Remember Our Place

Too often when it comes to how we view creation, we act like the fool of Psalm 14 and the self-righteous man in Luke 18 who see no need for God. We need to remember we are to be stewards of creation, caring for it with the same love God shows us. We need to remember we are sinners and need to repent of our wasteful and abusive behavior towards creation. When we do, God rejoices and helps us return to wiser ways of living.


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David Smith
We Are Connected

Psalm 1: The righteous are grounded in God's will and connected through God to one another. We are also connected with each other through God's creation. Our connections in the body of Christ and in creation call us to seek justice and righteousness. Our choices and lifestyles must include care for creation and wise use of its resources.

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The Blessings of Creation

The righteous understand with humility that anything they have are blessings of creation. These are not had without hard work, both from themselves and others. Love of the commandments lead them to respect for Sabbath and generosity for the poor. We learn from their example that all the blessings of creation are for sharing. We should work to preserve these for future generations and help those who are suffering from the consequences of our misuse of creation.

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Lifting Burdens

Isaiah 58: 9b-14 and Luke 13:10-17 Jesus healed a woman who had been for 18 years - she could not stand up straight. We can follow Jesus' example by noticing suffering, speaking healing words, and touching those who are burdened, helping them lift their burdens. When we do this we will be blessed by the great joy that ensues.

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Unfailing Treasure

Luke 12:32-40 "Do not be afraid," says Jesus. We need not fear his return - he comes to prepare a feast for servants who are ready and to give them unfailing treasure . How can we be ready and how can we face the fears and anxieties of the world? By sharing our material blessings and by sharing the unfailing values of God's reign.

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Freed to Give

Luke 12:13-21 The rich landowner experienced a blessing. Rather than sharing he hoarded it. God frees us from greed and the accumulation of possessions so we can share with others.


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Freed to Pray

Luke 11:1-13 The Lord's Prayer provides a model for prayer. We are all freed to talk to God. In prayer, we praise, we plea for justice, we focus on real and basic needs, we are forgiven and learn forgiveness, we ask God to protect us when we are tempted.


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Freed to Learn

Luke 10:3-42 At particular moments Jesus offers us the freedom to be relieved from the tasks of life so we can sit at his feet and learn. Sundays are such a time. Mary choose to do this and heard Jesus' teaching.


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Freed to Care for Others

Luke 10:25-37 In his telling of the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus shows we are freed from any restrictions on to whom we can be a neighbor. He also shows kindness can come from the most unexpected persons.


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Freed to Grow

Galatians 6:1-16 One of the ways we can grow as disciples is by showing one another love and gentleness when we encounter sins in each other’s life.


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Freed to Love

Galatians 5:1, 13-25 We are given freedom to serve one another in love. Many sins destroy us and community. God seeks instead to grow fruit in our lives that will feed us and others in the church.


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Freed!

Galatians 3:23-29 and Luke 8:6-39 We have been freed but do we understand the depth. Our encounter with the man from the tombs shows we are freed from our sins, from pain caused by the sins of others, and from the setbacks we bear beyond anyone's control. Christ also came to bring transformation and freedom to our culture. This change takes time and requires us to repent and struggle.

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David Smith