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The Rev. Joshua Scott

Joshua Scott: Intentional Faithfulness

2 Kings 2:1-14

3rd Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

June 30, 2019

The Rev. Joshua Scott (CBF)


Today, if I told you that many of us suffer from a traumatic disease that is eating away at us daily, would you believe me? This disease, however, is gaining traction by infecting many in our world today. Right now, this disease is eating at the hearts and the minds, the brains, and even the limbs of our friends, our families, significant others, and if we are courageous enough to reflect and to admit, it can be found in many of us today. This tragic disease is a mixture of selective amnesia mixed with the worshipping of circumstantial knowledge which ultimately leads to circumstantial faith. The disease, you see, of circumstantial faith is defined as faith in God based on favorable life circumstances. Individually, you decide when your faith takes root, and when your faith can be uprooted. When life is good, God is good. When life is bad all we notice is the circumstance, the challenge, or the chaos. Is it possible for us to admit that our circumstantial faith is placing a lid on our potential, and ultimately our relationship with God? Could it be that for us to thrive professionally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically God is asking for our faith to take root, rather than to uproot and flow in the wind pending the different circumstances life presents? Each day God is holding a graduation for those who desire to graduate from circumstantial faith to a state of intentional faithfulness.

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The Rev. Beth Sanders

Soul-Filling Community of Faith

Matthew 25:1-13

22nd Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

November 09, 2014

The Rev. Beth Sanders (UMC)

The gospel of Matthew is anxious for the fledgling community of the church, trying to make its way with new believers in a hostile world trying to tear community apart. Many of those to whom Matthew writes had been excommunicated from the synagogue and abandoned by their families, facing the imminent threat of a hostile empire without the comfort and safety of those supporting structures. Christian believers were struggling just to survive in that dark time, so there is urgency to form a bold and committed union with other bereft souls in a community of faith. 

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