Year A, Lectionary 151
How much different is our Christian portrayal to others than our actual inner thoughts, feelings and heart? Does our outward actions accurately show what is inside of us? Let us lead others to Christ by our way of living that authentically reflects our inner self that is at work serving Jesus.
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“This is what the Lord longs for each and every one of you. Bring your hearts to this table today, bring your successes but bring your failures too. Bring your B+ paper but bring your C+ paper too and place it all on this altar and watch what the Lord will do for you. Watch the Lord exult you.”
“The kind of leaders Jesus wants the disciples to be are diákonos, servants of everyone else, not people who exalt themselves over everyone else like the scribes and the Pharisees. He wants them not to be spiritually prideful but to be spiritually humble”
“As I learned, focusing only on oneself and the opinion of others makes for a painful and lonely existence. So Jesus directs us to make God the center of our lives. Centering God in our lives turns us outward, it connects us to the world and reminds us that we all need each other.”
“repentance is not a punitive act but a process of revival and a renewal”
“We are praying to the one God, the God of Heaven and Earth, the only one who made the universe, the stars, the sun and the moon. That's the God we pray for and we are all God's children.”
“If we are full of God's mercy and God's grace then there is no room for hatred. There is no room for oppression. There is no room for the atrocities that continue to befall us.”
“when the world's coming at you and you realize that you got God on your side can't nothing in this world touch you”
“Christian humility must seek to liberate the oppressed, heal wounds of violence and hatred, and bring hope, reconciliation, justice, peace, and equality for all, regardless of race, status, or religion. In this way we honor God.”
“It’s about what you do when no one’s looking, what you fill your heart with, and therefore choosing to do things the right way anyway, to look to God first and foremost, showing our faith by our example, living life by Christ’s example, and really practicing what we preach”
"we're not immune to tragic events or to illness or to anything. We just have a different, I guess, we just have a different way of approaching it and that's through the lens of faith."
In the latest episode of the 1 Christian 1 Topic Podcast "Faith Amidst Tragedy," we have a conversation with Liz on faith, suffering, and prayer. More