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Wednesday, September 16 2015

Pastor Randy

Mark 8:27-38

    The first day of school was this past week for many of our students.  For some it was the week before.  I saw lots of Facebook postings showing first day pictures of  kids by their parents.  First day of Kindergarten all the way to last first day by some of you who are high school seniors.  

    School is good.  I have always loved school.  With that in mind, let me tell you one of my favorite first day of school stories.  You’ve heard it before, because I’ve told it to you before.  It is a well-known encounter between a father and his son.  Instead of asking his son if he knew all the answers at school, he asked him, “Did you ask the right questions?”  This father believed that asking the right questions was as important as knowing all the answers.

    When it comes to Jesus Christ – are we asking the right question?  I ask THAT question because we have got to get the answer right.  We have got to get this right!  SO, in order to get the answer right – we first have to ask the right question.

    Now – every good teacher knows the power of asking the right questions.  Jesus knew the power of the question too.  Jesus asked lots of questions.  And in today’s Gospel reading from Mark – Jesus asks not one but two questions.  And I want you to tell me which one of the two questions is the more important of the two.  And then, let’s see if the disciples got them right.

    Today we find Jesus is with his disciples in a place called Caesarea Philippi.  Today you can see the ruins of this ancient Roman city where numerous shrines were erected to the Greek god Pan.  I have been there on four occasions – it is a wonderful sight to see – and yes – this is a shameless plug to get you to join me on my next trip to Israel this coming May!  

    So with the temples to various gods in the background, Jesus asks these two questions.  Question number 1.  “Who do people say that I am?”  Ah, Jesus!  That’s easy.  Some are saying you are John the Baptist.  Some say that you are Elijah, and still others one of the great prophets.”

    So far so good.  They’ve been listening.  They know what – other – people are saying.  And that’s when Jesus hits them with question number 2.  “But who do you say that I am?”  

    And Peter gets it right.  “You are the Messiah!”  In other words, “You are the Christ – which means the Anointed One – you are the Holy One of God – the One whom God promised to send into the world.”  

    So let me ask you – in the spirit of asking the right question – which of the two do you think is the more important question?  They’re both important – but which is the more important?  IF you said question number 2 – then – ding, ding, ding – you got it right!

    You see what Jesus is doing, don’t you?  He wants to know what the disciples believe.  It’s one thing to know what others are saying.  But ultimately – the disciples – we 21st Century disciples are going to have to answer for ourselves – YOU’RE going to have to answer for yourself – who do you say that Jesus is?  I can’t answer that question for you.  I can answer that question for myself – but not for you.  I can tell you who Jesus is.  I mean after all – that IS my job.  But I cannot answer that question for you.

    So if someone were to ask you – who is Jesus – you could answer, “Well, Pastor Randy says that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior.  He is the Lord, the Messiah, he is the King of kings, he is the Good Shepherd, a great teacher who asked a whole bunch of important questions.  He lived, he died, and God raised him from the dead.  That’s what Pastor Randy says who Jesus is.”  
    
    You know what?  So what!  Even though it’s a great answer – a great text book answer – and a right answer – you would only be telling someone else what your pastor or someone else is telling you about who Jesus is.  It’s a great answer to the question, “Who do PEOPLE – who do OTHERS – say that I am?”

    And yes, we DO need to know what others are saying.  That’s how we learn.  Asking the right questions and listening for the answers.  But when I tell you about Jesus – or Pastor Becca – or some other pastor or Sunday School teacher – what we are doing is putting what WE know about Jesus – and most important – what we experience of Jesus – and we are putting what we have seen, and what we have heard, and what we experience into your head.  That’s what I’m doing right now.  But it’s the work of the Holy Spirit to drive what you hear into your heart.  The greatest distance known to human kind – the distance from the head to the heart.  

    Most of you are familiar with – or at least you have heard the name Bono.  He is the lead singer of the rock group U2.  What some of you may not know is that Bono is a Christian.  So when asked if he believes the claim of Jesus' divinity –in other words his claim to be God – is farfetched, Bono replied with this statement.

