The text for the sermon this week is familiar...perhaps too familiar (Matthew 14:13-21). It is the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 (men that is). It is the only miracle story that is included in all four gospels. We have heard the story of the five loaves and two fish from the time we were children and my fear is that we have become too blaise about it for the text to impact our hearts.
What is this story about? Is the story about Jesus' compassion on the crowd? Is the story about the disciple's conundrum and Jesus' response? Is the story about the power of Jesus to take care of our physical needs? Is the story about the gift of the fish and loaves which is only mentioned in John? With that said, what can this story say to us on Monday morning?
The question I want you to help me answer this week is this: have you ever seen a small gift turn into an incredible harvest? Have you ever seen a small offering blossom into wonderful ministry? Tell me about your experience...I may just use your story as a sermon illustration.
Thanks for reading the blog and the text for this week. My prayer is that God gives us all opportunities to take whatever gift we have and to give it freely to a world desperately in need.
And for the sport's corner...
It's July 25th, and the Braves have yet to make a trade for some bullpen help and a bat. They desperately need to if they are going to contend this October. The good news of the day is that the NFL lockout is all but over which means we will have something to do Sunday afternoons.