Deacon Blog

March 2016

Mar 31

Open Our Hearts and Minds

We all love to have our minds stretched in new directions.  There are few things more exciting than listen­ing to someone who can open up new horizons in our understanding, like a good teacher, bringing new concepts and learnings to us that we hadn't considered before.  This is one way to describe how the apostles must have felt...
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Mar 28

When You Come to the Intersection, Trust

When we speak of faith in God, it’s pretty hard not to engage in a discussion about trust. The history of salvation began with a breakdown of trust, and that trust has been repaired and sustained by the willing suffering of Jesus on the Cross! We reveal our own trust in God by how we respond when we are confronted by our crosses, those...
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Mar 28

Two Responses to Suffering

Luke 23:39-43 39 Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” 40The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? 41And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received...
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Mar 12

Condemnation Causes Isolation

If each of us would profess to having, as a goal, to grow in our understanding of Jesus and growing in our faith, from that should come a compulsion (being compelled) to delve into the Gospels in new and dynamic ways. Delving into the Gospels helps us not only to feel Jesus’ presence with us here today, but we also find them to be an...
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Mar 10

Cooperate with the Scriptures

There was a study that was done back when high definition televisions first came out that said that almost half of the people who thought that they are watching HDTV were not!  I’m imagining back then friends saying to other friends, "Come on over to my house to see the Super Bowl on my new HDTV (after all, it was clearly marked...
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Mar 3

No Off Switch

The profound statement that we just heard from Jesus, "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters" leaves no doubt for us on our Lenten journey today.  There is no neutral ground.  We make no progress on our journey when one of our feet is on the path of holiness and the other foot is...
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