Jul 17, 2017
Being a Person of Peace in the Workplace
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“The Peace that Passes All Understanding: How to Have Peace in Unpeaceful Times”
               We are living in divided times. Some of us have cut ourselves off from community and even family because we feel that peace is unobtainable. But as followers of Jesus we are called to be in community and to seek peace with one another. How do we strive for peace in a world that pushes anger and division?

Matthew 13:1-9New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Parable of the Sower

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears[a] listen!”
 
 
 
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  • Jul 17, 2017Being a Person of Peace in the Workplace
    Jul 17, 2017
    Being a Person of Peace in the Workplace
    By: (All)
    Series: (All)
    “The Peace that Passes All Understanding: How to Have Peace in Unpeaceful Times”
                   We are living in divided times. Some of us have cut ourselves off from community and even family because we feel that peace is unobtainable. But as followers of Jesus we are called to be in community and to seek peace with one another. How do we strive for peace in a world that pushes anger and division?

    Matthew 13:1-9New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

    The Parable of the Sower

    13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears[a] listen!”
     
     
     
  • Jul 9, 2017Being of Person of Peace at Home
    Jul 9, 2017
    Being of Person of Peace at Home
    “The Peace that Passes Understanding: How to Have Peace in Unpeaceful Times”
    Being of Person of Peace at Home
    As much as we try, our homes are not always as peaceful as we would like. Even Mary and Martha seem to be wrestling with how to handle their home life. Is it possible that Jesus offers us a peace that can transform our home and our family for good?

    Jesus Visits Martha and Mary

    38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing.[a] Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
  • Jul 2, 2017What Would Jesus Do With Sickness?
    Jul 2, 2017
    What Would Jesus Do With Sickness?

    Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

    11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus[a] was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers[b] approached him. Keeping their distance, 13 they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16 He prostrated himself at Jesus’[c] feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18 Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”
     
     
  • Jun 25, 2017What Would Jesus Do with…Celebrations?
    Jun 25, 2017
    What Would Jesus Do with…Celebrations?

    The Wedding at Cana

    On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

    12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there a few days.
  • Jun 18, 2017What would Jesus do with anger?
    Jun 18, 2017
    What would Jesus do with anger?

    Jesus Cleanses the Temple

    12 Then Jesus entered the temple[a] and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 He said to them, “It is written,

    ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’;     but you are making it a den of robbers.”

    14 The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard[b] the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became angry 16 and said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,

    ‘Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies     you have prepared praise for yourself’?”

    17 He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.