Walking With Jesus

August 23  “Walking With Jesus” Josh. 24:1-18;  John 6:60-69

“We believe and know that you are God’s holy one? John 6:68.

In both Joshua and John we are called to follow the One God.  We can use those verses to exclusivity say we are to worship the Jewish God, rather than see them as one expression of worshiping the One God who is revealed in many ways: as Buddha. Mohamed, as a Hindu, and so on.  In knowing Jesus as the way I have come to know the God who calls us to love one another, that is the heart of God.

Scott Adams says that we should “remember there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”  One young man came up to me recently to thank me for “saving his life,”, and I looked at him with a questioned look, and he said: “One night my mother and brother had been killed the day before and I was walking down the street and ran into you and you bought me something to eat, and we talked, really about nothing, but you showed me you cared, and that was enough, I decided not to take my life.”  Our acts of kindness flow.  I am asked how I know what to say to people–the answer is always I talk to everyone the same, for we are all human beings on the journey.

That is why it is important follow the advice of Dolores Huerta

“Giving kids clothes and food is one thing, but it’s much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important, and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people.” Service of people is simply being present to others.

For me God comes in the form of love, I encounter the greatest of all love in the face of Jesus of Nazareth, but to other people God comes in other ways, and we should respect that. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

We have all been born into a herding culture that commodifies animals, and we have all been affected by the cruelty, violence, and predatory competitiveness that our meals require and that our culture embodies.

We’ve also been taught to be loyal to our culture and relatively uncritical of it, to disconnect from the monumental horror we needlessly perpetuate, and to be oblivious to the disastrous effects this has on every level of our shared and private lives.
Dr. Will Tuttle

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