We can make faith so very, very, very complicated. But when he was asked what was the most important commandment, Jesus answered simply: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and all your mind," and "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Fabulously straightforward! And deeply challenging.
Love God with everything that is in you, and love the people around you with the same kind of love you have for yourself.
I hope the postings on this site will help you to... Love God. Understand Yourself. Serve Others. If we can live like that, there is no telling what God can do through us!
May God bless you and yours, this day and always!
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Category Archives: Lent
Fear, Forgetfulness, & Faith
As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them … Continue reading
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The church where I serve as Senior Pastor is just a few miles south of Stoneman Douglas High School, where yesterday seventeen people were murdered, many others injured, and countless more deeply traumatized. I am heartbroken. Again. And I’m just … Continue reading
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Dreaming of Peace
[Transcript of a sermon delivered at Plantation UMC on February 11, 2018.] Peace. Up there with a cure for cancer and winning the lottery, it is one of the things people pray for the most. Peace for our world. Peace … Continue reading
Matthew 4:1-12 (New Revised Standard Version) When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in … Continue reading
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John 4:7-15 (New Revised Standard Version) A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is … Continue reading
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Don’t Be Afraid!
Matthew 28:5-7 (New Living Translation) Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said … Continue reading
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Risen from the Dead
Matthew 27:57-61 (New Living Translation) As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus, went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him Joseph … Continue reading
Posted in Lent, Pondering Scripture Tagged death, Easter, fear, God, God's Love, grave, grief, Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea, life, loss, love, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Matthew, Matthew 27, Pilate, rebirth, resurrection, tree Leave a comment
Palm Sunday & Holy Week
Ephesians 4:1-6 (New Revised Standard Version) I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another … Continue reading
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John 20:14-16 (New Living Translation) She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the … Continue reading