April 2014

“Increase Our Faith!”

Posted on April 29, 2014

“If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” (Luke 17:3-6)

Seven times? In the same day? Really? We must forgive? The disciples’ response to Jesus’ words makes a lot of sense to me, “Increase our faith!”

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Dinner Guests

Posted on April 17, 2014

The word “maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum which forms the basis of mandate. Maundy Thursday highlights the mandate given to us by Jesus to love one another as he has loved us (John 13:34). The events of that final evening Jesus had with his disciples before his death carry with them much significance for us today.

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The Weight of Discipleship

Posted on April 10, 2014

“And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” ~Jesus (Luke 14:27)

When talking about discipleship, Jesus does not mince words. It is hard and costs everything. The weight of the decision to follow Jesus should not be taken lightly. In fact, he even challenges us to think through it before jumping on the disciple-of-Jesus wagon.

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Produce Section

Posted on April 4, 2014

6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

8 “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’” (Luke 13:6-9)

This tree, which was failing to produce any fruit, was taking up valuable resources and limited soil space. The man caring for the vineyard had given time and energy in order to prune and water this tree. Despite all his efforts, after three years, still nothing to show for it.

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