"You're STRANGE!" Have you ever been called that word? And, when that word is used to describe someone, it's meant to hurt and identify the other as a "wacko" or "wierdo." But, guess what,... God ALSO has a similar name for His beloved ones! We consider this concept in this week's midweek devotion. Scripture to be used is Hosea 8:11-12, 13b-14; 1 Peter 2:5, 9.
In the appointed Gospel reading, Jesus gives harsh "Law" to a rich young man. But, exactly WHY does Jesus interact with the man in that way? We consider that in this week's sermon based on Mk 10:17-22. Sermon title is: "Jesus, Looking at Him, Loved Him!"
In this week's midweek devotion, we consider an Early Church Father's statement from over a 1500 years ago and how it applies to us TODAY! He urges Christians to not "deprive" themselves of this AND WHY! Be sure to catch this upcoming devotion to see how the things that were "contemporary" hundreds of years ago are still pertinent to us now!
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In this week's appointed Gospel reading, the subject of divorce is brought up. Jesus addresses that, but ALSO uses that topic to speak of the root cause of divorce and all the other problems of this world. We'll discuss "The Just Divorce" in this service. The Gospel reading is from Mark 10:2-16.
Pastor Rock is in a different setting for where this devotion originates. It's a different setting than usual, but has the same content for you and our "woke" world rushing pell mell into violence, hurt, division, and angst where only Satan seems to win. Scripture reading is from John 14:1-6.
In 2003, a hiker performed "self surgery." He cut off his arm to save his life. Seemingly, in this Gospel reading, Jesus calls us to do "self surgery" as well. What REALLY does He mean when He calls us to "cut off" a hand or foot, or to "tear out" an eye if one of these causes us to sin? We consider these questions in this service. Sermon title is "Surgery on One's Self" based on Mark 9:38-50.