In-person worship services will be held as scheduled this Sunday. Please use discretion when determining whether roads are safe for your personal travel.
If you are unable to travel, consider joining worship online HERE at 7:30, 9, 11 or 5pm, on-demand at Resurrection’s YouTube channel, or on TV at KMCI 38 at 8am or 11am.
We are watching the weather and at this time the Car Show is still on as scheduled for the public, open from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. We will keep you updated as conditions change.
31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we aren’t the slave woman’s children, but we are the free woman’s children. 5 1 Christ has set us free for freedom. Therefore, stand firm and don’t submit to the bondage of slavery again.
13 You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve each other through love. 14 All the Law has been fulfilled in a single statement: Love your neighbor as yourself [Leviticus 19:18]. 15 But if you bite and devour each other, be careful that you don’t get eaten up by each other!
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this.
The Apostle Paul planted new churches in the Roman province of Galatia (modern Turkey). After Paul left, “false teachers” began swaying people in Galatia to follow certain external rules and laws for God to accept them. Paul, in his letter, urged his readers to claim their spiritual freedom in Christ. Jesus words identified one of the “great commandments” (“love your neighbor as yourself”) as key to that freedom. Technology can greatly enhance or reduce our ability to live out that commandment.
O God, technology gives me a level and reach of communication Paul could only have wished for. Help me to use that freedom well, in loving and positive ways. Amen.
Apparently, the words I used most often on Facebook last year were “Rock Chalk Jayhawk.” (For readers outside of Kansas who aren’t college basketball fans, that’s the University of Kansas athletic fans’ chant.) Understandable in a National Championship year, I suppose, but what do I want my most used words to be this year?
Technology has brought us a world of possibilities, facts, connections, and fun. It has also brought us a world of cyber-threats, new ways to lie and steal, and heart-and-soul damaging bullying. How can we navigate and enjoy the one, without falling victim, or finding ourselves participating in, the other?
Technology has given us connection to the world and the freedom to explore it, but it’s not the kind of freedom Paul is talking about in Galatians 5:13-14. God has called us to freedom, but it’s the freedom to serve each other in love, not the freedom to use this grand tool to, as he says in vs. 15, “bite and devour each other,” or “get eaten up by each other.” Words have great impact, and our words can hurt. I know families where walls of words have been built, all online, that may separate them forever.
Is it possible to love your neighbor, and show the world joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control with others online as well as in person? I think Paul, in some part at least, shows us the answer. Just as Paul wrote encouraging words to the believers he had encountered in his travels, we can encourage one another in emails and texts and comments. I have a friend who texts and messages friends randomly, just to tell them what she appreciates about them and how she sees God using them. Receiving one of those messages can really brighten your day, and/or make you realize you can do more.
This year, I think I might like my most used words, in public and in private communication, to be words of love and encouragement. I also would like the words I most often read and ponder to be words that lead me back to this one certain thing: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, help us remember that technology doesn’t change the basic rules of living and caring you set down for us. Make our connections more than emojis and shout-outs to our favorite team. Help us use our words to share yours, and love and encourage all of our neighbors, near and far. Amen