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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Much is given; much is required
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Instead of facing life with fear, those who know God’s generosity are always ready to receive from God and to give to others was the prevailing thought expressed in the homily by visiting Pastor Victor Anderson from Safe Harbor on the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Anderson spoke of a young man who did not prepare for college since none of his family had ever attended. When graduation came around, the young man did not have enough credits. A friend’s father offered to pay for his college but he had to refuse because he had not applied himself during his high school years. Life changes took over his life wherein he made the most of his opportunities. Finally at the age of 62 he graduated from college.

Abram struggled with the fact that he had no heirs to leave his possessions. God promised to give Sarah and him heirs if they would travel to an unknown place to receive their inheritance. Not knowing where they were going, they stayed in a foreign land, living in tents. By faith, he received the powers of procreation even through he was old and Sarah had been barren. Therefore, from one person, many descendants were born just as God had promised, as many as the stars in heaven or as the grains of sand on a beach.

We like to be in control of our life or at least think we are in control. One wants to know where we are going and what is going to happen. Many times what happens is not what we expected. Some times the unexpected things which happen are not so nice yet we know God is there taking care of us. None of us know what life will bring as we journey through it.

We needn’t sell all our worldly possession and flee to be ready for the Son of Man when he comes at the unexpected hour. Each day as we wait, we can obey Jesus’ call to share our treasure, proclaim God’s good news to the world, and minster to those who are in some kind of need. Our prayer then becomes that we be endowed with a generous spirit and help us to step out boldly to assist others. Much is given to us but much is required. As we journey though life, we don’t know how it will turn out and that is the glory of the journey.

There will be only one service on Aug. 18 at 9:30 a.m. Visitors are invited and welcome to attend. Adult Sunday School class will meet at 10-:45 following the traditional service.
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