After we heard the Readers’ Theater present John 20:1-18, Hans spoke to us of how the early Christians were changed by having witnessed the evidence of Jesus’ Resurrection. Also he told the story of how a communist official was not able to convince a group of Russian Orthodox Christians that the Resurrection of Jesus was not true.
Joe shares about a passion of his, the way land is used and how it is taxed. He drew from Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16, and Leviticus 25:23 and God’s admonishment that the land is not ours, but God’s, and that we are not to profit from it, but rather from the work of our hands and minds. Joe also provided the text of his talk as a pdf.
Brenda used the story of the Magi arriving from foreign lands to point out the the new-born Jesus was willing to receive people who were different from him. Just as we put the porch light on for Halloween to indicate that we are willing to receive guests, even from other neighborhoods, we should be willing to do so, even for those who disagree with us. The scriptures were Isaiah 60: 1-6; and Matthew 2: 1-12