Sunday Night Thoughts

It’s the second Sunday night of November and we sit between snowstorms. Thursday we had quite the early November weather event. It wasn’t terrible, just an inch or so, but tomorrow afternoon’s event looks to be shaping up to be a little more – 3 to 6 inches. That’s quite a bit of snow for this early in the season. Then Tuesday some cold air will be moving in for a couple of days but should release by the weekend.

This has been a bit of an odd weekend – many of the schools had off on Friday, but some have off on Monday, but because I drive for two different school districts, I am driving both Friday and tomorrow.

As I wrote last night, I am still struggling with my running – finding the time is the biggest challenge. Hopefully this will be a more normal week.

We had a good week last week and a good worship service this morning. The Holy Spirit’s leading was evident. I preached on the church and what that means, unfortunately, our camera ran out of memory and so, after I finish this, I will record the sermon, minus the interaction from the congregation.

We did have a great prayer time with our local pastors on Monday. I really appreciate the local clergy in Eldred – we are really about building the Kingdom. On Wednesday we had our regular meeting and we really believe God is up to something in our little community.

That about wraps it up. Have a great week.

Prayer for the Week

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The God of the Living

22nd Sunday after Pentecost | November 10, 2019

Haggai 1:15b-2:9 • Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 • 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 • Luke 20:27-38

27 Then Jesus was approached by some Sadducees—religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. 28 They posed this question: “Teacher, Moses gave us a law that if a man dies, leaving a wife but no children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will carry on the brother’s name. 29 Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children. 30 So the second brother married the widow, but he also died. 31 Then the third brother married her. This continued with all seven of them, who died without children. 32 Finally, the woman also died. 33 So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her!”

34 Jesus replied, “Marriage is for people here on earth. 35 But in the age to come, those worthy of being raised from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage. 36 And they will never die again. In this respect they will be like angels. They are children of God and children of the resurrection.

37 “But now, as to whether the dead will be raised—even Moses proved this when he wrote about the burning bush. Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, he referred to the Lord as ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 So he is the God of the living, not the dead, for they are all alive to him.”

Luke 20:27-38 New Living Translation (NLT)

As we near the end of the church year, this week’s readings focus on the resurrection. The Sadducees – a group of religious leaders who were also in opposition to Jesus, but were different from the Pharisees in that they did not believe in any type of afterlife. These Sadducees come up with a question – a quite convoluted question – a ridiculous question to Jesus about the resurrection and marriage.

Jesus reminds the Saducees that marriage is for this life and not the resurrection. Those who are resurrected on the last day will not marry or be given in marriage. We are also reminded that those who are resurrection will never die again.

The Jewish people by the time of Jesus’ arrival had developed some sense that this life was not all there was. There was a hope of a life to come, as seen in Jesus’ parable of the rich man and Lazarus that we looked at earlier this season. But Jesus reminds us that even as early as Moses and the burning bush, Moses referred to the Lord as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We are reminded that God is a God of the living and not of the dead.

Just this last week, we celebrated All Saints Day, which reminds us that those who have gone on before have a hope and they have a home in heaven. There is coming a day when those who are in Christ will rise again. We have that hope because Jesus himself rose again.

Running Update

I’ve used this before, but it is very true. It looks like November picked up right were October finished. I was able to get a run in on Tuesday and a short one on Thursday, but because we had a men’s breakfast this morning, I decided to make it a quick walk. So far my mileage is not very good for the month, but I will see what I can do as it progresses. I would imagine, I will finish somewhere between 800 and 1,000 miles this year which is well short of my goal.

The bright spot in the week, is that short fast run on Thursday – almost clocked in at a 10:30 mile pace for four miles. I feel good about that – but I do continue to PRESS ON!

Set our hearts on fire with love to you, O Christ our God, that in its flame we may love you with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our soul, and with all our strength and our neighbors as ourselves, so that, keeping your commandments, we may glorify you, the giver of all good gifts.

– Eastern Orthodox Prayer