Mark 6:30-56 (NRSV) Feeding the Five Thousand 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in… Continue reading Draw Crowds
1 Peter 2:9-10 (NRSV) 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received… Continue reading Become Known
Mark 6:1-13 (NRSV) The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth 6 He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 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… Continue reading Send Forth
Matthew 5:13-16 (NRSV) Salt and Light 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be… Continue reading Salt
1 Corinthians 12:1-31 (NRSV) Spiritual Gifts 12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be… Continue reading Discipleship Begins with Relationship
It was about this time last year when I was at the Iowa State Fair with some friends. I had been a pastor for literally a month and half. I was enjoying a good beer and walking around on a hot August day. As I took my first sip, some of my friends decided to begin telling people I was a pastor. They wanted to see the reaction of others who saw a pastor drinking a beer. I have really great friends…
David took off the armor Saul placed on him. All of it. He took it off.
Then he got the stuff he knew how to use– a shepherd’s staff, his bag, some smooth stones, and his sling.
The rest is legendary.
All because he took off the armor someone else put on him, and used the gifts, the tools, and the skills he knew how to use best.