"Fear" and "faith" are the words that ring through the lessons before us for this Sunday. In one of them we are told what not to do ... the other we have held up before us as a quality that makes God proud! In fact, for those who demonstrate it the Lord has prepared a celestial city.
Abraham is the hero of the first two accounts. His move to center-stage begins with a vision in which God promises him more heirs than any mortal can count, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars if you are able.... So shall your descendants be."
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.