Seeing The World Differently
The unconditional love of God, the grace He offers, and the forgiveness he provides transforms our hearts and how we look at the world we live in. Just like a vision impaired person putting on corrective lenses for the first time, we suddenly see our world in whole and clear new way when we read what Jesus is saying in the parables in Matthew 13. The love of God transforms everything and we are free from fear, guilt, shame, greed, and selfishness! How are you seeing with the eyes of Christ and living in a transformed world?
A Mixed Bag
Everyday we deal with spam email and junk snail mail and sometimes in our haste we throw away or miss some of the good stuff while tossing away those undesired items. Likewise, we see that in our world most things are not totally good or totally evil, rather they are in the grey area. So life is, then, a "mixed bag". Throughout history of mankind we can see where people tried to set up their version a "utopia" which contained only their "select few" - and all failed. Jesus said to let the weeds and the wheat grow together until the time of the harvest. We have been promised by our Lord that our judgement day will be a great and glorious day! Allelujah!!
How Is Your Garden Growing?
Weeds!! Everyone has them! This week at First Lutheran we will be discussing Jesus telling us the "Parable of the Weeds Among The Wheat" in Matthew 13. What unhealthy fruit might we be producing? Where are the weeds in our lives that need removing? God has given us Jesus, the ultimate gift of Grace and Unconditional Love. Let us celebrate this gift as we seek to bear great fruit in our homes and the Galveston community and the world.
Galveston Island Quilt Show Hosted By First Lutheran Church
Lila Peterson is the featured quilt artist for 2017 Galveston Island Quilt Guild "Quilt Show". In her 25 years of quilting she has made around 200 quilts and enjoys machine appliqué. She just celebrated her 91st birthday and her expertise and willingness to share has been a tremendous both to the entire guild.
The Seed Story
This week at First Lutheran Church in Galveston we will look at the the "Parable of the Sower" in Matthew 13. Jesus actually tells this story to the general public but then he passes this story off directly to his disciples - for the Church. What type of seeds are we, the Church, sowing? What kind of soil are we? Are we listening to Jesus? Come and discuss this parable with us this week at First Lutheran! #GalvestonBackPew
The Yoke of Jesus is a Way of Life
People have a tendency to want God to like the things they like (and to not like what they don't like). Too often we play judge and jury, and try to "improve" what God has done. In Matthew 11, Jesus says "take upon my yoke upon you" and what he means is that we don't need to take the weight of the world on our own shoulders, but rather we just need share the yoke and do His work with Him. This is a calling to a way of everyday life that starts in our homes and neighborhoods as we share the radical compassion of Jesus with others - just as He taught us to do.