St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Karnes City: Burn Up
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Jesus said, “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Luke 12:49). This text needs to come with emoticons (the little smiley faces appended to text messages and social networking posts) to indicate what Jesus was thinking when he said this. Was he angry? Was he frustrated? Was he thinking of the refining fires of God’s judgment? Was he thinking of the searing fires of God’s justice? Was he thinking of the purifying fires of God’s love?

A previous pastor of St. Paul’s was fond of saying, “Jesus came to comfort the afflicted, and to afflict the comfortable.” Those seeking comfort will have a difficult time. This is more of a challenging text for us, who have a tendency to become too comfortable in our faith. The challenge is to follow Jesus on the journey to Jerusalem: to the cross and beyond. To lose our self in the burning fires of his love for us, so that as St. Paul wrote, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Perhaps the comfort in this passage is this: Jesus come to us and kindles in us the fire of his passionate love for the world. He then sends us out to as his “fire-starters” in the world around us. This weeks “up”: Burn up!

St. Paul’s News and Notes: Next Sunday, Aug. 28, during worship, Alex Collins will provide a power-point presentation on his recent mission trip to Costa Rica; monthly potluck will follow the service. Women of St. Paul’s are collecting items for LWR school kits and for the physical offering at the Synod WELCA Convention this fall. St. Paul’s Quilters continue to meet every Monday at 9 a.m. (No quilting 9/2)… Have you discovered Faith Five? Give it a try today!
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