Tuesday in the Third Week of Easter

Text: Matthew 3:7-12

Prayer Pointers:

For strength in prayer

For neighbors on your street

For religious leaders

In his book Letters to Malcolm, C.S. Lewis wrote the following:

"Servile fear is, to be sure, the lowest form of religion. But a god such that there could never be occasion for even servile fear—a safe god, a tame god—soon proclaims himself to any sound mind as a fantasy. I have met no people who fully disbelieved in Hell and also had a living, life-giving belief in Heaven."

Many might balk at the idea of being afraid of God, but Lewis is pushing us to consider that being afraid has the advantage over being overconfident. Fear keeps us from substituting our own fond fantasies and wishes for what is real and stops us from being careless or inattentive. Much like the electrician who checks twice before working on a circuit, a healthy concern ensures we check our assumptions and theories about our lives.

God is real, with what Lewis called “sharp corners and rough edges,” meaning God is solid enough, strong enough that we simply cannot push him around or mold him according to our tastes. If we think about that fact, then we might at least be in the position of the Pharisees, who knew enough that they were at least aware that they should test their theories and make sure that they weren’t simply kidding themselves. John may be surprised or cynical, but maybe we should be glad that God can work even through a person’s calculated self-interest.

Easter joy ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

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.