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Walk The Walk!

**Once the hand is laid on the plow, no one who looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God** (Luke 9:62).
I Kings 19:16,19-21; Psalms 16:1-2,5; Galatians 5:1,13-18; Luke 9:51-62

Sermon Topic Discipleship

Sermon Week Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 9:62

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A man was grieving over the recent death of his dog -- his faithful friend for fifteen years. He wanted to honor his pet in a special way, and so he went to see his pastor, a Methodist Minister ...

"Could you possibly give the dog a full-blown funeral?" he asked.

"No, I don't think that would be possible," the minister replied, "but you might try the priest from the nearby Catholic Church."

Taking the minister's advice, the man asked the Catholic Priest, "Could you possibly give my dog a full-blown funeral?" "No," the priest replied, "I don't think that would be possible, but you might try the Baptist Minister just around the corner. He is very fond of animals."

"What about the cost? Do you think a donation to them of one thousand dollars would be enough?" the dog-owner asked.

"Why didn't you tell me he was a Catholic dog," said the priest.

One Sunday morning, six-year-old Jillian Merola, of Hawthorne, New Jersey, was sitting quietly in Church next to her mother. As the preacher got into his sermon, she began to lean forward in a manner suggesting that she didn't want to miss a word. When the sermon was nearly over, she whispered into her mother's ear, "He's giving me some good ideas for my notebook."

One of the reasons we come together, week after week, is to get some "good ideas for our notebook," so to speak. For example, in today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus tells some would-be followers that to be His disciple, one must be ready and willing to pay the cost. Far more than one thousand dollars, or one thousand million dollars, the toll for following Him on the road to the Kingdom of God is our very life.

In today's Lesson, one person says to Jesus, "I will follow You, Sir, but first let me go and say good-bye to my people at home." Jesus replies, "Once the hand is laid to the plow, no one who looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God" (Lk. 9:62). In other words, if you would be My disciple the time is now. If [...]

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