Tuesday in the Seventh Week of Easter

Text: Matthew 8:18-27

Prayer Pointers:

For travelers

For teachers of the Word

For boldness to follow the Master

These encounters “on the road” follow on the conversation Jesus has with the centurion and the act of healing that arises from it. We looked at the centurion yesterday for his relationship to authority but notice that all of the things that follow begin because the centurion seeks Jesus out; he does not send another, he does not ask Jesus to come to him, but goes to Jesus directly.

In each of these road encounters, as people seek Jesus out, the clear implication is that to be with Jesus is to accept that he is sufficient, and more so, for every challenge of life. The scribe is told that his desire to be with Jesus will mean that there will be no security other than what is found in Jesus himself. The disciple who wishes to leave and bury his father is told that even sensible, reasonable acts must be reevaluated in light of who Jesus is.

The storm is another example; the disciples, even the experienced boatmen, are afraid, sure that the furious storm will drown them all. Jesus, Lord of all things, commands the wind and the rain and there is calm.

It is for this reason that Luther could issue his famous (if misunderstood) aphorism: sin boldly but believe more boldly still. Seek Jesus! Go where he is! Trust his wisdom, his power, his love, for he is more powerful than even your sinning. If your decisions glorify him and serve your neighbor, then trust him for the results, and no storm will shake you. Always cling to Jesus, our Rock and our Salvation.

Easter joy ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


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Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.