Source: March 13- Day 13 of Lent
Thank God for this resounding confirmation!
Let us (lettuce) indeed, thx Scott.
So much of today’s mantra is “I have to be myself” or “I was born this way”. This thinking is often used as a justification to live a life contrary to God’s standard. The focus is not God-ward but self focused. This is especially disturbing when those who profess to be Christians use this kind of rationale.
The Bible tells us that we have been crucified with Christ and that, we no longer live, but Christ lives in us! The life we now live in the flesh we live by faith in the Son of God, who loved us and gave himself for us. (Gal. 2: 20)
Jesus tells us to deny ourselves and to pick up our cross and follow him! (Matt. 16: 24)
These two verses among many others speak volumes about the transformation in our lives. We go from darkness to light, from aliens to citizens and…
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I did, with my own sins.
March 29 “Who Killed Jesus” Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 15:1-47
Who killed Jesus? That is the question that is raised, and many of have used the answer to persecute the Jews. But the reality is the imperial system of Rome which forced Pilate into cooperation with Caiaphas who entered into am alliance to sacrifice innocent lives to maintain its rule. The historical imperial system and its thirst for power was the historical reason for Jesus being crucified.
Today it is the imperial system that continues to crucify Jesus–to maintain the status quo of the capitalist form of an economy that keeps people in poverty, the country at war, and people going hungry without housing and health care–all of us have blood on our hands:
1. 1 in 4 people go hungry in San Francisco alone–other places more–people hang outside our nice restaurants and we walk by, smiling, laughing–and let them starve;
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God, the Lord Jesus (also God), and the Holy Spirit – three in one, do. Do you, do we, the priviliged “race” in this once great land?
“Who Gives A Fuck?”
Fourth Week of Lent–March 15-21
JESUS IS LIFTED UP FOR OUR SALVATION
Numbers 21:4-9, Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21
O God, you lift up your Son Jesus on the cross so that the whole world might be saved. Sustained by your steadfast love, may we not grow weary in seeking an end to hunger.
Go to the Food Bank; go to the internet and look up “Hunger in America”; Study hunger in your local area this week. One in Four people go to bed hungry in San Francisco–one of the two wealthiest cities in the United States.
Tonight as I sit at my desk I look at the photos of Rio, Zach, Dustin, and so many others for whom I have conducted memorial services through the years. . I am often asked if it gets to me, I pass it off…
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