Our Lenten journey begins with Jesus tempted in the wilderness. We experience temptation too.
God is life-giving. God frees us to serve in gratitude. This service is the next chapter.
Baptism and the Affirmation of Baptism includes a minor Rite of Exorcism for removing unclean spirits that defy the Will and Kingdom of God AND draw us from God and neighbor.
We are called into repentance. This means confronting our failures, sins, and shadow-side in order to have a change in mind, heart, and life.
As I was scrolling on Facebook, I stumbled upon a post inquiring:If Jesus was without sin, why must he have been baptized? I love such questions that invite us to ponder our understanding and engage our faith. The Gospel accounts agree that Jesus’ baptism was the beginning of his public ministry. John the Baptizer was… Continue reading Why was Jesus Baptized? Why Affirm Our Own?
We have been taught to be Peace-Keepers, however we are called to be Peace-Makers.
Before we get into our texts this morning, I want to recap or highlight a couple things from our Ash Wednesday service. 1) We are now in Lent, which is a solemn time in the church year. Thus, many see it as a gloomy, depressing, or sad time. However, I love Lent… Continue reading New, but NOT Charmed, Life
YouTube Last Sunday, I talked about there being a common theme in Mark you would hear a lot this year. The theme is that the Kingdom of God has come, it is near, and it is not yet fulfilled. Mark has a second common theme that was in our passage last week, this morning, and… Continue reading Healing for Vocation
YouTube The Gospel of Mark has a theme that you will hear A LOT this year… It is that the Kingdom of God has come, its near, and yet not fulfilled. This is a theme that we get as early as the first chapter in Mark, which has been busy: Jesus was baptized. He went… Continue reading Divine Authority: Jesus and Demons
YouTube I have previously said that this Time After Epiphany is a series of God’s manifestations in Jesus as the Christ and Christ’s ministry. We see these manifestations in various, distinctive ways. Last week, we heard the story of Jesus calling Nathaniel and a few other men to be disciples. The story was not (necessarily)… Continue reading Invitation to Follow