Rev. Amy Starr Redwine, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Virginia, introduces today’s scripture passage from Amos 5:18-24 with the following story. She says, “Long ago, there was a community that did not think of themselves as poor. They came to a new land and on their farms there they made a decent living. They had a tight community and considered everyone family…This land was given to them by God. And because they lived for God, which meant living for each other, they knew deep joy and satisfaction.” Of course, this type of living does not last for the nation of Israel. But, doesn’t this kind of community sound wonderful? Is it possible to live this way? The prophet Amos thinks so and so does Redwine. Listen as she explains how God’s kingdom on Earth can be within our reach.
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