Climb Over The Fences!

**Anyone who does not carry his cross ... cannot be my disciple** (Luke 14:27).

Luke 14:27
Wisdom 9:13-18; Psalms 90:3-6,12-17; Philemon 9-10,12-17; Luke 14:25-33

Sermon Topic


Youngsters in a religion class were asked to write a letter to Jesus. One little girl’s letter reads as follows:

Dear Jesus,
My name is Karen and here is my picture so you’ll know what I look like. What do you look like? Can you send me a picture?

“Blue-Collar Christianity” is the title of a book in which the author gives his version of what Jesus looked like. “Jesus was a Blue-Collar Man,” he says:

He was a Blue-Collar Man and He calls
us to be blue-collar people …
real, honest-to-goodness blue-collar people,
hard at work …
resolving human conflict,
restoring shattered self-esteem,
loving the unlovable
(even when no one is watching).1

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus speaks to a large crowd of followers and would-be followers. “Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple,” He says.

Being Jesus’ disciples means that we voluntarily accept the cost of discipleship’s…

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