LIVE GOD’S WAY

Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25 11 And every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of...
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Trust in God’s Sufficiency

TRUST IN GOD’S SUFFICIENCY   Mark 12: 38-44 38 As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! 40 They...
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The Holiness of the Ordinary

Mark 12: 28-34 28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you...
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Help Us to See

When people draw lines to separate and divide others, Jesus often stands on the other side, inviting the divider to join Him. This phrase, borrowed from a DPC member, anchors this week’s blog from Faith in Real Life. We do not get to decide who is worthy of audience with...
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The Lure of Power

Mark 10: 35-45 35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right...
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God Has Claimed You–You Belong to God

“What must I DO to inherit eternal life?” the rich young ruler asks in this week’s passage from Mark’s gospel. It’s a very human question, so we innately understand what he’s asking and seldom question it. The issue with this line of thinking...
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United By Humility

The stories that begin the book of Genesis depict a human race trying to make sense of the world around them and the challenges they face. In each of these stories, the reason for calamity is the wrongdoing of one group or another. There is always a culpable party. However, if we...
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Add to the Flavors Around You

Jesus called the disciples to be like salt, which enhances the flavors of the foods around it. Too much or too little can be ruinous. This delicate balance can only be struck with careful intention. In our interpersonal relationships, being ‘salt’ takes the same...
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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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