How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?

Two themes dominate this week’s passage from Mark’s gospel. The first is the humanity of the disciples and Jesus’ grace in the face of that humanity. We have all experienced school-age squabbles over who will be first in line. In fact, we may be embarrassed to...
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Stay Open to God

Mark 8:27-38 27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 He asked the...
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Growing into the Fullness of God’s Love

Jesus was fully God and fully human. However, our common understanding of Jesus skews heavily to ‘fully God,’ often ignoring his humanity. This week’s passage from Mark brings that humanity into the foreground. In one interpretation of His exchange with the...
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In the Service of Love

This week, the Faith in Real Life groups discussed the place of traditions in our lives. In this passage from Mark’s gospel, the Pharisees challenge Jesus on his loyalty to the Jewish traditions and faith. In his response, Jesus elevates the spirit of the law over the...
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Stand Firm: Proclaim the Gospel of Peace

Ephesians 6:10-20 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against...
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The Wisdom of God is Foolishness to the World

Ephesians 5:15-20 15 Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be...
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Words Matter

This week, Faith in Real Life discussed the fourth chapter of Ephesians, in which Paul encourages the church to live with grace and bear with one another when angry. We are reminded that if our identities are safe with God we do not have to take anything personally. ...
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In the Good Times and the Bad

Physical hunger and spiritual hunger. Jesus nourished both in His ministry on Earth and both appear in this week’s passage from John’s gospel. Often, we become consumed by the urgency of acute needs, like where or when we will next eat. These acute needs can impact...
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Do What You Can With What You Have

This week, Faith in Real Life discussed John’s accounting of the feeding of the five thousand and Jesus walking on the water to the disciples. It can be easy for us to focus on the miraculous aspects of the literal interpretation of the story. There were five thousand...
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Living in God’s Promises

At times, words of comfort can still be challenging. Such is the case with this week’s passage from Isaiah. Isaiah’s words remind us that we are ‘redeemed’ by God and that we are called by name. We are reminded that God will be with us when we pass through...
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