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The Journey

Party! (John 2:1-12)

Today I’m challenged with a part of our spiriual live that is often neglected. Celebration. (Please read John 2:1-12-) Often, especially in non-Catholic Churches, we forget that having a good time occasionally can encourage growth with God. Growing up I was often told that Jesus didn’t really turn the water into wine as we know it, I’ve always had a problem with that though. Wine is wine. But this isn’t the big issue since wine was accepted in the culture He lived in. The issue is the party. Jesus knew how to have a good time in a proper way, and in the Jewish culture wine as an important part of any gathering. When the wine runs out so does the party. If having an tme to let loose was wrong Jesus would not have changed the water instead He would have started teaching.

The one’s I identify with today is the bride groom. His social status in the community revolves around this party celebrating his wedding. He must have known that he didn’t have enough wine purchased, and was probably somewhat worried about it. I’m sure he was a very well respected younger man in the community but how well respected was going to change. Jesus gave not only wine but the best wine. This man had God’s favor he was about to receive higher respect from his peers. Why am I identifying with this man? Maybe because I like having a good time but can’t afford it. Maybe its because I am younger and wanting to make a difference in the community.

I like having a good time. I love spending all day on Sundays just hanging out, talking, watching movies, or playing games. I understand the situation because when the Dr. Pepper runs dry our Quaker communion is over! Fellowship is lubercated with beverages it doesn’t matter what type of drink it is. When we gather to talk we drink and when we drink fluids we talk…and eat.

This weekend I encourage you to celebrate with Christ. See how much you grow in relation to God and others when we gather not only to have fun but to glorify God.
Have a blessed weekend.

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About jwquaker

I’m sure everyone wants to know who I am…well if you are viewing this page you do. I’m Jared Warner and I am a pastor or minister recorded in the Evangelical Friends Church Mid America Yearly Meeting. To give a short introduction to the EFC-MA, it is a group of evangelical minded Friends in the Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. We are also a part of the larger group called Evangelical Friends International, which as the name implies is an international group of Evangelical Friends. For many outside of the Friends or Quaker traditions you may ask what a recorded minister is: the short answer is that I have demistrated gifts of ministry that our Yearly Meeting has recorded in their minutes. To translate this into other terms I am an ordained pastor, but as Friends we believe that God ordaines and mankind can only record what God has already done. More about myself: I have a degree in crop science from Fort Hays State University, and a masters degree in Christian ministry from Friends University. Both of these universities are in Kansas. I lived most of my life in Kansas on a farm in the north central area, some may say the north west. I currently live and minister in the Kansas City, MO area and am a pastor in a programed Friends Meeting called Willow Creek Friends Church.

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