Moravian Church in North America

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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Weekly Moravian Message: June 25, 2017

Third Sunday after Pentecost — June 25, 2017

Nothing to Fear

In today’s Gospel passage Jesus shares with his disciples sayings about facing opposition, before they go off on a mission of healing and preaching. As Jesus was called names, we will be called names as well. We experience struggle and opposition at times. If we are observant, we see harassment on a daily basis.

A few verses later we are reminded that God cares for us, even though others may make life bleak. As Christians we must persevere in time of fear and opposition.

As a college student, I embroidered a piece that states, “As God watches over the sparrow, so shall He watch over you.” It still hangs in our family cottage in Canada! What a wonderful reminder of God’s constant watch and care!

It is hard to imagine this piece in Scripture, Matthew 10:34–37, where we read not about bringing peace to earth but about a sword.  This Scripture is to not to bring discord to families and communities of faith. It is to be a reminder for us to know that our fate is in God’s hands. Our faith is to overcome fear. Our loving God wants us to know that with our lives in his hands we have nothing to fear. Stand up for peace; he is with us. Stand up to family disunity; he is with us. Stand up for justice; he is with us. Believers, stand up! Let us be obedient to the call of Jesus.

Heather Stevenson, Board of Cooperative Ministries, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Moravian Daily Texts


Thursday, January 18 — Psalm 13
Genesis 21; Matthew 7:24–8:4

You are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea. Psalm 65:5 (NASB)

Jesus Christ came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. Ephesians 2:17

Precious Jesus, you call us to be peacemakers in our homes, in our communities, and in our world. Help us to speak kindness into discord, comfort into mourning, and hope into hopelessness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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