Wednesday, November 7, 2012

welcoming the weak

Good evening friends,
I'd like to remind you that we're starting our new Boulevard discussion series: "Asking big questions when you don't know the answers." We're meeting at 8:30 at the Boulevard to talk about questions of life, meaning and whatever questions you might have. All are welcome regardless of what you believe.

Today's reading reminds us to use our gifts and strength to help others, not just ourselves. It also reminds us that everything begins with Christ. In Christ, God welcomes us at our worst and makes us one family in faith. Knowing that, we should also welcome each other graciously.

God bless,

Romans 15:1-7
We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor. 3For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” 4For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.

5May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, 6so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

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