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Monday, March 09 2015

I have been sharing thoughts with you about re-igniting your passion in your faith. I promised to share four dynamics which are integral to the process. The first three were; invitation, service, and commitment. Today, I will introduce the fourth with a passage from Luke's gospel.

 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him-and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."  -Luke 17:11-19.
This story of the cleansing of the ten lepers has all four dynamics for re-igniting your passion in your faith. See if you can identify the three I mentioned above; invitation, service, and commitment.
The fourth dynamic is the crescendo; namely worship! In this story all of the lepers did what they were told to do. However, one returned to Jesus and praised God.
At JCPC, the first principle that we list under our guiding principles is that "worship is the most important thing we do." The lepers were "doing their duty" by practicing their faith and showing to the priests that they had been healed. All healing comes from God. However, one had his passion re-ignited through worship.
Have you been in a rut as of late? Doing all the right things (at least most of them) yet, not quite feeling it? Come join us for worship and re-ignite your passion!

Prayer for Today
Thank you Lord for the healing you bring into our lives. Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we may praise your holy name and feel alive in our faith. Amen.

Posted by: Rev. Neal Kuhlhorst AT 09:03 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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