Unusual Father’s Day Text

And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’  But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”  Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.”  Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”  Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.  -Matthew 26:30-35

This selection from Matthew’s Gospel is well known, but is most often used during the Easter season.  We all know what happened next, right?  By the end of v. 56 the scripture says “Then all the disciples left him and fled.”  The sad truth is that people are going to let you down.  There are some folks we are naturally suspicious of, but most people we would like to think we can trust.  My advice to people is trust in God, but lock your car.  Sometimes it is the very people we should be able to put our trust in that let us down.  In this sinful, fallen and broken world it is sometimes the police, a school teacher, a church leader or a parent that crosses the line and hurts rather than helps. Continue reading

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