Monthly Archives: July, 2018
He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.
Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
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We all have to figure out in our own ways where HOME is, and what that means for us. How are you the same little kid that grew up wherever and however you grew up? And how are you, as we grow older, maybe move, maybe make some decisions, how are we quite different? An important part of our identity is sorting out the relationship between all these things, bound in love and loss. I was at the Outer Banks week before last with my wife’s family, and we made friends with locals who were trying to preserve some of the history of the original stretch of homes on Nags Head. They spoke of their concern that the new people coming in building fancy homes wouldn’t care for the place like they cared for it. We tend to be unsure of people not our own kin, not our own kind, who aren’t from the same place, which means often something resembling trusting they care about the same things you care about. My wife often makes fun of how my southern accent dips a little more when we go back to Black Mountain. Perhaps I don’t want to seem to have forgotten where I came from, where HOME truly is.Read more....
In lieu of our traditional Vacation Church School and due to Sanctuary renovations, Westminster will host an All-Church Family Fun Day, on Saturday, August 18, 10:00am-2:00pm, at Camp New Hope! There will be field games, a potluck cookout, swimming, and more. Make plans to attend this special day of summer fellowship! Please RSVP for your whole group so that we can be sure to prepare enough dogs and burgers: http://bit.ly/2MNUk9N.
Westminster will have a night at the Durham Bulls baseball game on Thursday, August 9, when the team takes on the Columbus Clippers at 7:05pm. Catch up with your church family, relax with some great baseball, and enjoy a hot dog. It’s $1 concession night! Reserve your tickets by August 6 at http://bit.ly/2tsveop.
At this moment in Mark, Jesus’ ministry is building up and the crowds are really beginning to follow Jesus—he’s healing people, he’s travelling, he’s preaching. People have noticed. Many want to be close to Jesus—-they are reaching out, pursuing him, just trying to brush shoulders with him, to feel his presence.
And our story today is about two people who will do anything to know the healing touch of Jesus.
First, we meet Jairus. He’s a Jewish man and a religious leader in his community. People listen to him, he’s powerful, tall handsome. Though not all Jews are supportive of Jesus, Jairus is desperate to meet Christ because he wants Jesus to heal his dying daughter. The crowd let him through easily because he’s a local celebrity. They see him each week at the synagogue., he’s leading as they go to the place of worship for religious rites. Maybe like a local politician, the mayor of the city, a well-known activist. The principal of your school. The point is, everyone know who he is, and many feel sad for him. His 12 year old daughter is dying. He’s lived such a successful life and given so much to his community.
He’s proactive in his search for Jesus, and the crowd parts because many believe he is worthy to know Jesus. His daughter deserves to be healed. He runs to Christ and falls at his feet, begging for healing.
But maybe there are some in the crowd who believe that Jairus is not deserving of the power of Jesus. Why does he get to go to the front of the line when so many others are hurting as well? Why did the crowd part for him when other people are dying, too? He’s had plenty of good things in his life—-a good job, status in his city, plenty of money, a nice family and home. It’s somebody else’s turn to meet Jesus.Read more...