Wednesday 4/1

Hello from Pastor Ken's Garage Study!

Sepphoris.

It is not a virus or a disease. It was a Roman economic colony during Jesus' lifetime. Jesus grew up in Nazareth only 9 miles from there. He must have known about it but never mentions it. He never blasts them for being Roman or for treating his Jewish people unfairly. He never mentions them. He did not agree with Roman policies. Many of his teachings showed that. But why did he not take them straight on?!

Big problems, social and economic injustices, and wars all exist in our world. Especially now the news daily overwhelms us. We deny we can make a difference so many of us to survive just go about our business. We may even accept some of the imbalances as a compromise. We have to play the game to survive. At what cost to our souls?

Jesus did not attack Sepphoris or Rome but he also did not cooperate with injustice or violence. In fact, the way he lived his life and the message of love and taking care of the least of these became a threat to three empires - Israel's powerful religious leaders, King Herod of Israel, and Rome. It says in Luke 23:12 that Pilate and Herod became friends when they teamed up against Jesus. Jesus did not play the game to survive and it cost him his life.

But did it? He rose again on Easter Sunday. His good news, love, and forgiveness continue to spread and change lives. He died to the power hungry ways of living and kingdoms of this world. He rose again to new life.

How different am I willing to live to follow Jesus? 'For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?' Luke 9:24-25

Keep your soul and join the ranks of followers changing the world one soul at a time.

Together in Christ.

Tuesday 3/31

Daily Encouragement 3 31 PicFrom Pastor's Ken's Study...

A friend asked me recently what lines they should draw in the sand and not waiver on. He noticed those 'lines' often create great opportunities to apologize and ask forgiveness for being judgmental or hypocritical.

We thought about Jesus. Listen to how they criticized Jesus. They said this to try and trap him. 'Teacher, we know that you're genuine and you don't worry about what people think. You don't show favoritism but teach God's way as it really is.' Mark 12:14.

Really?! That's all they had on Jesus. My friend and I concluded that if we were ever going to have to apologize for our beliefs and behavior - our 'lines in the sand' - it would be for loving people too much, giving people too much grace and too much mercy.

Jesus said to love God with everything, love our neighbors as ourselves, not to judge, and to take care of the least of these. Those are our 'lines in the sand'.

If we have to apologize for those, we could do it standing tall.

There are a ton of things to believe in today. Believe in God. Believe in God's image in your neighbor AND in you. Err on the side of grace every time.

Together in Christ.

Monday 3/30

Daily Encouragement 3 30 picFrom Pastor Ken's Loft...

Answers. Yes, I did it! I know. Mercy and Grace please! At the end of my interview with Valerie Brown (which she was awesome, right?!) I reached over and shook her hand. What world am I living in?! Next time I expect sanitizer in the eyes!

Answers. We want answers. Christians often turn to the Bible to find every answer. In our series, 'Can I Trust the Bible,' I tried to help us go to the Bible for more than answers. 'Jesus Christ uses the Bible to knock at the door of your heart (Revelation 3:20) and through the Bible wants to come in and camp out with you (John 1:14).'

We do not have all the answers right now but we can find the Savior lovingly present in the midst of the trials of life. Maybe one of those parents building tents and forts with their kids has found it.

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Together in Christ!

Saturday 3/28

Weekly Update from Pastor Ken's Loft!

See a video message from Pastor Ken and Teresa at Mantenonaz FB Group.
No services at our physical building this week, March 29th, or next week, April 5th.
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Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through him who strengthens me! (Even when we Shelter at Home!)