    “No, it's not farfetched to me.  Look, the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: he was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy, had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucius.  But actually Christ doesn't allow you that. He doesn't let you off that hook. Christ says: ‘No. I'm not saying I'm a teacher. Don't call me teacher. I'm not saying I'm a prophet. I'm saying: ‘I'm the Messiah.' I'm saying: ‘I am God incarnate.’ (Big church word there.  What it means is “God in the flesh”).  So what you're left with is: either Christ was who he said he was — the Messiah — or a complete nutcase.”

    Obviously the first disciples of Jesus did not think him to be a nutcase.  They hung around long enough to see him crucified – and most importantly – rise from the dead.  They wrote about what they had heard and seen and experienced.  What we know about Jesus comes from them.  And by the way – I’m going to say it again – this is how we know that the resurrection of Jesus is true.  These disciples were martyred for what they knew to be true.  If the resurrection of Jesus Christ never happened – if it if a lie – if it is NOT rooted in a historical event in place and time – then it is these disciples who made it up.  Why did they go to their deaths when they could simply have recanted and said, “We just made that whole Jesus stuff up.”  They didn’t recant because they knew that what they had heard and seen and touched and experienced and proclaimed and wrote about really did happen.  

    All I ask of you is that you follow the evidence – follow it to where it leads you – follow all the evidence – and then let Jesus ask you the question.  “Who do you say that I am?”  Because one way or the other – you’re going to answer that question.  We all have to answer that question.  Whether it’s, “Aww, I don’t believe that stuff.”  Or “Jesus was a great man, a great teacher, but Son of God, Messiah? I just can’t go there.”  Or, “I believe that Jesus is exactly who he says he is.  I believe that Peter got it right.  That Jesus is indeed the Christ – the Messiah – the Holy One of God.  He is not just the Lord and the Savior – but he is Lord and Savior for me!”

    Listen!  How you answer the second question – “Who do YOU say that Jesus is?” means all the difference in the world.  For two reasons.  You hear us talk an awful lot about following Jesus and being his disciple.  Jesus repeats that in our Gospel lesson today when he says,

    “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  

    You see, Jesus realized that if people were going to follow him, and if his followers were going to be truly effective Christians in the world, they needed to know exactly who he was. They also needed to know precisely what was involved in being a Christian.

      So, we need to know who Jesus is.  Why would you follow anyone anywhere if you didn’t know who he or she is?  Why would you do that?  SO number one, if you want to be a disciple of Jesus Christ – if you’re willing to take up your cross and follow him – you have got to know who he is.  And you can’t rely on the answers of other people alone.   So number one – we need to know who Jesus is so that we know just what it is we’re getting into.

    And number two. And this is so important!  You have got to know who Jesus is because eternity hangs in the balance.  At the end of our Gospel lesson Jesus says, “Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

    When the coffee house was being worked on last spring, I had a conversation with one of the guys who was installing the floor.  He told me he once had a conversation with a priest who told him, “If you don’t believe in God, you’d better be right.”  Yeah!  If you don’t believe in God, you’d better be right.

    And the same goes for Jesus.  If you don’t believe Jesus is the Christ – you’d better be right.  Because eternity hangs in the balance.  SO “Who do you say that Jesus is?”  

    Listen!  If you are not yet at a point where you can answer, “I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah,” – if you’re not there yet – come talk to me.  Come talk to Pastor Becca.  Talk to her husband Will.  He’s got a fascinating story about how he came to faith in Jesus.

    But whatever your answer – you’d better be right.  Why?  Because eternity is too long to be wrong.  Eternity is too long to be wrong.  

    So just who is this Jesus?  If you’re still not sure – then let me simply encourage you to examine all of the evidence.  Come see me, and we can work together on that.   We have got to get this right!

    I like what Martin Luther, that great German theologian after whom this church is named, once wrote: “I care not whether he be Christ, but that he be Christ for you.”  So when it comes to Jesus Christ, are we asking the right question?  I think so.

