Thought for the Day: You read a passage like this, and it makes you wonder if human beings have free will. Yet if folks can chase after idols, and cause injustice for orphans and do not defend the rights of those in need (some of the concerns of the Prophet Jeremiah), it sounds as if they have chosen to turn away from God. In fact, there would be no need for a prophet if there was no free will. It almost sound as if the prophet in this passage is chastising with a hint of sarcasm, as if to say, “You can’t control yourself, can you? You don’t seem to have any self control, any willpower to say, NO!” Technically, we all have the power, but we are constantly fighting a multitude of demons and principalities, including our egos and insecurities. There are a lot of voices that appear to seize and overtake our free will, but in most cases, we have chosen to surrender it. Today in worship, we will focus on discipleship, specifically choosing to follow Jesus. It is a choice, a daily choice. It might begin with a few words spoken with great sincerity in a time of desperation, but it must move beyond that moment. For all of us, no matter how long we claim to have been a Christian, there is never a moment when we’ve got this whole Jesus-thing figured out. It is an ongoing journey, whereby we stretch and struggle, regroup in prayer, take a few steps, even take a risk, maybe fall flat on our face. Some of the great witnesses in the ways of Jesus were also those who were never satisfied with faith as a status quo. If I want to follow, there will be constant movement because Jesus was and is always on the move.
Prayer: May I find peace in your amazing and unconditional love, O Lord, but in that peace I do not wish to find a negligent placidness. For the gift of peace I have received is what provides me the courage to stretch myself, acting boldly and fearlessly for the sake of your love. Amen.
TODAY’S WORSHIP SERVICE
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Rev. Bruce Frogge