Today's Text: Matthew 8.5-13, Luke 7.1-10
Teaching Link: People Jesus Met: The Centurion
Jesus refused to engage in "us/them" thinking when he agreed to heal the centurion's servant. We all fall prey to "us/them" thinking. What forms of “tribalism” do you see in your own life?
We can hold on to grievances and continue the cycle of anger, ore we can move forward. What hurts, inflicted by others do you hold on to?
Read about Elias Chacour. Despite his family having been forced out of their home by the Israeli military when he was a boy, Elias Chacour refuses to keep enemies. This is his plea for those in conflict in the region:
In what ways can we refuse to be enemies?
In the days to come, we will be providing opportunities for the Trinity family to be informed and process together my recent trip to Palestine and the Occupied Territories. As we approach this discussion, let me ask you the following questions to think about:
What is your understanding of Israel as it relates to the Bible and to modern times?
Where have those ideas and attitudes come from?