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  1. Falling towers and fruitless fig trees (Luke 13.1-9, 31-35) [sermon 3-12-17]

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    March 8, 2017 by jmar198013

    The story of this fig tree receiving special attention—extravagant mercy and generosity—calls us all to see ourselves as that tree. Like Jesus said elsewhere: “Much will be demanded from everyone who has been given much.” We’ve been given much. Maybe we need to see a warning hidden in all our blessings: a judgment is coming if we don’t bear fruit worthy of repentance.

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  2. Get down and dirty with God (Luke 13.1-9; Isa. 55.1-9) [Sermon 02-28-2016, Lent 3c]

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    February 25, 2016 by jmar198013

    Once some folks told Jesus that Pilate has massacred some of his neighbors. Obviously, these folks thought the dead had it coming.

    Not Jesus! He didn’t blame the victims. He didn’t even blame the system. He turned it back on the ones who thought Pilate was doing God’s work: “Do you really think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans?”, he asked. “No. But I tell you, unless you repent, you will likewise perish.”

    I think he was saying: “You have more in common with the people you’re judging than you think.” The repentance Jesus wants is compassion. Mercy. Empathy. When we fail at those, we’re burning the only bridge we have to cross, too.

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