Life in the Vine: Rogation Sunday

Jesus said, “I am the vine, and my father is the vinedresser.” He was using an image of growth that would have been very familiar to all who heard it to teach an important lesson about the source of our life. We can’t have life apart from Jesus just like a branch that is diconnected from the vine will wither and die. But when we stay connected, we flourish.

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The Way of Life

The idea that there is only one way to God is not a very popular one today. Some might say it is too exclusive and that it seems conceited to claim that one religion is better than another. On the other hand, you could see it as inclusive. The way of life is open to all of us but we must make a choice which way we want to go. Jesus made it clear that there weren’t any other options.

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The Comfort of the Good Shepherd

Today is Good Shepherd Sunday! When we think about shepherds, the image that comes to mind is one of guidance, provision, and protection. We can take deep comfort in knowing that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, is watching over us and protecting us. No real shepherd would lay down his life for sheep. He would do everything he could to protect them, but he wouldn’t actually lay down his life for them. Jesus goes above and beyond the call of duty. He is the perfect shepherd, far better than any human shepherd could be. He laid down his life for each one of us to rescue us.

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Hope for the Hopeless

Situations that seem bleak are often just around the corner from the glory of God. As two disciples walk along the road to Emmaus, they had heard rumors of the Resurrection, but they weren’t convinced and they felt confused and hopeless. Jesus reveals himself through the Scriptures and the breaking of bread to open their eyes to his glory. In the midst of our hopelessness, we can trust that God will never leave us or forsake us.

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Believing Without Seeing

It is a part of our human nature to desire tangible assurances. In the Old Testament the work of God is often accompanied by signs. Similarly, throughout the ministry of Jesus people frequently asked for signs. God knows this about us, and he is often gracious enough to give them. But how can we believe when we can’t see?

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Responding to the Resurrection

How do we respond to the offer of new life given through the Resurrection of Jesus? For ages Christians have used the language of “turning” to talk about putting our faith in Christ. To receive the new life he offers, we need to turn our backs on all the sources of temptation and set out hearts on Christ. This is what we mean by the word “Repentance.”

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Our Rescuer

2020-04-05 – Year A – Palm SundayMatthew 21:1-11; Philippians 2:5-11; Psalm 22:1-11; Matthew 27:1-54 Today we are confronted with two stories that don’t seem to make sense together.  The triumphal…

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Panic or Prudence

P2020-03-14 – Year A – Lent 3 – The Rev. Christopher M. KlukasPsalm 91; 1 Kings 8:22-23, 37-40; 1 John 4:7-21(Lessons are not from the lectionary so as to respond…

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