Title: Continuing the Work of Jesus
Author: David K. SHumate
"So again Jesus said to them, 'Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.'" (John 10:7, 10b, NRSV)
Time has a way of moving on! It is hard to believe, but over twenty years ago, a study commissioned by the former General Board resulted in the adoption of tag lines for the Church of the Brethren. A tag line is a device used to communicate the essence of a product or organization to the wider public. These short and pithy statements are common in the world of advertising. Think about "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", "I'm Lovin' It! and "Eat Fresh." As most of you know, our tag lines are "Continuing the Work of Jesus, Peacefully, Simply, Together" and "Another Way of Living."
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law."
Galatians 5: 22-23
By Debbie Humphrey, 2018 Virlina District Moderator
“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
John 9:1-2 (NIV) – Read 9:1-11.
By: David Shumate
Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!”
By: Tabitha H. Rudy
"They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” The Lord said, “I will surely return to you in the spring, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?”
--Genesis 18:9-12 (RSV)
By: David Shumate