     So what do you say?  Is Jesus the Christ?  Is he Christ for you?  Amen

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Wednesday, September 09 2015

Pastor Randy

Mark 7:24-37
    “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”  September is here again, and that means back to school.  Now I don’t know how all of you kids feel about that, but I can tell you how your parents feel about it.  Yeah, come this week, I expect to see a lot of high fives from you parents after those school buses pull away.

    Around here at ZLC we’re going to be getting things in gear again too.  Sunday School starts next Sunday.  And I hope you know that Sunday School is not just for kids anymore.  You adults can deepen your faith through a once a month class that uses music called “Tuning Into Our Faith.”   Every week there’s a Bible study called “Cross Connections,” and a second weekly choice on faith and life discussions using material from the “Life Tree Café” series.

    And of course for you 8th and 9th graders and 10th graders too, confirmation instructions begin next weekend!  Choirs will be rehearsing, the Coffee House will be dedicated next weekend, so September means a lot of things to a lot of people.  And this is a good place for us to be on this fine September weekend.  Christ-centered worship.  Fellowship.  Education.  We are here to hear that we are loved by God – to hear that our sins are forgiven – to receive instruction and encouragement.  

    There are lots of good reasons why you might be here today – lots of reasons why you go to church.  But I gotta tell ya, there’s something about that phrase, “go to church,” that I find I always want to correct.  It’s right up there with, “See you in church.”   What I want to say to you today is this: “Don’t just go to church.  Be the church.”  So if I say, “Don’t just go to church,” I’d like you to respond, “Be the church!”  So – “Don’t just go to church….”  (Be the church).  By George—I think you’ve got it!

Over the doors that lead to the parking lot is a sign that says, “Servants’ Entrance.”  You’ve seen it, right?  It’s on the way OUT of the building.  I want you to see it on your way out of the building – to remind you that that’s where the service begins.  When the worship is over in here – the service begins out there – through those doors.  

You see – you are the church.  And not just when you are here – but when you are out there.  You are the church and you show that you are the church – well, I should say, we are the church – and we show what being church looks like by how we live our lives the rest of the week.  What we say.  What we do.  How we do what we do.  The places where we go.   The places where we live out our faith – a faith that is nurtured and fed here in this place.  But you are the church – we are the church out there – in the places where we put our faith into action.

    In our Gospel reading today, we have two wonderful stories.  Both of them are healing stories.  But when you look beyond the healings – what I want you to see is that they are stories of faith.  They are stories of faith in action.  And notice carefully that these are not stories about the faith of those who were healed.  It is the faith of those who interceded on their behalf that I want to focus on.

    In the first case, it is the Syrophoenician woman – a gentile – an outsider to the Jewish faith – who exercises faith and comes to Jesus on behalf of her daughter.  She stands up to Jesus even when he – quite frankly – calls her a dog.  But she persists.  “Yes Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the children’s table.”  Jesus is amazed at HER faith, and immediately her daughter is healed.

    In the second story, we meet a group of people known only as “They.”  “They” brought to Jesus a deaf man.  “They” begged him to lay his hand on him.  And Jesus with a word “Ephphatha” – “Be opened” – heals this deaf, mute man.

    But in both cases I want you to see that it is the faith action of others – that brings about the results that they seek.  This does not mean that our individual faith is not important.  It is!  But what this says to me is that:

1.     We are not Christians in isolation. We need each other.  We need to meet together as often as we can.  I am a firm believer that God’s people want and need to be together with God’s people.  To be the church together!  Why is that important?  Well – because church matters.  You see, we need the faith that each one of us brings to this place.  I need the faith that each one of you brings to this place.  Why?  So we can learn and grow and worship and find fellowship together.  We need to meet together as often as we can here in this place.  

2.    But the second thing – again – is when we leave this place – when we leave here – that is when the service begins.  
    SO our worship of God is important.  It is one of the six marks of discipleship.  To worship every week.  Another one of those six marks is to serve others at Zion and beyond.  Again, when we leave this place – that is when our service begins.  

    Back to our Gospel reading.  The Syrophoenician woman comes to Jesus out of love for her daughter.  The unnamed, unidentified people who bring the deaf man to Jesus do so out of love for their friend.  They come to Jesus NOT for themselves.  And by their actions, they show what is on their hearts.  

