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Is it worth it, to follow Jesus?

The Rev. Robert P. Travis Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon  – 8 and 10:30am Eucharist Services, Church of the Ascension, Knoxville TN RCL  Proper 15 Year C 8/18/2013
Scripture Text: Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2,8-18, Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56
Sermon Text: So the first thing that came to mind, when I read that Gospel this week, was a feeling of relief, I kind of thought, “So Jesus prophesied, that it would be OK not to get along with my mother-in-law!”
I don't think the division I've experienced there, is what he was talking about, but maybe in some ways it is.
Now I just want to tell you, what Jesus says here is one of the harder sayings for me, in the Gospel of Luke. This time Jesus is not showing us joy and happiness. He doesn’t act like the Buddy Christ (thumb’s up). He tells us that he’s stressed, and impatient for his mission to be accomplished, and he criticizes t
12th Sunday after Pentecost III, August 11, 2013 Episcopal Church of the Ascension Building the Kingdom of God The Reverend Dr. Howard J. Hess
I. Introduction. As Ann (LuAnn, and Jeremiah) has (have) so beautifully reminded us, this is Family Promise Sunday here at Church of the Ascension and in multiple congregations throughout our city. We are celebrating one of the core ministries of our parish, and rightfully so. Our outreach into the world around us should strengthen the focus of our worship, just as our worship together should re-enforce our commitment to ministry. When we consider today’s Gospel, the message could not be clearer: “Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights in giving you the Kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to those in need. Make for yourself wallets that don’t wear out – a treasure in heaven that never runs out . . . where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Although we often focus on the mandate about…