Cycle of Blessings

Luke 12:13-21 13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of … More Cycle of Blessings

Counting the Cost

Luke 14:25-33 25 Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, 26 “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot … More Counting the Cost

Training Wheels

Luke 14:1, 7-14 1 On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. 7 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. 8 “When you are invited by … More Training Wheels

The Urgent Call

Luke 9:51-62 51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53 but they did not receive him, because his face … More The Urgent Call

Triune Mystery

Over the past few weeks we have celebrated two very important festival days in the church year.  Two weeks ago, we celebrated Ascension Sunday, when Jesus rose into heaven.  That, in turn, made it possible for the Holy Spirit to enter into the world, which we celebrated last week on Pentecost.  And today we celebrate … More Triune Mystery