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Exodus 2; Luke 5; Job 19; I Corinthians 6


This morning we read about the calling of Matthew. He was a tax collector. Not a very honorable vocation in the sight of the Jewish people. Tax Collectors were historically crooked individuals who would gouge the people they collected from and usually took some for themselves. So Jesus calls Matthew (read below):

27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 So, leaving everything behind, he got up and began to follow him.
29 Then Levi hosted a grand banquet for him at his house. Now there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others who were reclining at the table with them. 30 But the Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
31 Jesus replied to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a doctor, but those who are sick.  have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:27-31 [CSB])

Sometimes the newer you are in Christ the more creative you are in sharing your new found faith. Here Matthew gathers his friends for a banquet to introduce to them his new found Savior, Jesus. Funny thing, Matthew knows a lot of tax collectors and sinners. And of course the Pharisees take issue with Jesus eating with them. And what is Jesus’ bottom line through all of this? We see it in the last verse he likens them to the sick and says it’s the sinners and calling them to repentance.

Perhaps you should throw a party for all your unsaved friends and invite someone who can explain the gospel in a non threatening relational way. Or perhaps you throw a watch party and show a Christian film that gets the point across. There are so many ways we can share our faith that doesn’t include grabbing someone by the collar or hitting them over the head with a Bible. What can you do? What can I do? this is our assignment this week. What can you do to share the gospel with your friends in a fresh and creative way. Share your ideas in the comments section… We may just start an evangelism movement!

Father God help us all to unleash the creative minds You have given us to plan ways to reach our friends for You. Thank You for saving us and give us that divine passion to introduce others to Jesus. I pray all this in the saving name of Jesus, Amen!

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Leviticus 23; Psalm 30; Ecclesiastes 6; 2Timothy 2

Relaxation and rest. Reflection and confession. Good food and stories. Offerings, parties and celebrations. Loud music, camping and community.  God set aside such days, weeks and years as being holy and sacred.  The Jewish calendar had rhythm and purpose. Sabbath rest, refraining from work wasn’t an option. It was a command. It was a call home to hear the tender voice of God, an invitation to relax in the time and space he created to pour out his healing and presence. It was a time of remembrance. A time to tell stories of God’s wild love for his people.

Life doesn’t have to be that “same old grind.” I want my days to have that same kind of sacredness, joy and creativity as the Jewish calendar.  I want to set aside the time to celebrate celebrate what God’s done and is still doing by sharing  meals and conversation with friends and family. When I  go to church, I can push away the events of the week long enough to let the sound of voices and instruments praising God wash over me and set my attention on him. I want to take the time to be still long enough to soak in the fact that He loves me no matter what. There are an infinite number of ways, large and small to celebrate God’s love. I pray I am more intent on celebrating.

When the hard days arrive, God’s grace will be at work and I can agree with the Psalmist who wrote, “You turned my wailing into dancing. You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!” Psalm 30:11-12.


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