Wow! An inspiring speaker just came through Eagle River with an emotionally gripping story of how his family endured Confederate-South slavery and ‘Jim Crow law’ discrimination by the sheer power of their Christian faith. If you missed Fr. Moses Berry’s moving story, you can still see his film introduction at http://godsgardenthefilm.com.
“No man is an island, entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent...” — John Donne, Meditation XVII
Jesus saw the crowds and went up a hill, where he sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them: True Happiness Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them! Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them! Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised! Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully! Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them! — Matthew 5: 1-7 (GNT) “The Sermon on the Mount”
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
We announce to you what existed from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have seen and our hands handled, about the word of life. The life was revealed, and we have seen, and we testify and announce to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us. What we have seen and heard, we also announce it to you so that you can have fellowship with us. Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. — 1 John 1:1-3 (CEB)
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
Recently, I heard a little piece of wisdom that went like this, “The Church is a tool.”
“Jesus saw the crowds and went up a hill, where he sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them…” — Matthew 5:1-2 (GNT)
“For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below — there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Romans 8:38-39 (GNT)
And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? She hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her. — Mark 14:3-9