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John 8:31-36

2012-10-24 — Shhhh! It’s a secret.

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BIBLE PASSAGE — Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”

Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

— Reformation Day

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  1. Thom — 3531 days ago #

    I give thanks that Presbyterians are not like those Lutherans standing over there! We would never need to be reforming. Once is good enough for us!!! Tongue-in-cheekily, Thom

  2. Pr. Dennis Smith — 3531 days ago #

    Reform? What’s reform? ... Sounds an awful lot like “Change? What’s change?”

  3. Pastor Rich Moore — 3531 days ago #

    just becuase the only one who likes change is a baby in a dirty diaper doesn’t mean that they are the only ones in need of change. May whatever changes are made in our churches be led by the Spirit and cause us to be better servants of the Most High.

  4. Elizabeth — 3531 days ago #

    Lutherans losing sight of the Gospel?! Never! :-) However, there may be a few Zwinglians hiding under Lutheran sheepskin.

  5. Rev Paul M Dobberstein — 3529 days ago #

    Missouri Synod has already tried to avoid reform. Yes, the Gospel is usually there, but we’ve lost the real point of what the Gospel means in our daily lives. We teach confirmation as if memorizing some formula is more important than knowing Jesus and your faith. We forget leadership and take to “those people have the money, you have to lsiten to them.” Where has Gsspel “backbone calcium” gone? Gone to money, everyone!

  6. Laurena Schuemann — 1704 days ago #

    (congregational member) If we had a band and a coffee shop and a stage with good lighting and an up-to-date sound and video system, THEN our congregation would really blossom! And a 15 passenger van. And a pop machine.

  7. Bruce Klaiss — 1703 days ago #

    One reason people shy away from reform, of course, is that it means change. Change is always scary, because it means adding an element of the unknown, when you’ve grown comfortable with the status quo. We probably all, in all denominations (I’m Episcopalian), need an occasional blast from an air-compressor hose to clean out the dust and cobwebs, and sit down to re-evaluate from time to time.

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