The Kingdom of God

    by Tom Harrison

    “To do two things at once is to do neither” (Publilius Syrus). Our new sermon series, “What’s Essential?” began with Jesus’ essential thing: the kingdom of God. Matthew 6:33 is our memory verse: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” The kingdom of God was Jesus’ “one thing.” Everything Jesus did had a kingdom focus.  

    This week our “What’s Essential?” focus is on Mary. Jesus’ mother was an extraordinary woman. Be sure to read Luke 1. This is an amazing text. Put yourself in her place. One of the guys in my covenant group this morning remarked about how amazing it was that the Holy Spirit was active in Mary’s interaction with Elizabeth. Mary shows up beyond just the birth narrative (at the first miracle in Cana, at the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, and as part of the early church in Acts 1). 

    Not everyone responds to a disruptive, life-changing moment in a willing manner. Even though she was young, she possessed confident humility. Mary is a wonderful model for us to follow. She will be the focus of the message this Sunday. In thinking about Mary, she had an essential part of her that resulted in her legacy—she was WILLING. 

    Fed-Ex is supposed to deliver Perceptions Volume XX today. They will be available in the main office on weekdays, and the CLC gallery on Sundays. New books are $10 per book. Past volumes, as available, can be purchased for $5 each. We think they make great Christmas gifts.

    Enjoy your readings this week about the life of Mary.

    Monday: Luke 1:26-38
    Tuesday: Luke 1:39-45
    Wednesday: Luke 1:46-56
    Thursday: Luke 1:5-25
    Friday: John 2:1-12
    Saturday: John 19:16-27
    Sunday: Luke 1:26-38 

    See you Sunday,

    Tom Harrison
    Senior Pastor

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