Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Is your faith great?
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Teaching that purity of the heart should be practiced rather than outward religious observation through deed was the focus of the homily presented by the Rev. Wally Schievelbein, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, on the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.

A Gentile woman asks Jesus for healing for her daughter. When Jesus tells her that his mission focuses on Israel, she challenges him. Jesus is reminded that God’s kingdom is not exclusive but includes the whole world. The distraught woman had caught an early glimpse of that larger vision.

All are assured that salvation comes through baptism. For assistance one can pray 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: God is always there. Just as the Gentile woman revealed her courage and faith in requesting help, one knows one can approach Jesus with their difficulties. When things get harsh, faith is being tested. Rain will come but not yet. Healing for the sick will be given, but results are not seen immediately. God has not forsaken anyone and is always ready when called upon.

The Gentile woman had faith and insisted that she be helped with her daughter. Moses was the first to see faith in asking that the world be saved from destruction as long as even one, five or ten had faith in Him.

In contrast, the disciples wanted to send the woman away. They reminded Jesus he had enough to do among their own people. But Jesus simply said, “Let it be done as you ask.” Not everyone can understand why Jesus would share his treasures with outsiders.

Enthusiastically and with gusto one goes forth to share God’s message and power with others. When something incredible happens through faith, one is challenged to share what He had done for them. In doing so, one indicates their belief that one is God’s child. Not only does such sharing reveal what God has done for all but to boisterously show faith but also to inspire faith in those one tells.

Good Shepherd Lutheran will continue their worship regardless, but the church requests that others in the community join on Sunday, particularly the Eleven Sunday after Pentecost. Service begins at 9:30 a.m. and is followed by Adult Sunday School at 10:45 a.m.
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