    And then – strange thing – in the case of the healing of the deaf man – Jesus orders them NOT to tell anyone about him or about what he has done for them.  But do they listen to Jesus?  Nooooo.    We are told that the more he ordered them not to say a word, the more they proclaimed it.  

    Hey, listen!  These stories are written not just because they are interesting stories about a man named Jesus who lived a long time ago.  No.  They are written for our instruction.  They are written to encourage us.  

    You see, Jesus cannot stay hidden.  And he no longer asks people – he no longer asks us to remain silent about him.  In fact, he commands us to do just the opposite.  Remember?  In Matthew 28 he says, “Go into all the world, and make disciples of all people, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

    And that is why we are called to be more than just people who go to church.  We are to be the church.  We have already received God’s love – God’s grace – God’s mercy – God’s forgiveness.  But we are more than just recipients of these things.  We are also the messengers.  We are the conduits of God’s love and grace and mercy and forgiveness.  We cannot keep silent.

    So where are we going to find men and women and children like the Syrophoenician woman – people like the friends of the deaf man – men, women and children who will bring their loved ones to a place where they can encounter the living Christ?  Where are we going to find people like that?  You know where.  And so do I.  Pastor Becca and I are counting on you –we are relying on you – to do the inviting.  Because we don’t know the people you know.  And then once people are here – we are counting on you to do the greeting as well.  I mean, we’ll do that too.  But it really means something when someone other than the pastor says hello to people who are here for the first, or the second, or the third, or more – times.  

    We are a growing church.  Ask anyone who has ever joined Zion how they came here in the first place, and it may be the case that they found us on the internet.  Fair enough.  BUT it will be more highly likely that they – that any one of you are here because someone invited you, or told you about us.  That’s living life – putting faith into action – both inside and outside of this building.

    So let me make a request.  It’s something all of us can do.  We get a lot of visitors at this church.  And we do a pretty good job of making people feel welcome.  But I feel the need to say it again.  We are all involved in what I call the ministry of hospitality.  And this is why I really want to encourage everybody to wear your name tag.  It just makes the job of hospitality so much easier.  And Pastor Becca would reeeally appreciate it too!  Hey!  She’s been here just two months, and she’s trying to learn all of your names.     
   
    Anyway.  With that name tag on you’re ready to go.  When you see somebody you don’t know, you can walk up to them and say, “Hi!  I am so and so.  I don’t believe we’ve met.” And let the conversation flow from there.  Everyone can be a minister of hospitality – whether you’re sharing the peace – and by the way – don’t reach past the person you don’t know to shake hands with a friend that you do know.  Shake the hand of the person you don’t know first – and greet the friend second.  Friends – this is so important.  Just remember the word SAGE.  Anybody remember what that means?  Smile and Greet Everybody.  

    Yesterday was my beloved wife Nancy’s and my 33rd wedding anniversary.  We went to dinner at Russell’s.  If you’ve ever been there then you know that Russ Salvatore greets you – as he greets everybody as though you are his best friend.  Since we were coming from two different directions, Nancy got there first, and Russ greeted her by saying, “Hello gorgeous!”  Well, of course I can’t greet people here that way at Zion, but there’s something to be said about greeting people with a smile and a handshake that says, “Glad to see you here!”

Listen!  I guess what I am saying – what I want you to hear today – can be boiled down to two words.  Invite and welcome.  Invite and welcome.  Like the Syrophoenician woman – like the friends of the deaf man – bring someone you know to meet Jesus here in this place.  And don’t give up!  Be persistent.  

Let me share with you a story.  “In Keeping Pace, Ernest Fitzgerald relayed the true story of a magazine company which several years ago purchased a new computer. Its function was to compile data and send out subscription notices to customers whose subscriptions had lapsed. One day something went wrong with the machine, and before the error was discovered (about a month later), a certain rancher in Colorado had received 9,374 notices that his subscription had expired. Someone in the magazine office posted the letter the company received from him. Inside was a check for one year's subscription along with a handwritten note saying: ‘I give up! Send me the magazine.’  He was won over by their consistent, persistent attention.

