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St. Paul Lutheran Church, Runge: Who is my neighbor?
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John Grisham has written quite a few best sellers with a lawyer as the main character and always a problem and questions are always asked just as the lawyer in the Gospel lesson from Luke chapter 10 did when he asked Jesus, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?". Jesus answered, "What is written in the Law?" to which the man answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."

Jesus then told the parable of the good Samaritan to explain to this "scholar of the law" the meaning of "who is my neighbor". By telling a story about a Samaritan who did the right thing when other experts in the law like the priest and the Levite didn't, Jesus made it clear that it doesn't take years of study to know how to love God and love our neighbor. It just takes the courage and humility to do what is right. Our neighbor is precisely the one who has a greater need than we do in the present moment. Our neighbor is not the person most like us, not the person we love best, and not even the person who will repay us the favor. Jesus reminds the favor-seeking lawyer that those who help others do so because they have not lost touch with their own need for help. Jesus final words are "Go and do likewise."

Next week July 22-26 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each day our church will be soaring into the clouds as we have VBS with the theme SKY. All children ages three through sixth grade are encouraged to join us for a fun, exhilarating week. Teenagers can come too to join in the fun as helpers. Just call 239-4311 or 239-4616 to preregister or come the first day with parents to register. St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge is located at 409 N. Wilbern. Sunday worship services begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by fellowship and Bible Study.

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