Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Counting the cost
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Explaining the fearsome cost of discipleship and bondage to Jesus was the thought given in the homily of the Rev. Wally Schlievelbein, pastor of Kenedy’s Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, on the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

The words of Jesus as given in Luke 14: 25-35 are difficult to follow. He warns us that following him means carrying the cross of love and suffering. Following Jesus means letting go of everything else dear to us in order to pick up that cross. Those who follow Jesus should know from the beginning that completing the course of discipleship will finally mean renouncing all other allegiances.

One who follows must be willing to give up all the possesions. Possess possession but do not allow possession to possess you. If one’s house were to burn down, what would be missed? This factor was described where in a similar incident, his mother found the family pictures irreplaceable. The pastor himself, as a young person, worried about the damage done to a car which he idolized.

The possessions or stuff one has in life are only temporary. Eventually all possessions go to some one else. One enters this life without any possessions. Upon death, one returns to the eternal home without any possessions.

One should be willing to share. God puts people in your path who need help but who will never repay or replace what you give. God loves you and them but continues to forgive both you and others.

Jesus chose to carry the cross. Instead of defending himself, he chose to give himself away for the good of all. The cost of being a Christian means one must let go of our defensiveness, when one “hates” what dear ones think of us in order to follow Christ more closely. One might be called to do disgusting deeds for God, knowing we will not be paid for them. One must be willing to care for both the cruel and the kind of the world. One must bear those wishes and trust that the love, forgiveness and friendship of Jesus are all that is needed. God challenges one to be willing to give up possessions in his service.

Visitors are welcomed to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church to be inspired by the word of the Lord. Children and adults are invited to attend Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. The family may choose to attend the Contemporary Service at 8:30 a.m. or the Traditional Service at 10:45 a.m.
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