Isaiah 50:4-9a The Lesson indicates that the Suffering Servant comes for weary people (v. 4). Americans are weary, recent polls tell us. A 2014 Wall Street Journal poll revealed that more than half of Americans are weary of our international involvement on the world stage. A Rasmussen poll revealed that 52% of Americans are sick of our perceived unfair economy. And a late 2013 Gallup poll showed that 40% of us are not getting enough sleep.
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For February 16, 2020:
Everything Grows From Common Ground by Tom Willadsen — It’s easy belittle an opponent and publically rip to shreads words that one disagrees with. We’re called to a different kind a faith, courage to seek unity with those people over there.
Where you and I live, intersections are clearly marked.
I lived for a number of years in a suburb where signs were posted 500 feet in advance of any major intersection to notify you of the crossing street just ahead. Those signs had words. Even more signs, however, both in cities and out in the country, feature symbols to alert drivers to upcoming intersections.
As Jesus raises the bar on what is considered sinful the foundation of his message is to go to the source of sin. We can spend all our time putting out the fires, or cleaning up the mess of sin. When we find the source, our brother or sister, or our own thoughts and words, then we make real progress against the pain of sin.
Praxis, the little pixie whose skin changes colour according to his moods, was a dull, ugly red. He was angry with his best friend, Liturgico, who had beaten him in the classroom and on the sports field. Praxis was feeling grumpy because Liturgico was good at everything, and it just wasn't fair.
"I hate you," Praxis shouted. "Anyway, you cheat. That's how you always win."
Liturgico was hurt. "I don't," he protested. "I can't help being better than you. You're a bad loser, Praxis."
The year was 1967. Vietnam was exploding. The Nuclear Arms Race was escalating. The Women's Movement and the Civil Rights Movement were agitating the soul of our nation. And the Presbyterian church was trying to figure out how to witness to Jesus Christ in the midst of all this cultural chaos.