July 2018 Pastors Corner

 

 

“When Christ’s followers had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.” 

Acts 1:13

 

The apostle Bartholomew … let’s call him “St. Bart” for short … is only mentioned four times in the Bible, all four of them in lists of the original Twelve disciples.  So Bart is someone we just don’t know much about.  (Maybe he liked it that way.)

 

Sometimes it’s okay though, isn’t it, to not be famous … or infamous?  Isn’t it better to be a shy wallflower type than to be known as “doubter” like Thomas or “denier” like Peter or “betrayer” like Judas?  So perhaps Bartholomew is a lucky disciple, in a sense, to be one we have heard so little about.

 

Some Bible scholars think Bartholomew may have been the same follower of Jesus called “Nathanael” who is mentioned only in John’s Gospel.  They think this in part because Bart is never mentioned in John’s book, and Nathanael is never mentioned in Matthew, Mark, or Luke’s books.  If that is correct, then Bart is the disciple of whom Jesus said in John 1:47 -- “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”  So, Jesus recognized in Bart/Nathanael a no-nonsense kind of guy, who doesn’t lead with his ego.

 

Later Christian traditions say that St. Bart was a missionary apostle to India, and that he wrote a gospel that did not make it into the canon of Scripture (a so-called “apocryphal” gospel.)  If Bart did travel to India, to introduce people to our Lord Jesus, then he represents God’s will to embrace our whole world with the love of God in Christ.

 

As Christians in North America we need to always keep in mind that the fastest growing segments of our Christian family are in other parts of the world, where people don’t necessarily look like us, talk like us, or embrace our Western culture.  Yet they are %100 our brothers and sisters in Christ … they are family of God with us … and St. Bartholomew is credited with bringing us together.

 

A Bartholomew Prayer for Today:  Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for welcoming me to be a member of your worldwide family.  Through my baptism into your dying and rising, you have given me a large and ever growing family of faith.  By your Spirit, help me to seek mutual and life-giving relationships with God’s children everywhere.  Amen.                                               

 

Pastor John                              

 

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                          

 

July 17, 2018

 

Special Upcoming

  Events!

 

 

Pork Chop Dinner

Friday, July 20, 2018

4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

at

Faith Lutheran Church

 

Bake Sale

Friday, July 20, 2018

4:30 -7:30 p.m

at Faith Lutheran Church

See Special Events Tab

for more details

 

Tornado Days Community Worship Service 

Sunday, July 22nd 

9:30 a.m.

Main Street Pavilion

Choir Practice at 8:30 a.m.

All are welcome to sing with us!

 



 


 

 

 
 

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