So, who are these people of the new covenant? Who is it that makes up the family of God? Who did Jesus reach out to? Who were his people?
Keep on the sunny side of life and be renewed day by day by the assurance that you are a child of God.
As Christians, we should demand that our energy and resources be devoted to problem solving and not problem absolving.
But we don't fully achieve that relationship without putting forth an effort, an effort that sometimes may be painful, but the gain is worth the pain.
Paul is telling us that, through Christ, we are one people, and our differences are only skin deep.
And, part of the exciting adventure of following Christ involves discovering one's service contribution and then making it available to God.
This church, your church, is not God's waiting room. We're not just sitting here waiting to die or for Jesus to come back and get us.
This is not business as usual and we should be stepping up our game in our eagerness to do what is good and right.
The disciples, simple people just like you and me, were awash in a turbulent sea of confusion and uncertainty, fear and doubt.
Just as a shepherd cares for his sheep, Jesus, the Good Shepherd, cares for his flock, those who follow him.