Greetings St. John’s Lutheran Church!
Now large crowds were traveling with Jesus; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” –Luke 14:25-27
Death and Taxes
“Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” This old saying speaks a hard truth about the unpredictability of our daily lives. The world changes so rapidly around us that we struggle to find our way. It can be tempting to look backwards and remember how good things used to be – when life was easier. Yet, as Christians, we are a hope-filled, forward looking people.
Christ destroys the power of death and offers us a new abundant life. A life that is rich with meaning and abundant in love. A life defined by community and relationships, not by financial gain or professional success, not by family perfection or academic achievement.
Carry the Cross
This month and next, Jesus’ teachings about discipleship will challenge us as people who live in a material world. How can we come to terms with the command to give up all possessions or to direct our life away from the desire to accumulate wealth and towards God? What does it look like for you to carry the cross? What sacrifice might this require of you?
Stand on the Rock
Together, we will find our feet on the foundation that is Christ and reach toward a future shaped by God’s call. Let Christ be the light that shines in the darkness and shows us the way forward.
In Christ, Pastor Kat