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This week's Bulletin, plus scripture exposition

posted Dec 12, 2014, 7:20 AM by Kansas City Armenian Church
Dear Friends
 
Many have written in to comment on the prescribed Gospel passage that was sent out on Wednesday from Luke:14.25-27. 
 
25 Now great multitudes accompanied him; and he turned and said to them, 26 "If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
 
Indeed a very hard passage to understand.  In the commentary below an explanation that may make the passage a little more understandable
 
Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible
 
Do not misunderstand this passage. Our Lord does not use the word “hate” in our common acceptation of the term, for no man would hate his own life; but he means that the love of all these must be secondary to the love we bear to him. Compared with our love to our Lord, all lower love must be more like hate.
 
We must be willing to give up everything — to give up even ourselves — our entire selves — to him, for Christ will have all or nothing. He will never divide the human heart with any rival. If we profess to serve him, we must have him for our only Master, and not attempt to serve two masters. I fear that this truth greatly needs to be enforced nowadays, for we have numbers of so-called Christians, who are worldlings first, and then Christians afterwards.
 
We have a great many professors who might be accurately described by the words of a little girl concerning her father. When someone asked her, “Is your father a Christian?” she replied, “Yes, but he has not worked much at it lately.”
 
There are plenty of that sort. Christianity is their trade, their business, their profession; but they have not worked much at it lately, they carry it on very slightly indeed. Let it not be so with us; if we would be followers of Christ, our whole hearts must be his.
 
Also we read in Matthew
 
Matthew 10. 35
 
For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and a man's foes will be those of his own household. 37 He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38  and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it. 40  "He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me.
 
And if I may be so bold as to add my comments:  We know that life itself is a gift to us all, and the giver of that gift is God. Therefore although it may be a spouse, parent or child, even ourselves,  the giver of those gifts of life is the one whom we value and love more than the gift.   Think about it.  
 
And on a personal note I am very happy so hear from so many of our readers in reference to the passage.  
Now attached is the Sunday Bulletin for this week with the eTsayn to follow.
 
Be well always
 
der tateos
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Kansas City Armenian Church,
Dec 12, 2014, 7:20 AM
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