Prayer: Show us, Jesus, how to reach others. Amen.
Reading: Luke 7:36 - 8:3 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: There is a lot in this story of Jesus’ time in a Pharisee house. I like when Jesus says to Simon, “I have something to say.” Simon says, “Speak” and Jesus starts telling him a story. I can just hear that exchange between these two happening and it makes me smile!
Jesus is so good at telling stories to get his point across. It was a big part of his ministry. Stories are something that stick in people’s minds. I was preaching recently and I could tell that when I started to tell a story as part of my sermon, the people suddenly paid more attention. They sat up in their seats a little bit.
Engaging the audience is something that Jesus did quite well. As we are now into our second week of staff training, you can rest assured that we’ve been talking about how to engage the campers who will begin arriving next week. We’ve been talking about how to make our GROW Times interactively and tell stories with meaning. And as we do, we remember our Lord and Savior who set a good example for us that this is a way the reaches the people! --Chad Hershberger
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