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A Message from Pastor Austin
"He went away sad."


17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”
20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

-Mark 10:17-22-

When people left Jesus, there were often one or two strong reactions -jubilant joy or horrific hate. The paralytic, now healed, ran down the dusty road skipping with joy. When Jesus read the Isaiah scroll in the temple and declared that the prophecy was fulfilled that day, the people drove him to the edge of the cliff.  But of all the powerful reactions to Jesus and his ministry, sorrow was not one of them. But sorrow certainly was the reaction for the man in our text. 

“He went away sad.”

He came to Jesus filled with vigor and pride and admirably ran up to Jesus and fell on his knees. He then asked a question, a question laced with humility and backed by a record of good works. “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus proceeded to tell the man that, “No one is good except God alone,” and that this man is to keep all the commandments. Seemingly, without hesitation and with great confidence, the man declared, “all these I have kept since I was boy.” An arrogant claim indeed.

Jesus could have scolded him, but he didn’t raise his voice. Jesus could have mocked him and had him list all his good works, but that would be pointless, so he didn’t do that either. Jesus instead looked upon the man and “loved him.” 

“One thing you lack,” he said. “Go and sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Jesus uses the same word for “lack” that the Psalmist uses in Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” It is as if the man had seen a ghost. Mark tells us, “the man’s face fell.” Like Jacob Marley, he had seen a ghost that would haunt him the rest of his life. This man was sad because his wealth had become his god, and his god could not give him eternal life. So he walked away from Jesus “sad.” 

Money isn’t bad, in fact, it's a wonderful blessing that God gives us to enjoy homes, food, clothing, transportation, recreating, and time with family. Moreover, God entrusts us with money to bless those in need, to proclaim the Gospel message of his Son Jesus to the world through his church. 

But if money, or anything else becomes more precious to us then Jesus, it is idolatry. Our Lord commands, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” The man’s possessions were his god. 

“How could he be so foolish!” We proudly declare. But this text forces us to ask the question to the man or woman in the mirror . “What is more precious to me in my life than Jesus?” 

There are two types of sorrow that help us understand this man’s reaction of sadness to Jesus’ statement. Loss and Lack. 

When we lose something, we are sad. The loss of a family member, the end of a relationship, the loss of a job. This sorrow derives from loss. When we lack something, we are sorrowful because we fail to get something we never had in the first place. We are sad because of what our lives might have been, what we could have had, what we want but have never had. The couple that cannot have a baby, the home you will not live in, the boyfriend that never pops the question. 

Sorrow comes from loss and lack. But joy comes from contentment in Jesus. The rich young man thought he had done everything right, except our Lord Jesus knew his heart. Jesus told him, “One thing you lack…” What is more precious to you in your life than Jesus? 

Thanks be to God, nothing is more precious to God than you. You lack nothing! He sent his son Jesus to die for you, to take away your sins, and mine. We can cling to the things of this world refusing to let hold or our grip and we walk away sad. (see Gollum Lord of the Rings). Or, we can be content in Christ in all situations knowing that in Him we have all that we need. 

Our Lord Jesus knows our hearts, our struggles, and our pain. Jesus looks upon us with that same look he gave the young man. 

“Jesus looked at him and loved him.” 

Prayer: The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing.  AMEN

Join us Sunday as we continue our sermon series The Secret of a Content Heart. I can’t wait!
            
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8
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JOIN US THIS FALL for the study of the powerful book of Ezekiel see below for all the details.

From Jackie:

Ezekiel lived in a time of international upheaval and the judgement of God was upon Israel. Sound familiar to today's events? God used Ezekiel not only to warn Israel, but to give them hope that God has not totally abandoned them. Israel still has a future to look forward to and so do we. Those of you who took Revelation will see so many parallels and phrases from Ezekiel that echo back to Revelation. I am excited to start this series with all of you.

I am hoping that all of you want to join me on Zoom for the fall Precept class on Ezekiel Part 1. 

Ezekiel is a two part study, Part One is 10 weeks long and will start on September 9th (Thursday Class is the 10th) and go through November 18 (19th for Thursday class). This includes a zero week to catch up with everyone. 

Part Two is 7 weeks long and we will start it in January. 

Please email me if you are taking the class and if you live in the Vail Valley I will order your book for you if you want me to, it saves a little on postage, but you will have to come by to see me to pick it up. :-)

If you live outside the Vail Valley, you will have to order your own book from Precept.org. Make sure you order the Precept Upon Precept workbook in your choice of NASB or ESV. You can order both Part 1 and Part 2 if you plan to join us in January also. You will save on postage that way. I urge you to order soon, as Precept gets busy in August for all the fall classes.
Steps to order your own book:
Go to Precept.org
Click on Shop
Scroll down to Precept Upon Precept, and click on it
On the left hand side is a menu bar named "Tags"
Click on it and scroll down to Ezekiel and click on it.
Choose your Bible preference, NASB or ESV
There will be the order page.

Call me if you have any questions: 970-401-3810, I text too!
In Christ together,
Jackie
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Prayers
LORD JESUS, HEAL OUR LAND, OUR BODIES AND OUR HEARTS

Please pray for . . .

  • Thanksgiving for the Kraft family's friend, Carolyn Morton, as she celebrates her 85th birthday Monday.

  • Pastor Craig (Steamboat) and his family upon his father's death Tuesday. Pray for comfort and peace.

  • Praise and thanksgiving that Missy is healing well and will be returning to the classroom part-time this week.

  • For the firefighters who have worked countless hours to fight the blazes in our area. Keep them safe and protected.

  • Jack Swedlund and his wife Tanya, as Jack is in hospice care at home suffering from cancer.

  • Strength, comfort and support for Carol who is home, and her daughter Pam.

  • Bill and Virginia Hurd, who are at Castle Peak as permanent residents and unable to see family and friends in person. And for all the residents and staff of Castle Peak.

  • Complete healing for Sal Marchetti as he continues to recover, and strength for the entire family who is faithfully taking care of him.

  • Everyone in our congregation and their families who are dealing with the pains and trials of cancer, including Connie Kerr; Jack; Pastor Sid; Keith; Chris; Sharon Hlavinka; Brad Bluhm; Rance Ketterling; little Sal Marchetti; Amanda; Jonette; Carol; Jerry; and Suzanne.

  • Everyone affected by illness, surgery or accidents - wisdom for doctors, peace of mind for patients and loved ones, and answers and best treatments revealed.
GOD'S WILL BE DONE
See you Sunday at Church or Online!
Contact Information
Phone: 970-445-3101
Email: Austin@GraceGypsum.com 

Staff and Volunteer Staff
Pastor Austin Kraft, 970-688-1100, austin@GraceGypsum.com 
Nancy Kraft, Administrative Assistant, 303-870-3433, njokraft@yahoo.com
Israel Hernandez, Worship Team Leader, 970-331-6177, Israelh08@hotmail.com
Jesse Meryhew, High School Youth Leader, 970-390-3617 jesseleemeryhew@gmail.com
Pastor Dan Rohlwing, Pastor Emeritus in Memoriam

Sunday Schedule during COVID-19
Worship Services: 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 am (nursery provided).
Sunday School: 9:30 - 10:15 am.
KidsChurch: During sermon-time at the 8:30 and 10:30 am services.

Normal Sunday Schedule
Worship Services: 8:30 and 10:30 am (childcare provided).
Adult Bible Study: Between services at 9:45 am.
KidsChurch: During sermon-time.

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Grace Fellowship is affiliated with the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (lcms.org).

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