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A radical discipleship?

Do you know that in order for us to have an effective revitalize church, we will need a radical discipleship. The call to be disciples was given to us by Jesus:“Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.” (Matthew 4:19-20).

 

One of the best descriptions seems to me to be given to us by Rev. Martin Luther King when he showed that when it comes to Christian discipleship, we have to stop being temometers and we must become thermostats.

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The unguarded tongue

The book of James is a powerful treatise on the Christian life. Specifically, the practice of the Christian life. James writes to encourage believers to move faith from principle to practice. Readers of James recognize very sensitive subjects early on in his writing; issues of class distinction, the relationship of faith to good works, and others that cause people to squirm.

 

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A Radical Touch

How many of you have worked with or known people who have done things and they had no concerns about what people thought?  Well, today I invite you to look to a woman in Mark 5:25-34 who broke “religious protocol” and did so for only one reason: she was seeking Jesus.

 

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Jesus at the center

Allowing Christ to enter your home (and this may be the place where you live or simply your life) always has very beautiful consequences. From the Gospel of Mark (2: 1-12) we can identify a key question that will help us understand what happened. This narrative answer the following question:  What happens when Christ comes into your home?
 
First, Christ will bring joy to your home: A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home (Mark 2:1). This meeting resulted in a great celebration full of joy.
 

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The forgiveness

I've been meditating on forgiveness for a few weeks and today I decided to share some thoughts with you. The Epistle of Colossians (3:13) tells us: Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as God forgave you. In other words, it is a mandate; we must forgive. Forgiveness is a choice we make. It is a decision of our will, motivated by obedience to God and his command to forgive.

 

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Detroit MLK Day

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God's call

Jesus begins his ministry by proclaiming the “good news” of the gospel, which is that “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near” (Mark 1:15). Consider also that Mark portrays Jesus' proclamation of the kingdom coming not only as a gift ("good news"), but also with a demand ("repent").

 

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Feast of the Baptism of Jesus

Good morning, happy Saturday and blessings my dear Holyrood family.

Tomorrow, Sunday, January 12, when we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, we will also enter our Annual Meeting as a vigorous and revitalized church.

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Seeking for Jesus with perseverance

I wonder what the Magi saw in the sky that first night. What was it that got them thinking? What was it that motivated them to pack and begin a journey to who knew where? Something had been revealed to them. But what was it? Was it in the sky, in their mind, in their heart? We don’t have much historical information about these wise people and their journey. But the interesting thing is that challenging all obstacles came to meet Jesus;

They looked for him and found him.

 

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Community - Eucharist Mass

Good morning, blessings and happy Saturday my dear family of Santa Cruz. Tomorrow Sunday we will have our Community - Eucharist Mass at 10:00 am in English and ASL and in Spanish at 1:00 pm. We will also have the visit of our Parish Board, particularly the two Guardians, who will explain, along with me, the rationale for the decision taken to move the elections of the Annual Assembly, from January to March 2020. And we will also be celebrating the traditional liturgy of the Day of Kings / Queens.

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