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Yesterday, our Pastor preached on the Transfiguration -- the sermon was titled "Listen to Him" (from Mark 9:7). He asked us to imagine that we were there along with Peter, James, and John when God instructed them to 'Listen to Him'. Then he went on to describe how we would be if we did listen to Jesus. First, he quoted some OT scriptures: Hosea 6:6 "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings." and the oft-quoted verse from Micah "And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." Then, not surprisingly, he transitioned to the New Testament (Mt 22:34-39) and focused on Jesus' answer to the question about The Greatest Commandment: "Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’"

"Listen to Him"... and follow!

Godspeed,
Jeff

I love that Jeff! Yes I love the verse I desire mercy not sacrifice . I for one, Mike, try to just refrain from gossip, read and stay in Word daily..listen to holy spirit when I need to reach out to others, strangers and pray openly. Give freely. Love passionately. Strive to be more Christ like daily. Now I slip on all at times..daily even, it's a moment by moment process. Thanks be to our Lord for His mercy, new every day!

Mark 9

The Transfiguration

Would you say the boys were off on a thing we might call a “Retreat”? I remember being just in awe during my time just learning about Jesus, hearing from God and being in fellowship with my brothers. At one camp a leader brought up this part of scripture but it followed with what happens when we return to the real world and are hit with reality! Mark writes about a crowd, Pharisees, and other disciples, but the scene revolves around a boy with an evil spirit. Whoa. Not easy-peasy stuff. However, we are brought to the famous line by the father of the boy in Verse 24,” I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” How often do I have to say that to God? (A good read Henri Nouwen book, The Genesee Diary: https://www.amazon.ca/Genesee-Diary-Report-Trappist-Monastery/dp/0385174462 writing about his seven-month stay in a Trappist monastery.) I really like vs 28 and 29 when the disciples asked why they couldn’t drive out the spirit. Classic Jesus reply is that only he could do that! Ask him for help. Great advice, eh?

Psalm 43

You position yourself under the waterfall of grace and wait, walk in obedience, and ask God to break your heart, to restore the joy of salvation and make God your treasure.

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