When Stan accepted a job on the Canadian prairies, necessitating a move from California,
it felt like the end of the world to his wife, Alyssa. Who wanted to move to a part of the
continent where the temperature dropped to -40º C, where rain was scarce, trees didn't
grow, and wind blew constantly? Alyssa's mother comforted her daughter with words
similar to Jeremiah's advice to the Babylonian exiles. "This will be your home. Settle in.
Make friends. Get a job. Volunteer in the community and church. It will make your stay
UPCOMING WEEKS In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
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For November 24, 2019:
Shepherds Of Malfeasance by Dean Feldmeyer — A true and effective leader, said John Quincy Adams, is someone whose actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more. The prophet, Jeremiah, would have agreed.
Second Thoughts: Small Wonder(s) by Tom Willadsen — Once Zechariah regains his speech, his first words are a song of praise to God — not a complaint, like many people might have.
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Jeremiah 23:1-6 Sixteenth century preacher and reformer Hugh Latimer may provide a sterling example of accountability and responsibility. Latimer was thought of as a great preacher and, one day, was called to preach before the King Henry VIII of England. As he thought about his great responsibility to bring a message before the king, he realized that the message that God laid on his heart was not the message that the king would want to hear.
As Newton's Third Law of Motion tells us, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This seems to be true in the field of human relationships as well as in the field of physics, although in the field of relationships sometimes the reaction may be a little more than equal. Thus there are always tragic cases in the media where those who have been spurned by their lovers murder the lovers in revenge, a reaction that seems somewhat over the top.
On this last Sunday of the Church Year (we call it Christ the King Sunday) our attention is directed to the reign of Christ -- to his glorious reign which has already begun with the resurrection on Easter. It is a Sunday to think about salvation, because where Christ reigns salvation is effected. These themes are especially evident in our First Lesson.