February 5th, 2021
I Wonder What’s Wrong with Him?
 
(Read Luke 10:25-37)
 
“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.” – Jesus 
 
 
Yesterday, I took my daughter to the doctor’s office for a nagging injury. After checking in, my daughter and I sat in our little waiting room pod of chairs on our phones. I was reading a theology paper from one of my former professors, and my daughter was scrolling through photos or videos at lighting speed. To my right, there was a single man, with grey curly hair and a bright red windbreaker sitting to about 10 feet away. He was patiently waiting with bated breath, looking at the nurse’s door for his name to be called. When I looked to the left behind my daughter, I saw a very tall brown-haired woman nervously gathering her belongings after an appointment, she looked to be in a hurry. Against the wall, maybe 25 feet away was a middle-aged couple juggling medical paperwork and arguing about what goes in what boxes on the forms. We were all very different but we shared one common trait. We all had masks, and we all were looking around the room at each other. 
 
I must confess, I looked around the room, quickly studying each person and I thought to myself. . .
 
“I wonder what’s wrong with him?” or “I wonder what’s wrong with her?” “Are they contagious?”
 
But as I was looking around, I noticed something disturbing.  All of the people in the waiting room were cautiously and carefully gazing above their masks at us! They are probably looking right at me thinking, “Oh my… I wonder what’s wrong with him,” or worse yet, looking at my daughter and thinking the same. “How dare they!” I thought, she is my daughter, that is none of your business! 
 
Behind my blue disposable mask, I smiled. We are so pathetic, aren’t we? We are quick to judge, slow to love, and living up to our nature as “lost and condemned sinners.” But as the Psalmist said, “I am a worm and not a man.” (Psalm 22:6). 
 
Jesus was asked THE QUESTION, “What do I need to do to be saved?”  Jesus then asked a question, affirmed the answer, and then told a story or four men. One man is beaten half-dead, lying helpless. Three men see him, but only one does something about it, and it’s not the guy you would expect. When Jesus said, “But a Samaritan...” the man probably gasped. In fact, he probably thought the Samaritan was going to finish the poor half-dead guy off! But we know the rest of the story. 
 
I think we love to read this parable, and think, “Well, I am not like the other guys, I am GOOD Samaritan…” But so often I am not; you probably aren’t either. But there is someone who is, was, and will forever be good. His name is Jesus, an outcast in a world that does horrific acts in the name of being “good.” Rev. Donovan Riley writes,
 
"We sinners may be godlike in our ability to know right and wrong, but we lack the divine power to permanently change what’s wrong about ourselves and the world and achieve the good we desire. We lack Almighty God’s wisdom to know if we are correct in our judgment, and so we too often call good evil and evil good."
 
We love to look at others and point out their flaws and their mistakes. It is part of our sinful state lying in a pool of iniquities. But Jesus comes along, while we are dead in our sin, and rescues us. He binds up our wounds, pays for our sins, and continues to sanctify (make holy), and comfort us through the power of the Holy Spirit today. 
 
This week, let us remember what Jesus did for us- how he showed us mercy and then hear his words for us…. “Go and do likewise.”
 
PRAYER:
 
Lord Jesus, Lord of all mercy, forgive us, renew us, and sanctify us. We ask for your mercy. Help us to show mercy, even though people in our paths may be different. Help us to show mercy even if those in our paths don’t think or act as we do. 

Lord of all mercy, help us to not focus on our differences and all that divides us. Instead Lord, help us to focus on what unites us while speaking your truth to those whom you love. Help us to know the you alone save. Lord, we ask for more of you today, so that we might show your mercy to the world and the peace beyond all understanding. 
 
In the name Jesus,
 
AMEN

See ya Sunday - I can't wait
Austin


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Sunday Services
February 5th, 2021

9:00 AM + 10:30 AM
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Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday February 17th
6:30PM

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Prayers
LORD JESUS, HEAL OUR LAND, OUR BODIES AND OUR HEARTS.

Please pray for . . .

  • for the families of the men lost in the avalanches this week. Pray for comfort and strength through this incredibly difficult time. May God's loving arms wrap them all in His love.

  • Praise and thanksgiving for George Kerr's successful back surgery.

  • Janice who is recovering from heart surgery.

  • Sue, Dave Carle's mother who is struggling with her health.
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  • Juan Marcez, who is recovering from COVID.

  • all those in our church and community who are sick with COVID and other illnesses. We also pray for families who are quarantined.

  • Roy Sande, a friend of the Krafts, who celebrates his birthday today, He is in his final days here on earth, but anxiously awaits the life to come with Jesus. May God's peace be with him and his family.

  • strength, comfort and support for Carol Proffitt who has been sick and is homebound, and her daughter Pam who is caring for her.

  • Virginia Hurd, who is at Castle Peak and is very weak, and for all the residents and staff of Castle Peak.

  • complete healing for Sal as he continuing treatment for leukemia. Please continue to pray for strength for Lisa and Kathy as they care for them.

  • 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; 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
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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
Susan Flock, App and Website Coordinator, 970-361-4771, flock21@aol.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: 9:00 and 10:30 am (nursery provided).
Kids Church: During sermon-time at the 9:00 am services.

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

Our Mission
Proclaim, Nurture, and Serve. 

Proclaim Jesus as Savior. 
Nurture faith in Jesus. 
Serve in the name of Jesus.

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