Jesus died for me. Do you agree? Say it aloud with me: “Jesus died for me!” It’s wonderful! It’s comforting! I’ve heard it all my life. But there is a problem with this statement. Wait! What do you just say pastor?!? There is a problem. You see, this statement stops. It stops way too short. We say “Jesus died for me” as if that is all Jesus did. And the truth is this: Jesus died for so much more than you or me. Now, I am beyond grateful that Jesus died for......
I love Palm Sunday: the colors, the branches and waving them, the songs, the joy and praise, the shouting “Hosanna!” It’s one of my favorite Sundays all year long! Palm Sunday is pretty amazing for alot of reasons and it really should grab our attentino every year. After all it’s this big theatrical parade of protest! Yeah, that’s right. Jesus and his followers are protesting the Roman Government and it’s oppressive actions by having a parade where Jesus sits in the place of Caesar! It would be like having an inauguration party......
Think on these words as you hear the words of Isaiah and Luke: Belonging and Becoming. Isaiah 43:1-7 f Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. The people were filled with expectation, and everyone wondered whether John might be the Christ. John replied to them all, “I baptize you with water, but the one who is more powerful than me is......
See if you can guess this movie: The main characters are fleeing from a western duel with Buford Tannen. The Doc is caught and about to be killed. But this gives his friend an opportunity to escape… despite the fact that he struggles to walk away from folks who goad him into competitions. The doc knowing all this yells, “Forget about me, Marty. Save yourself!” Got a guess yet? If not keep reading! Well, Marty doesn’t forget about him. But instead of being goaded into the competition, he picks up a piece......