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Reigning with Christ

But how will you govern a world
When you cannot govern your own body?

How will you govern nations with Christ 
When you cannot govern your own tongue?

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The Feast of Saint Luke

It really does not matter that God is love if God’s people are indifferent. It really does not matter what God wants to happen in the world if God’s people do not want it. The harvest is huge, and the workers are few, so pray to the Lord of the harvest to make what we want the same as what God wants. Then, and only then, will the world see the power of God, which is the power of love – because the Holy Spirit is the spirit and power of love.

Give A Man A Fish And He Eats. Teach A Man To Fish Blah, Blah, Blah…

There are two rationalizations that I find particularly bothersome. The first is: “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.” The second rationale I find particularly troubling.: It goes along the lines of “Don’t give money to a beggar because they’ll only spend it on drugs (or booze).”

The problem with this is it sounds like wisdom, and it convinces us that we are actually helping the person by not giving to them.

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Kill Your Expectations. Crucify Your Wants

The scene is that Peter just declared that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus tells him not to tell anyone that. Jesus then immediately begins to teach that he is going to die. Peter gets upset and chastises Jesus for saying that he would die. Jesus then rebukes Peter and says that he is behaving like an enemy and is out of line. And to put the exclamation point on the sentence, he then says the words above.

MATTHEW 25:45

A Christian died in the streets of Boston,
     He had no home to rest his weary head.
Being more like Christ than all the lost ones
         Who securely dwell in stately homes,
         He lived on the streets through which he roamed,
     And by god’s hand, like a sparrow, was fed.

Seek First the Kingdom of God

What Jesus esssentially tells us is that what we are worrying about becomes our master, and Jesus tells us that we cannot have two masters because we will come to love one and hate the other. He tells us we cannot serve both God and money, but the money he is talking about is not simply money as it is, but money as we make it: the key to our security and our survival. Money becomes the answer to our worries — or so we think — so we seek wealth to ensure we have food and clothing and housing and medical care and all the other things we need to survive.

Canaanite Lives Matter!

This woman, who did not have much status if any in the society of the time, who was also hindered by the fact that she was a foreigner, confronted the King of the Jews and reminded him that Canaanite Lives Matter!” And Jesus, confronted by this challenge, agrees.