Tinsel (Luke 2:21-35)

Tinsel (Luke 2:21-35)

There are certainly parts of our Christian life that happen instantly...but that’s not the kind of transformation I am going to talk about this morning. There is in fact another kind of change, and we don’t like this kind of change as much. We don’t like the kind of change for which we have to wait. The transformations that takes time.

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Parenting the Faith (Mark 9:41-50)

Parenting the Faith (Mark 9:41-50)

While there are many things that positively influence the likelihood of a child carrying their faith on into adulthood, missiologists and sociologists have identified three critical things. Third on the list — making sure that in their church, kids feel the safety and freedom to ask whatever questions they have about life and love and God. The second most important factor in the faith development of children is that someone who isn’t their parent and isn’t their pastor take an interest in their spiritual life. And the very most important factor is simply this — that kids see their parents actively loving Jesus, serving their neighbors, and participating in Christian community.

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The Race for Honors (Mark 9:30-37)

The Race for Honors (Mark 9:30-37)

So even when we win, even when we achieve our goal and get that thing we’ve always wanted, we still don’t have what we really desire or really need….a sense of security at the core of who we are, that we are loved no matter what honor we have or what honor we don’t. Honor is a Race we lose, even if we win, because to “win” the Race for Honors is to destroy all hope of love - love of myself, love of my neighbor, love of God - love, the very thing we’re craving in the first place.

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I Believe. Help My Unbelief. (Mark 9:14-29)

I Believe. Help My Unbelief. (Mark 9:14-29)

This father, already no stranger to heartache, was again! crushed under the weight of one more disappointment. One more failed hope. One more heartbreak. And the religious enforcers pounced on his pain so that everyone watching would know just how much of a crock Jesus’ way was. The scene Jesus walks into is not a pretty picture. It’s a scene filled with pain. The emptiness of the gloating scribes. The disappointment of the disciples. The powerlessness of the father.

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