Yes, she laughed at the thought of having a baby at her age. Yes, she laughed at the thought of finding physical intimacy with her husband again, an intimacy that was forgotten as the years aged them. Yes, she laughed at the idea that her dreams might come true just as her life was supposed to be winding down. She wasn’t laughing out of spite. She was laughing at the absurdity of it all.
Abram and Sarai
June 25, 2017
Genesis 12:1-19 NRSV
"...But now, so much in the church is about preservation and survival. So much in the church is about safety and comfort. The world can seem hostile at worst to our faith, and indifferent at best....So much in our lives is about comfort, preferring our adventures to be on a screen rather than in flesh and blood interactions with a world that can be unsafe.
"But safety, security, and comfort isn’t where growth happens.
"Risk follows a vision of what life can be, a vision of what God wants the world to look like, and how we can help God build that world..."
First Lutheran Church
June 18, 2017
Genesis 6: 9-22, 7: 24, 8:14-19 NRSV
First Lutheran Church
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And maybe Paul knew something most of us don’t; that sometimes the Spirit works instantly and other times the Spirit takes a lifetime. That faith is a process of fits and starts, peaks and valleys, and ups and downs. Faith grows and shrinks. Expands and contracts. Faith never stands still. Faith bursts bubbles and pushes boundaries. Faith is always moving, challenging old thinking and creating new expressions.
Paul knew how messy life and faith could be. He trusted people’s journeys. But he never compromised the message of the faith. He knew that Jesus really did die and he really did rise from the dead, and these events took Christianity out of the realm of philosophical speculation and dropped it into flesh and blood human experience. He knew that the God who raised Jesus from the dead was the God of history. He knew that the God of the empty tomb is the God of life.
"God is where life and love are given away freely. God is where mercy and grace are received with thankfulness. God is where new possibilities emerge from discouragement. God is where promises of a new and better tomorrow are met with hope and trust. God is where the assurances of eternal life are received in faith..."