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Loving our Neighbors
Loving Our Neighbors | Our Global Neighbors | Matthew 2:1-12 | Rev. Barrett Owen
Jesus is born! Magi come from the East bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. To dismiss these travelers would be to dismiss the moment the world-stage declares Jesus as the rightful king. The only way this moment could have happened is for Mary and Joseph to not be afraid of strangers. They opened their soul to their global neighbors. We can too.
Our Cantankerous Neighbors | John 1:43-51 | Rev. Barrett Owen
January 14 | John 1:43-51 | Our Cantankerous Neighbors Loving the cantankerous souls of the world is challenging. It may need to be said that loving others doesn’t mean we have to be in constant relationship with them. Instead, loving our neighbors means we genuinely wish them well. In John 1, Jesus calls disciples and not all of them have the most open spirit. Philip takes convincing. He’s hard-hearted. But through love, relationships change.
Our Partnering Neighbors | Mark 1:14-20 | Rev. Barrett Owen
January 21 | Mark 1:14-20 | Our Partnering Neighbors In the gospels, Jesus calls individuals to follow him. These disciples become intricate to the spread of Jesus’ movement of love. These disciples were strangers at first but quickly became partners in a shared mission. They bring different skillsets and different perspectives to the table. Christianity should continue to work this way moving forward.
Our Wounded Neighbors | Mark 2:1-11 | Rev. Barrett Owen
January 28 | Mark 2:1-11 | Our Wounded Neighbors Most everyone we meet is walking wounded. We carry deep-pitted scars that affects the way we walk and engage others in the world. Followers of Christ must be able to see those who are wounded both emotionally and physically. And we need to do what the characters in Mark 2 do, carry those people to Jesus.
Loving Our Sick Neighbors | Mark 1:29-39 | Rev. Barrett Owen
February 4 | Mark 1:29-39 | Our Sick Neighbors In the gospels, Jesus heals the sick constantly. So much so that it becomes a priority of ministry for Jesus and the disciples. Nothing has changed today. Sickness is a part of life. Being neighborly means creating the space necessary to see who is ill and showing up and offering healing. This happens in Mark 1 and can/should still happen today.
Our Sweet but Misguided Neighbors | Mark 9:2-9 | Rev. Becca Jones
February 11 | Mark 9:2-9 | Our Sweet but Misguided Neighbors Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up to a mountain and they see Jesus transform before God, Elijah, and Moses. Immediately, Peter wants to start talking and build an alter. God steps in and changes the energy of the discussion. Peter is being sweet, but he’s misguided. He’s strong-willed but doesn’t have all the facts. Even these people need to be loved. Jesus shows us how.
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