Pentecost Devotional (16 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Thirty-First Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Deuteronomy 6:11-12

''...and houses full of good things that you didn't put there. Yahweh will give you wells that you didn't have to dig, and vineyards and olive orchards that you didn't have to plant. But when you have eaten so much that you can't eat any more, don't forget it was Yahweh who set you free from slavery and brought you out of Egypt.'' Deuteronomy 6:11-12

Memory is a curious thing. Institutional and generational memory are even more complex. At times, we create memories of things that never happened, yearning for a return to a past that is mainly fiction. Institutions and cultures do the same thing, crafting interpretations of the past we would not have recognized at the time. On the other hand, memories and histories can help us understand the importance or significance of our past and that of our forbearers.


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Thirty-Second Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 19:21

''Jesus replied, 'If you want to be perfect, go sell everything you own! Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come and be my follower.''' Matthew 19:21

This is one of the best known sayings of Jesus. It is also one of the most neglected of Jesus' sayings. Just like ''love your enemies,'' we brush this verse aside as completely irrelevant to life in our economic system. We tell ourselves that Jesus' words were specific to this rich young ruler, and to him alone. We are excused from any need to address Jesus' words, since his situation does not apply to our circumstances. Quickly and efficiently, we back away and keep going. ''Nothing to see here.''
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