Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” John 13:34-35
Martin Luther King, Jr, in A Testament of Hope writes, “I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Think about those words for a minute.
One of my favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. sermons is, “The Answer to a Perplexing Question” based on Matthew 17:19, “Why couldn’t we cast him out?” In the sermon, King says, “The problem that has always hampered man has been his inability to conquer evil by his own power. In pathetic amazement, he asks, ‘Why can I not cast it out? Why can I not remove this evil from my life?’”
Be a Peacemaker
Part 2 of 5
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God” – Matthew 5:9
There is a story of a monk, Telemachus, from southern France, who went to Rome to take in the splendors of the Holy City. When he arrived, he was caught up in the crowd going to the Coliseum. He wasn’t aware of all that was involved in the entertainment of the day. Soon, however, he soon realized what was going to happen when the gladiators took their places on the field. They drew their weapons, waved them at Caesar, then called out, “We who are about to die salute thee!”
The reports that came out of Orlando two weeks ago were unbelievable and unspeakable. An event where 49 persons are killed and over 50 people are wounded in a nightclub is unnecessary and unthinkable. Other news certainly continues to unfold with each passing day. But there is one thing that remains. What is our response to violence?
We’ve got a quick question for you…
What is standing in the way of your local church making new disciples and helping disciples grow?
Will you take 10 seconds and comment below? Select one of the options below and hit submit. Like we said, 10 seconds! Oh, and yeah, we’re all ears if you want to share your reasoning in the comments below.
There was a girl about seven years old who came to church regularly for Sunday school. Sometimes her parents let her stay for the worship service. They didn’t come. They would drop her off at the door and drive on, faithfully every Sunday.
If your ego is getting too big, go stand in Muir Woods National Monument with the world’s oldest and tallest redwood trees. When you stand in Muir Woods you feel small.
United Methodist friends, as you begin your day, here’s an invitation to pray for our church, especially the delegates and our Episcopal leaders at General Conference.
Confession: I doodle while other people are talking. Don’t deny it, you have done it, too. Several years ago, someone told me we learn more when our hands are busy creating something. It’s given me permission to doodle and to create while other people are talking. Honestly, I do listen better when I am creating something.
This week, when I found myself in a convention center ballroom with no table in front of me, I took up another task: creating images on my phone.