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This is Rev. Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, August 11, 2013. The scripture is Luke 12:32-40. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.

This is from The Message:
32Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself. 33 “Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can’t go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bankrobbers, safe from embezzlers, a bank you can bank on. It’s obvious, isn’t it? 34The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. 35 “Keep your shirts on; keep the lights on! 36Be like house servants waiting for their master to come back from his honeymoon, awake and ready to open the door when he arrives and knocks. 37Lucky the servants whom the master finds on watch! 38He’ll put on an apron, sit them at the table, and serve them a meal, sharing his wedding feast with them. It doesn’t matter what time of the night he arrives; they’re awake—and so blessed! 39 “You know that if the house owner had known what night the burglar was coming, he wouldn’t have stayed out late and left the place unlocked. So don’t you be slovenly and careless. 40Just when you don’t expect him, the Son of Man will show up.”it?’ 21 “That’s what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God.”

The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.