God’s great plan for us…

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tree of the knowledge of good and evil

tree of the knowledge of good and evil

Gift:  Understanding – With the gift of understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.

Reading:  The LORD God gave man this order:
You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden
except the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
From that tree you shall not eat;
the moment you eat from it you are surely doomed to die.”  (Genesis 2:16-17)

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When you give it to them, they gather it;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.  (Psalm 104:27-28)

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Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them,
Hear me, all of you, and understand.
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.”  (Mark 7:14-15)

Observation:  I chose these readings yesterday morning to see if they matched what the group of us would choose at our lunch that same day.  The readings did not match exactly, but it is clear to me that the observations that I heard from the four of us that were gathered for lunch explained the meaning of these readings to me.  The general theme of our discussion centered around the fact that we should see our call to church as a reminder of who we are.   Also, when we receive the Eucharist we should consider it a reminder that we no matter the circumstances that surround us in life, we must continue to be who we are supposed to be, that is the person that God called us to be.  Mariah picked Psalm 104: verses 29-30 to reflect on, for the obvious reason that we are a new creation because of the power of the holy Spirit.  Kim added verses 21 and 23 from the 14th chapter of Mark to say that we should recognize these evils that we are capable of as a reminder of who we could be, if we allow ourselves to wander from the truth that is revealed in the glory of Jesus Christ who died to save us from this sinfulness.

(We shared a prayer that I almost wrote down, but decided it would be in poor taste for me to be taking notes during the prayer)

God bless you and thanks for reading!!!  Maybe we will see you next week…

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