Shopping for the right answers

We visited the ancient shopping mall of the gods. A place where every god was available to worship … and people came from everywhere to worship.

This is the place that Jesus takes the disciples and asks, “who do these people say that I am?” The answers were many, but Peter got it right.

The whole idea seems silly, but isn’t that what we do with Jesus these days … we add him to the many gods of our life … and we shop to meet our personal desires … taking the parts we want and discarding the rest.

The remains are there to remind us to beware in the marketplace.

We finished the day in much the same way it started, but instead we were in Nazareth.

We went outside the town to precipice that overlooks the Jezreel Valley.


When Jesus returned home, He went to the synagogue and read from the scroll. He proclaimed in these actions that He was the Messiah. How did the people respond?

The discounted the words and actions of Jesus. They choose to run Him out of town and intended to throw Him of the precipice. (hint it didn’t happen)

What do we do with the words and actions of Jesus?

How often do we reject the words refusing to listen … to change … instead we seek to throw them away?

Before the sun goes down … stop shopping for the answers … and spend time with the one who came that we might know the truth.


Tomorrow the story continues … as we become like the fishermen of old and explore the water and the stories on the Sea of Galilee.


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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