March 8, 2015
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Mark 5: 1 – 20  “Weighing the Cost”

 

Jesus encounters both a man possessed by a “Legion” of unclean spirits and a group of people from this man’s hometown in a graveyard.  While the story is about an exorcism, its’ teaching moment is about weighing the cost of inviting Jesus to stay or inviting him to leave.  The townsfolk believed the price was too high (their dead herd of hogs) and ask him to go.  



 

In this Lenten season we too seek to go with Jesus toward Jerusalem and respond to his call in our lives.  Perhaps as part of our journey we might want to ask ourselves the same questions.  Is there a cost to being with Jesus?  if so, what is it and can we pay it?  When we meet him in the graveyard at Easter will be ready to pay the price?  


(c) 2015 David Cartwright

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My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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