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VBS 2019 – Day 5

Theme for the last day: When life is Good, God is Good. I loved the themes this year. The Goodness of God is a wonderful part of scripture not talked about enough. It might even be the central theme of the whole story. Is God good. As our VBS said this week. When life is unfair/scary/changes/sad/good, God is good. He is bringing the good out of everything, and he doesn’t spare himself from that everything.

VBS 2019 – Day 4

The theme for the day was: When Life is Sad, God is Good. The story for day 4 is always the cross. (It just is, if you’d like the reason, drop me a line.) So here is our video from the day…

VBS 2019 – Day 3

The Theme for the Day was “When life changes…God is good.” Change is something that we love and dread. What we can know is that through all the changes, a good God is with us.

VBS 2019 – Day 2

The overall theme is the goodness of God. Today we focused on when think are scary, God is still good. He delivers us through those times.

VBS 2019 – Day 1

The Theme for the Day: When Life is unfair – God is Good! Through the story of Moses and the Exodus, here is day 1 we are learning about goodness. Each day we have a video retelling the story with some pictures that we’ve taken throughout the day.

Divisions and Peace

Biblical Text: Luke 12:49-53 (Hebrews 11:17-31, 12:1-3, Jeremiah 23:16-29)

The text is an apocalyptic saying of Jesus. “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.” On the face of it, it contradicts the message of the angles of Christmas. This sermon attempts to keep them together. How do we have both divisions and peace?

All the Treasures of the Kingdom

Biblical Text: Luke 12:22-34

This is really part two from last week. Jesus is teaching about covetousness and how to avoid it. Last week we under the parable of the Rich Fool we elaborated on two parts: 1) have faith in the providence of the Father and 2) be busy putting what is given to you to work for the kingdom. The third part rests on the character of the Father. And that is what Jesus bids us to ponder – just who The Father is and how he acts. There are potential God’s where covetousness would be justified. But that is not The Father who for a day clothes the lilies in such riotous beauty to make Solomon blush. You think he’s going to do that and not clothe you with the resurrection body? C’mon. He wants to give you all the treasures of the Kingdom. And he does this because he is our Good Father.

Being Rich Toward God

Biblical Text: Luke 12:1-12, 13-21

The actual text for the day is v13-21, but part of the set up is in v1-12. Jesus teaches the disciples what I’ll call kingdom priorities. And immediately a man stands up to test those. Jesus jumps right on him and the simplest besetting sin – covetousness. The quickest way to be knocked off of Kingdom Priorities is by desire, even desire for something that might be good. Instead of aligning one’s life around the priorities of the Kingdom, one is consumed with and aligns life around those desires, or worse fear of losing them or never achieving them.

That is the aim of the parable. The Rich Fool already has a lot – his barns are full, but he has acquired more. And his only concern is how he might keep it safe for his own good. Jesus calls this attitude foolish. Foolish for some poignant reasons. Reasons that I think resonate with some current events. (Note: two items addressed here are immigration and the most recent mass shooting as it seems to relate to that. You might not agree. It might make you uncomfortable, but I could not ignore it.)

The conclusion (if not a complete solution) is to hear how the Church Father’s used this. I’d invite you to give it a listen.

VBS 2019 – Aug 19-23

Where: St. Mark’s
When: Monday August 19th – Friday Aug 23th
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30AM
Who: Pre-k to 6th grade
How: Show up a little early the first day or (Greatly Encouraged to be sure we have enough materials) Pre-register by clicking here.

Do You Know Your Prayer is Heard?

Biblical Text: Luke 11:1-13

I stole the main points and general outline of this sermon from one by Luther. I have to admit that I typically find Luther either so much part of who I am that he isn’t that helpful, or his context so different from ours that translating is likewise tough. But the shorter sermon I ran into was both interesting and immediately useful. I talk a little bit more about why it shocked me in the sermon. But the main points itself are answers to: what is necessary to be sure that your prayer is heard. Luther said five things are necessary. This sermon looks and them and fleshes them out for us.

  1. Based on a Promise of God
  2. Faith to Receive it
  3. Lack of Bad Faith – this might be the big point for us and it is explored in the sermon. The big point is rely on the goodness of God.
  4. Knowing our unworthiness
  5. Trust God’s actions, don’t unnecessarily limit God in your requests