The first lesson was Jesus did not state anything about mercy as he just told them to go and show themselves to the priests. Jesus rendered them tasks that did not necessarily make a lot of sense at the time, and He didn’t promise healing. Jesus often places us in stances that we should do, but other ways of doing things and other things we can do may be more inviting. The lepers had faith that Jesus could heal, so they obeyed His command. Trust God, His goodness, trust His good will toward you, and trust that He can make the difference you need. Even when things seem odd, this Gospel would encourage us to live each moment in cheerful dependence on God and His good will toward us.
Interestingly, that one was a Samaritan, the hated Gentile who said “Thank You” to Jesus. We could analyze at the proportion, one out of ten. Is that realistic? The main idea is that thanksgiving is far less common than no thanksgiving. Some people come to church by “duty” rather than out of the delight in the Lord. Some of us are among of the nine, and some of us have come to gracefully give thanks and praise for the profusion of blessings that Jesus has provided to each of us. Forgetting is even a sin.
This forgiveness, life, and salvation doesn't require of us a specific code of conduct, although there are always those who want to tell us that it does, such as that we must walk the Christian walk in order to be saved. But Jesus placed us free from our sin by His own. We are liberated and forgiven from the Law into the glorious liberty of the grace of God.
Jesus said, “Rise, and go your way; your faith has saved you.” We obtain all the good that we receive from God by grace through faith. Your faith, not your church attendance, or your good works, or your good thoughts, but your faith has saved you. Your Bibles may say, “Your faith has made you well,” but the original term of Jesus indicates literally, “Your faith has saved you.”
This tenth man obtained something more, because he believed something more, and acted on His faith. He acknowledged Jesus for who He is, and when he returned, he rendered thanks and praise to Jesus. He believed more than just the healing, but the salvation he received by grace through faith, just like we do.
Jesus said, “Your faith has saved you.” That faith should guide us to holy life. It should lead us to heartfelt thanksgiving. It should guide us to trust Jesus for more than just heaven and so guide us to do what Jesus has placed before us to do.
An article, Lutheran Voter Information Guide, provides excellent guidance in voting. You should investigate political candidates related to various issues. You may ask them (from the Guide):
- Are you willing to support changes to school funding that will honor the educational choices of all parents equally, including the choice of religious schools?
- Do you believe that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, should continue to receive either state or federal funds?
- Do you think it is proper for the government, at any level, to pressure its citizens into accepting a view of human sexuality that denies God’s good design in the social world by normalizing transgenderism and gender fluidity?
- Do you fully support the 1993 (Federal) Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) which currently protects people of faith from having the exercise of their faith unnecessarily restricted by the government?
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As we read David’s prayers (the Psalms), we see that David clearly understood his own sinfulness. He often begged for God’s mercy and he prayed for God to make him a better person. Where we see David most in sync with God’s heart was when David was quick to admit his guilt. And in times of great need, David looked to God for guidance and help.
Another important lesson we learn from David is that, even though God forgave David for his wrong-doing, God also allowed David to experience full consequences for his hurtful actions. One student observed: “We can choose our sins, but we can’t choose our consequences.” So true!
Many of our men struggle with this truth every day. “If God has forgiven me, then why is He still making me serve time in prison? Why doesn’t He allow the Parole Board see that I have changed?” That is a question for which I have no answer, except to never stop trusting that, no matter our circumstances, our lives are in God’s hands.
I believe that God has a good plan for each of our lives. But often our own stupid ways mess up that plan. When we embrace the consequences that come as result, God gives us opportunities to minister His love to others through those consequences.
~~ Pastor Ron
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Deaf History Month
1972 - 2022
The first such event was held in November 1972. John A. Love, Governor of Colorado proclaimed the week. The Colorado Association of the Deaf was behind this success with two Deaf movers and shakers, David Anthony and Jerome Moers, members. The next such event was held during the first week of December 1974 when the DC Public Library announced the purchase of TTY (Teletypewriter/phone for the Deaf).
In 2016, Time Books, an imprint of Time Inc. Books published a softback (96 pages) called 100 American Originals: The Things That Shaped Our Culture.
I checked it for originals relating to deaf culture such as the first-ever American public school for the Deaf, founded in 1817. This idea was about using government funds that two educators Horace Mann had later for the “normal” school and Samuel Howe for the “blind” school in the 1830s.
The only two Originals related to the Deaf I found are No 46: The Telephone (mentioning Alexander Graham Bell, a teacher of the deaf), and No. 47 the Lightbulb (mentioning Thomas A. Edison but with no word about his deafness).
American Originals: Deaf Culture: 1972-2022
1. The State proclamation (Colorado) (1972)
2. The Phone Access DC (1974)
3. The Deaf of Organizational Culture THE RED NOTEBOOK (1976)
4. Library Friends groups (1986)
5. ASL Access Read ASL (1997)
6. The Maryland Law - Deaf Culture Digital Library (2014)
7. The Ohio Law Deaf History Month (2017), and others
BOOKS! Authors! Future Writers! Support Your Local Public Library
Library Friends for Deaf Action,
Please encourage your local or state organizations to ask the local public library about using their meeting room for presenting a deaf cultural program during Clerc-Gallaudet Week, December 3 - 10, 2022. If the date is too close, then plan for March 13 - April 15, 2023.
If you can, please email your program announcement by November 14, 2022, to FOLDA via firstname.lastname@example.org