One thing we all have in common is failure. I have failed at many things, both personally and professionally, and I’m sure you can relate. In scripture there are many people and personalities who experienced great failure. But God took those failures and rebirth them, redeemed them, renewed them. Because of their failure, God used them in a much greater way. Just because we fail, we are not failures. Failure is never final. Let’s talk through this in May and June–join me at 11:00 a.m.

Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson

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Corresponding Scripture: Mark 14:32-42 (NRSV)

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34 And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.” 35 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

36 He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” 37 He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? 38 Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 

40 And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. 41 He came a third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.”

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