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getting out the WORD - the 2nd sunday after epiphany
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 08:58

the PRAYER...
Holy God, our strength and our redeemer, by your Spirit hold us forever, that through your grace we may worship you and faithfully serve you, follow you and joyfully find you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...
[John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him....

John 1:29-42

the DEVOTION...
Austerity. That's what comes to mind, this week. Not the kind we've been hearing about since the Great Recession of '08. Hardship. Self-denial. But austerity in the sense of simplicity and straightforwardness.

You may have noticed, here in the church, we preachers love to talk. Sometimes, you'd think we get paid by the word! We believe the more words we use, the more effectively we communicate. However, that's not the case. More often than not, all the words get in the way. They muddle. They confuse. They distract. Truth is, the few the better. Like Shakespeare said, "When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain!" Thus, austerity! Less - especially when it comes to the gospel - is, definitely, more!

"John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him." Just eight words. But those eight words are the heart and soul of everything we believe! Jesus comes toward us! Worship? It's Jesus coming toward us! Baptism? It's Jesus coming toward us! The Supper? Forgiveness? Ministry? The Church? It's Jesus coming toward us! Always, forever, Jesus coming toward us! And there's nothing else we need to know, nothing more we need to understand! We don't go to Jesus; Jesus comes to us! End of sentence! End of story!

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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  • Galatians 1:11-24

    For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I...

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  • Galatians 1:11-12
    For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
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