
When Jesus’ disciples asked him to increase their faith, he told them their faith was enough. Then he launched into a parable about a servant doing what he’s told to do. We looked at what we’re telling our faith to do, and how we can put our faith to work for us.
I gave this message at Out to the Nations Conference in Asheville NC on April 15, 2016.
1 John 3:2 says “Beloved, now we are children of God”… but often we don’t think like it, believe it, or act like it. 1 John contains the word Father 12 times and Children 13 times.
We are first and foremost beloved children of God – we will never be less than that.
Don’t get hung up on the cross. Remember that we live by the resurrection – me
The cross was a means to an end. The cross gave us forgiveness, but it’s the resurrection that gave us life.
As we celebrate Easter, let’s appreciate the cross, be grateful for the cross, but remember the empty tomb, remember the resurrection, remember the eternal life we’ve been given.
Two of our readings today spoke of plants – the Gospel reading about an unproductive fig tree, and the first reading about Moses and the burning bush. The lesson we can look for in this is that as believers, we don’t need to be looking for the scolding, but look for our identity as Sons and Daughters of God by way of Jesus Christ.
Immediately after Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended on Him, and the Father said “You’re my beloved Son, and you please me”, he was led – or sent – into the desert to be tempted.
Jesus was tempted with food, power, and to go against what God instructed him to do. He came through just fine. We can learn three lessons from this:
In Luke 5, we can watch Peter’s transformation – from an acquaintance to a skeptic, from a skeptic to a fearful man, and from a fearful man to an invited disciple. On our way from being converts to being disciples, we have to bridge some of the same gaps.