7. October, 2012Podcast, Worship, Worship Video Comments Off on Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

SALT is good!
Bible Readings Psalm 34, 1 Kings 19:3-8, Ephesians 4:30—5:2, John 6:41-51

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Pastor Paul A. Tullberg
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Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us

38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us. 41 I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.

Causing to Sin

42 “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where

“‘their worm does not die,
and the fire is not quenched.’
49 Everyone will be salted with fire.

50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

Everybody wants to be the boss. But Jesus teaches that God wants trusting service. The great sin is this: anything in me that gets in the way of such humble service devoted to his glory alone and in accord with His Word. What a powerful preaching of the law there is in this text! Would it ever occur to us to amputate our limbs if they got in the way of our entrance into heaven or of our service to one another? Would we not finally have to cut out our hearts, the seat of desire, and then amputate the head, the throne of memory? After all, the limbs are but the instruments of the heart and the mind, that is, ultimately of the soul itself. How will we amputate those? This is why the sinner cries out, God, be merciful to me, a sinner. Pardon, cleanse, and restore me, that I may serve not self but You, not for my own gain, but for the benefit of those who bear the cross with me!


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