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"Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'" Mt 13:30

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A Prayer For Freedom from Bondage

Gracious God, we come to you with the confidence of being your beloved sons and daughters.   We thank you for your gracious work of faith within us that continuously sets us free from bondage to the flesh.

But Lord, we confess that we do not always succeed to live in the spirit.  We confess that we are weak.  We have given in to temptation, we have not heeded your call to master sin in our lives.

 We have sinned against you, our neighbor and against our own selves.  Forgive us, we pray in Christ Jesus' name.

Lord, help our unbelief!  Increase our faith and trust in your saving power.  Give us confidence and perseverance, especially in prayer.  And help us to bring your healing love and truth to those we meet.



Sermon Excerpt

Sh*t Happens, Matthew 13:24-30
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

1. I find this parable very meaningful as in it Jesus acknowledges that bad things happen. They happen anywhere and to everybody. And they happen to good people. They are part of life. Jesus is not denying that bad things happen and that is in stark contrast to some religions and even Christian movements who deny that there is real suffering. The Christian Science denomination, for instance, believes that bad things, including illnesses, are not real. They are believed to be only symptomatic and that you can overcome these bad things by focusing on the positive, on healing--by ignoring their reality and power.

But Jesus is not teaching this, he acknowledges the reality of evil and suffering. And if you live in the real world, then you know that sh*t happens sometimes. Here are some humorous examples of when sh*t happens Ö..