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“The Kingdom of Heaven is…” (Cultivating Discipleship #2)

Donald R. Elly, M.Div. SCRIPTURES: Gen. 28:10-19a; Ps. 139:1-12, 23-24; Rom. 8: 12-25; *Matt.13:24-30, 36-43 When you hear someone say “Kingdom of Heaven” what picture comes to mind?  Where do you imagine that the Kingdom of Heaven is in your … Continue reading

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“Bushels of Abundance” (Cultivating Discipleship #1)

SCRIPTURES: Gen. 25:19-34; Psalm 119:105-112; I Cor. 3:1-9; Gal. 5:13-26; *Matt. 13:1-9, 18-23 Don Elly, M.Div. Over the next three weeks the focus of the Gospel of Matthew is on chapter 13 where the challenge of following through on Jesus’ … Continue reading

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“Yoked Together! Now What?”

Don Elly, M.Div. Jesus I imagine is very frustrated. He has been busy proclaiming the presence of the Kingdom of Heaven (God) by teaching, healing the sick, and casting out demons—all signs that God is active.  Jesus is so successful … Continue reading

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Practicing Hospitality in the Midst of Disruption

Don Elly, M.Div. Two words as one reads the text for this morning in the NRSV stand out for our consideration because the use of them frames and dominates the passage: The first is welcome, the second is whoever. The word welcome … Continue reading

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Two Sparrows and a Head of Hair

Don Elly, M.Div. Aging by its very nature makes one cautious; yes, even fearful.  There is the dawning awareness of the transitory nature of human existence. “Here today, gone tomorrow” describes not just a vagabond, but the sudden awareness of … Continue reading

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A Collage of Challenge and Hope

Donald R. Elly, D.Min. As I reflected on the experience of welcoming Pentecost with its gifts of wind and fire and the rich sharing that took place together while still physically distant, the words of Paul in Romans 15:13 are … Continue reading

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Go Be the Church

Donald R. Elly, M.Div. Matthew in our text describes Jesus as traveling about the countryside of Galilee (all the cities and villages) “…teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, and curing every disease…every sickness and…having … Continue reading

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“And this is eternal life….”

Donald R. Elly, M.Div. Poet Philip Kolin’s beautiful poem flashed across the screen of my memory as I read this powerful third verse in Chapter 17, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, … Continue reading

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Love Blossoms Here!

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. Jesus is saying farewell to his hand- selected followers as they celebrate a final Passover meal together. First, Jesus says to them, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as … Continue reading

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Jesus, What are You Expecting of Us?

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” These words of Jesus, like so many of his words, need to be read in context —- meaning the whole phrase or thought is needed so we know … Continue reading

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