1st Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home – May 29, 2016

MORE CONTROVERSY! Or, at least, some will think so. In the Epistle for today, we see John speaking about love. John was both a disciple and an apostle, and he was with Jesus when he ministered to all kinds of people, from the elite to the outcasts and even outsiders. We have no record of Jesus denying anything to anyone, not even the woman of Canaan, an outsider.

In light of that and what John says about love, it is obvious that love is not merely important, it is central to Christianity. This should be sufficient answer to those who try to claim that hate is a Christian value!


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Trinity Sunday – Church Back Home – May 22, 2016

Some excitement here! Nicodemus, high-up in the religious establishment of the time, visits Jesus by night. Jesus makes three revelations to him which are part of our lives to this day! The first two deal with what needs to happen to see the Kingdom of God, and then what needs to happen to enter the Kingdom of God. The third and final revelation deals with receiving what has been placed before you to learn.

Does this mean you are nearer than you thought? Or does it mean you have more to do?


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Pentecost – Church Back Home – May 15, 2016

POTENTIAL CONTROVERSY CONTINUES! One of the last things Jesus said to his followers: “If you love me, keep my commandments.” In other words, do what he taught. There is much to be said here because even if what he offered was a major simplification of the former rules, it was revolutionary. It also went beyond the bounds of most people’s imagination.

Can you imagine what can be ours if we actually master this?


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Sunday After Ascension – Church Back Home – May 8, 2016

MORE CONTROVERSY! In the tenth chapter of Matthew, Jesus said that he did not come to bring peace, but a sword. In today’s Gospel reading, he explains what he means. Jesus knew that following him would not be easy. It would come to the point that people would kill Jesus’ followers while thinking that they are serving God!

It does not take much of an effort to see how this might apply today.


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