Sermons And Children's Lessons For Advent, Christmas And Epiphany
Minnesota has one of the five largest state fairs held anywhere, and annually, in this county. The state fairgrounds are as large as many small cities, and there are many permanent buildings on the site. Some of them are used throughout the year to host horse shows, ice skating and jogging, antique car shows, various other exhibitions and part of the state ice hockey tournament. One section has to be imported and assembled every year and is known as The Midway. The rides and games of chance are located in this area, which is some distance from the main gates.
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Oscar Wilde penned a powerful story about behaviors and definitions and justice called The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dorian was a handsome young man, a model of physical beauty and moral virtue. People complimented him on his good graces. Parents pointed to him as an example to their youth. One artist even painted an exquisite portrait of him.
"Have you seen it?" whispered the Barbie doll to her next door neighbour.
The next Barbie doll in line was instantly alert. There were five different Barbie dolls, who lived jumbled together in the toy cupboard but who were so jealous of each other that they rarely spoke. "Seen what?" asked the second Barbie doll, blue eyes darting all round the room.
"The Princess," replied the first Barbie with glee. "Caitlin's done her hair and it looks terrible!"
These verses from Mark's gospel are a call to commitment, a call to sacrifice, and a call to give up everything of earthly value in life. To say these are difficult verses is truly an understatement. It is pretty clear that the disciples are not at all ready for what Jesus is saying. They are not ready for Jesus to die and they certainly are not ready to die themselves.