Posts made in November, 2017

I am ready

Ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. What do you think it means to labor for the Lord’s harvest?   Is Jesus talking only about the “harvest” at the end of time? Probably not. Some people have suggested that Luke was a doctor; others say he was a painter.   Either way, he was surely a traveling missionary with St. Paul.   As he went from town to town preaching the gospel, Luke saw many people experience the kingdom...

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A Pharisee invited him to dine

A Pharisee invited him to dine.  One day, a mother of two was preparing chicken for dinner.   As she trimmed the fat from the meat, a thought passed through her mind.   She felt as if the Lord was telling her, “Sandra, this is what I am doing in your life—trimming away the things that distract you from me.”   It seemed a little silly, but the message stayed with her.   Years later, when she shared the story with a group of parishioners, people...

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Open My Heart

Paul . . . called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God.  St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans has long been recognized as a theological masterpiece, but that fact can make it seem awfully intimidating.   So as we explore Romans over the next few weeks, let’s approach it as an actual letter written by a real person and not as a theological, religious treatise. Paul wrote Romans while he was in Corinth, probably in AD 57 or 58.   He...

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Help Me to Follow You

How is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?  According to Jesus’ parable, some who were invited to the wedding banquet said no.   They were too busy.   And it seems that one man who did show up hadn’t come to honor the king’s son.   He came without the proper wedding garment.   He came to partake of the royal feast, but with a less-than-royal purpose. In Scripture, the image of a wedding garment is used to represent the essential...

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