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From Mark's account of the resurrection, we learn that faithfulness is difficult, forgiveness is real, and fear and astonishment is a regular part of living a faithful Christian life.
We have to take the journey to the cross with Jesus and choose to lay down our lives and love others before we can truly experience Easter.
In this sermon, Jason discusses how living generously can lead to a happier, healthier, more meaningful life
President Obama's favorite philosopher is a 20th century Lutheran theologian by the name of Reinhold Niebuhr. For more than thirty years, Niebuhr was a professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, but before that, he was a preacher in Detroit, during the late teens and twenties.... One day, while walking past a Methodist Church, he looked up at the signboard and read: "Good Friday service this afternoon. Snappy song service." That day, he wrote in his diary, "So we combine the somber notes of religion with the jazz of the age. I wonder if anyone who needs a snappy song service can really appreciate the meaning of the cross. But perhaps that is just a Lutheran prejudice of mine."
God calls each of us to pray personally and enter into relationship with Him.
In John's Gospel, we hear the story of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem for the Passover festival. Some Greeks approach Philip to take them to see Jesus--whose fame is now spreading. Philip and Andrew want Jesus to meet the Greeks, but instead Jesus begins to speak cryptically about his death and about the redemption of the world. We are left with the question: do we approach Jesus as if we are a "clueless sidekick" and only know about his fame? Or do we have an understanding of the bigger picture of our role in God's redeeming grace as part of the Body of Christ?
God calls us to be people of prayer, so we can align our hearts with Him and do the mission He has called us to in reaching the world.
John 3:17 is often overshadowed by the individual power and significance of John 3:16 but these words give us great insight to Christ's purpose and our mission while on this earth: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through him. We must commit actions of love and service and do so in the name of Christ.