Folks, may I suggest to you, that persistence – stick-to-it-tiveness – works when it comes to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with others.  Don’t stop praying, and don’t give up on anybody.  

I don’t know anything about the singing group, “One Direction,” that was here in Buffalo this week.  But when it comes to getting the word out about Jesus Christ – I have one direction I want to give you – and that’s learning what it means to be the church.

You see, being the church matters.  How we live our lives in front of others.  Compassionate.  Forgiving.  Showing kindness.  The smile that’s always there.  The warm handshake or hug when they are needed.  Doing what’s right.  Words are important, but it’s the actions of our lives that say the most, wouldn’t you agree?  Doing what’s right.  These are the things that win people over to Jesus Christ.   
 
    Our Gospel lesson today started out by saying that Jesus entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there.  Yet, he could not escape notice.  The reading ends with Jesus ordering the people to tell no one about the healing miracle.  Yet, the more he ordered them, the more they proclaimed it.  

    Friends – the Good News – the Gospel of Jesus Christ cannot be hidden.  It cannot be silenced.  It cannot be kept secret.  And we are the ones who will not let that happen.

    Hey! Let’s get the word out.  Invite and welcome.  AND – Don’t just go to church – (Be the church!)      Amen

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Wednesday, September 02 2015

Pastor Becca

Anyone remember high school gym class? Anyone block it out of their memory because it scarred them for life?

When I was in high school, I was what I liked to call “selectively athletic”. I probably still am. I was really good at some sports. I was a fast runner so I could run a 7 minute mile (which apparently isn’t that fast, but was fast enough for the track team wanting to recruit me), I was decent at tennis, and even though I couldn’t guard someone too well, I was pretty good at shooting hoops. And I could even throw a football due to my Dad’s teaching me when I was young, so playing flag football with the other young women in class meant I was always the quarterback. But as far as most other sports go I was pretty dismal.

Every year in high school gym class, we had a unit on archery. You know, bow and arrow, shoot the target stuff. And every year I would memorize the ten steps of archery, in the hopes that it would actually make me good at it. Stance, finger placement, hand placement, bow arm, draw string, anchoring, holding, aiming, release, and follow through.

But no matter how much I memorized these steps, no matter how much I practiced and went through them in my head as I did them, I was still terrible. Katniss I was not. Most of the time, I missed the target completely. And if I did hit the target, it would be outside of the very outside circle of the 5 circle bullseye. I was aiming for the center of the bullseye, but I kept missing the mark.

In our reading from the Gospel of Mark, we hear about the religious leaders, the Pharisees, getting upset because the followers of Jesus weren’t following the traditions of washing their hands before eating. They are worried about the act of eating becoming impure within the religious tradition, unclean, or as Jesus says, defiled.

And Jesus says to all of the people who are there: “Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15 there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”21 For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22 adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

So basically, Jesus is saying that things aren’t messed up because evil things are coming into us via our inability to follow the religious rules of the time properly. Things are messed up because we have evil intentions in our hearts. We end up doing the wrong things because we have the urge to do them, from inside of us.

As the old cartoon strip Pogo so famously put it, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

Jesus is talking about our struggle with sin. Sin is when in thought, word, or deed, we fail to be or do what God wants us to be or do—OR when we do what God doesn’t want us to be or do. Sin causes a separation between us and God, and a separation between us and those we sin against.

In Greek, the language the New Testament was written in, the word used for sin is hamartia. That word literally translated means “to miss the mark.” Sin is missing the mark, not hitting the middle of that bullseye where God wants us to be.

Because here’s the thing. We want to hit that mark. We want to do the right thing. We want to do what God wants us to do.

But just like how no matter how hard I tried in archery to hit the middle of that target, no matter how much I practiced and memorized what I had to do, I still couldn’t do it. I think I did it maybe once or twice the whole four years of high school. And no matter how much we practice and memorize what God wants us to do, we still can’t always hit that bullseye. We still miss the mark.

