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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Weekly Moravian Message, Nov. 3, 2013

 

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
November 3, 2013

 

The wee little people

The story of Jesus and Zacchaeus, “the wee little man,” is one that I can’t really read without thinking of the Unity of the Brethren. Our church has such a rich history since its humble beginnings in what is now the Czech Republic more than 556 years ago. Our spiritual ancestors were the minority in a crowd that grew to reject them. The Moravian Church traces its roots back to a time in history when it was against the law to believe in a way that was different from the majority. It took faith like that of Zacchaeus for the early Brethren to step out of the crowd and stick to what they knew was right.

Sometimes in life, one of the scariest instances is when we find ourselves in front of a door. Do we walk past it, stand in front of it, or go through it? This is when faith like that of Zacchaeus and the early Moravian Brethren helps us. If we were to walk past the door, we would miss out on what God has in store for us. If we just stand in front of the door, we do the same thing. However, if we have faith and enter the door, we can take part in what God has there waiting for us on the other side.

We may feel as if we are small or “short in stature” in our faith, but remember it only takes a little faith to start something big. The faith of a few people in the 1400s led to the formation of a church that, though it may be small in numbers, worldwide has great faith.

Don’t let the crowds overcome you or the door stop you, when it comes to faith. Follow Jesus!

Jeff Jones, pastor, Bethabara Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Moravian Daily Texts

04/23/2018

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Watchword for the Week — Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11

Sunday, April 22 — Acts 4:5–12; Psalm 23
1 John 3:16–24; John 10:11–18

O Lord my God, in you I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me. Psalm 7:1

Jesus prayed: “I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.” John 17:15

God in whom we find refuge, we are grateful. When we find life unmanageable we remain hopeful, knowing you provide safekeeping from all that would separate us from you. Amen.

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