“Obsession with Greatness”

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Mark 9:30-37 30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise […]

“Good Theology”

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Psalm 146 Praise for God’s Help 1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live;     I will sing praises to my God all my life long. 3 Do not put your trust in princes,     in mortals, in whom there is no help. 4 When their breath departs, […]

“Be Doers of the Word”

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James 1:17-27 (NRSV) 17 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.18 In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first […]

“Walking the Line”

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John 6:56-71 (NRSV) 56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which […]

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Compassion”

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Matthew 9:35-38(NRSV) The Harvest Is Great, the Laborers Few 35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep […]

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor? I Like You Just As You Are”

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Luke 17:12-16 (NRSV) 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13 they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15 Then one of […]

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Courage”

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Exodus 1:1-2:10 (NRSV) 1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his household: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5 The total number of people born to Jacob was seventy. Joseph was already […]

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Enough”

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Genesis 26:12-33 (NRSV) 12 Isaac sowed seed in that land, and in the same year reaped a hundredfold. TheLord blessed him, 13 and the man became rich; he prospered more and more until he became very wealthy. 14 He had possessions of flocks and herds, and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him. 15 (Now the Philistines […]

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Love”

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Luke 10:25-37  NRSV    25  Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, […]