Asleep at the Wheel Mark 4:35-41 Jesus is still early on in his ministry at this point in the Gospel, yet in spite of his being the new kid on the block, he is already drawing enormous crowds. When Jesus began teaching earlier that morning, he stood on the shore. Yet the crowd swelled so […]
This eleventh day of a new year is good time to think about beginnings. There is plenty of chaos that surrounds us, threatens us, and frightens us. Yet, we find hope and power in the promises of creation and baptism.
In Christ, you are liberated from “I can’t” with the promise that God will equip you and empower you for the work that is before you. In Christ, you are set free from “you shouldn’t” with the promise that grace not only abounds but it also expands like a mustard seed into a tree or yeast into a loaf of bread. Where grace is at work, the kingdom of God grows strong.
True religion is not just about holy days and a holy place; it’s about every day and every place and every person.
When we cross the line, we can become sources of God’s abundant provision, signs of God’s compassionate presence, and channels of God’s live-giving power. When we cross the line, we might even find new measures of God’s provision, compassion, and power at work in our very own lives.
In the church, we need to spend less time debating the issues of our day and more time loving the people these debates impact most directly. We must never let our words get in front of our love.