Someone is casting out demons in Jesus’ name who isn’t part of Jesus’ own circle, and the disciples want him stopped. They appeal to Jesus, as Joshua did to Moses about the elders who prophesied without official authorization. Like Moses, Jesus refuses to see this as a threat. Jesus welcomes good being done in his name, even when it is not under his control. The circle we form around Jesus’ word must be able to value good being done in ways we wouldn’t do it, by people we can’t keep tabs on.


Generous God, your Son gave his life that we might come to peace with you. Give us a share of your Spirit, and in all we do empower us to bear the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Psalm 19:7-14
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50

This Weeks Readings

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
MondayZechariah 6:9-15
1 Peter 1:3-9
Isaiah 5
TuesdayZechariah 8:18-23
1 John 2:18-25
Isaiah 5
WednesdayZechariah 10:1-12
Matthew 18:6-9
Isaiah 5
ThursdayGenesis 20:1-18
Galatians 3:23-29
Psalm 8
FridayGenesis 21:22-34
Romans 8:1-11
Psalm 8
SaturdayGenesis 23:1-20
Luke 16:14-18
Psalm 8
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