Paul, the writer of many of the letters to people in the New Testament in our Bible, recognized this problem. He gets up close and personal with his struggle with sin and his missing the mark.

He says in his Letter to the Romans, chapter 7: “5 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17 But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.”

He says, “I do not do the thing I want, but I do the very thing I hate….sin dwells within me.”

Paul is saying exactly what Jesus is telling everyone in our reading today. Our urge to sin comes from deep inside of us. We know what we have to do. And sometimes we do it. But we do the opposite a lot of times, because sin is so deep within us that we miss the mark we are aiming for.

So if the urge to sin is inside of us, now what? We know we stink at life sometimes. We know that no matter how much we aim to do what God wants us to do, we will frequently miss the mark.

Well, Paul actually answers that for us. After Paul laments a bit more about doing the opposite of what he and God wants him to do, he says: “24 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

So who is the one who saves us from this vicious cycle of sinning….? Jesus. When we see ourselves missing the mark constantly, it makes us realize that we need Jesus.

Only through Jesus are our sins forgiven. Only through Jesus are our sins put to death on the cross where he died and took our sins on himself. Only through Jesus do we realize that we are loved despite the fact that we continue to sin. Only Jesus, our Lord and Savior, does all this for us. Only Jesus.

Our missing the mark means that we are totally dependent on the only one who can handle our sin. We can’t do this ourselves. Jesus is the one who did it and does it for us.

And when Satan and our own minds try to tell us that even Jesus won’t want us, that we are damaged goods, that we are beyond help, we can say NO WAY. We know that Jesus died for us so that we can be saved from our own awfulness. Martin Luther put it this way in one of his sermons in 1532:
“Here shall a Christian learn how to grasp and use the Gospel message, when the time of battle is come and the Law attacks and accuses him, and his own conscience tells him: this wrong you have done, and you are a sinner, and what you deserve is death, and so on, that at such a time he may with true confidence reply: Alas, I am a sinner and I have well deserved death. You are right, but condemn and kill me on that account you shall not. There is One who will hinder you, who is called my Lord Christ, whom you have accused and murdered, although He was innocent.
But do you not know how you were burnt and bruised by Him, thus losing all your rights over me and all other Christians? For he bore sin and death, not for His own sake, but for me. Therefore I grant you no right over me, rather I have a right over you, because you attack me although I am innocent, you who were before conquered and condemned by Him, so that you should leave me in peace. For I am no longer merely a child of man; I have become the child of God; for I have been baptized in His blood and His victory, and arrayed in all the riches of His bounty.

Behold, in such a manner must all Christians arm themselves with the victory of Christ and repel the devil with it.”
We have the victory over sin and death and the devil because of Jesus Christ. He doesn’t leave us to fend for ourselves. He is with us, fighting with us, helping us.

There is an old story about a man who was walking on a road, that was very slick from the rain. He lost his footing and fell into a ditch filled with mud. He kept sinking deeper and deeper in the mud. The more he struggled to get out of the ditch, the deeper he sank.

As he was sinking in the mud a man came by. The man looked at him and said, "My, what a predicament you are in. Here is a paper that tells you ten ways to get out of ditches." The man started reading and he tried all ten ways to get out of the ditch, only to discover that the harder he tried the deeper he sank.

Then a woman came along and looked at him, and said, "You are in a terrible situation, but I have good news for you. If you’ll take 5 steps toward me, I’ll take 5 steps down to meet you, and then together we will walk out of the ditch."

But the man said, "I couldn’t even take the 5 steps. The more I struggle the deeper I sink in the mud."

Then Jesus came by. Jesus looked at him. Jesus got down in the ditch with him and he pulled him until his feet were on solid ground once again.

No matter how much we try ourselves, we cannot get out of the ditch of sin. Only Jesus can pull us out and get us to solid ground. Only Jesus gets into the ditch with us and pulls us out. We have an amazing savior, and amazing God, who gets into the muddiness, the dirtiness of our lives and helps us.

So when you are down, when you keep messing up and sinning and missing that mark no matter how hard you try, look to the one who pulls you out and saves you and forgives you and helps you. Look to Jesus. Amen.

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