A Prayer Prompted by Mark 12

Heavenly Father,

We learn from Jesus in this chapter that our lives need to be totally committed to you. Help us to love you with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our mind and all of our strength.

Help us to love our neighbor as ourselves – to put the needs of others, even our enemies, on the same level as our own.

Help us to be good citizens, faithful taxpayers, loyal participants in the life of our earthly community.

But help us also to remember that we owe you so much more – that in fact we personally belong to you.

Help us never to desire a reputation for being more godly or more spiritual than we really are.

Jesus was an example of humility and we will do well if we continuously follow him in that – knowing that he is truly God and the author of our salvation.

In Christ’s name we pray,

Amen.

 

Matthew 22 Verse by Verse

Matt photoDuring the week leading up to the crucifixion, Jesus tells some parables and fields questions designed to test him.  In the end he asks a question which discourages further such tests.

Matthew 22.pdf

Matthew 22.mp3

A Shared Standard: The Law of Love – Leviticus 19, Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in Christdiversity
Part 4 of 14

The Standard God sets for his people is one based on commandments to love.

A Shared Standard Lev 19, Deu 6.pdf             

A Shared Standard Lev 19, Deu 6.mp3

 

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Central Streaming: Love Fulfills the Law

Paul’s Letter to the Romansapostle-paul

When we love others, we want what is best for them.  Loving our neighbor as ourselves includes all the basic commandments and more.

Romans 13.8-10.pdf

Romans 13.8-10.mp3

Central Streaming: Genuine Love

Paul’s Letter to the Romansapostle-paul

We tend to think of love as an emotion or something completely connected to our feelings.  The Bible sees it somewhat differently, as Paul in this passage explains.

Romans 12.09-21.pdf

Romans 12.9-21.mp3

Make Disciples. Week 6: Others

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This evening we will get together for Week 6 of 12 in our “Make Disciples.” series. Below you will find links to an overview of the full 12 weeks and for the sixth area on the map, Engaging God’s World: Others.

Overview

Make Disciples. Week 06

During the 12 weeks, we are addressing areas on a comprehensive discipleship map.  After discussing each area, we will try to establish Milestones that would provide evidence of personal spiritual growth – markers that we work toward. 

Palmer St. Podcast: Loving Your Neighbor

One of the Bible’s most important concepts comes from Leviticus.  When Jesus emphasizes it later, he is only elaborating on what was originally written here.

Leviticus 19.09-18.mp3

Leviticus 19.09-18.pdf

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