Friday, September 21, 2012

September 30, 2012

Scriptures for September 30th: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22; Psalm 124; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50; theme: If you love God it will change your actions; O Jesus I have Promised – UMH 396 James: This is the end of the book of James. James starts out with some very harsh words. James ends with words of peace. He tells us that we find peace by getting to close to God in prayer. James starts out with our personal behavior, James ends with group behavior. He tells us that we can make a difference in our world and in our church by praying together. He says that we can find healing by praying for one another. We can hold one another accountable and take responsibility for one another’s actions. James says that is our faithfulness that makes a difference. It is the faithfulness of the congregation that makes a difference. The power in our prayer lies in the righteousness of our lives, not how well we pray. When we are sick, we can some to church for healing. As we work together and are faithful to God, we find life and healing. Mark: Jesus was dismayed because his disciples were arguing about the greatness. He told them that it is more important to serve, then to lead. He continues that teaching on what it means to be humble. What it means to live a life of righteousness. Not only are we to let children into our lives and accept them. We also have to make sure that we do not mislead them. We will be help accountable for what we teach our children. Jesus reminds us that we are the salt of the earth. We are the flavor of the world. We are to be an example to others as to how life should be lived, and the advantages of life. Jesus and James tells us that life close to God is a life lived in peace. We have all that we need in prayer. And if God does not give it to us, then we can live without it. We all need a community of faith, in order to help us center our lives and ambition on Jesus. Questions: When you are feeling sick at heart, who do you call for relief? What are you in need of healing in your life? How can your church members make a difference? Do you trust the church to help you and make a difference in your life? How often to you pray to God? How do you get an answer? Who are the vulnerable in your congregation? Are you or your actions a stumbling block to others? How do you lift up others? What does it mean to be the salt of the earth?

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