The Parable of the Murder of Tara Landgraf - John Van Sloten

August 19, 2007

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we’re going to talk about what it means to live in community here in Calgary. How far does God really want that, “Love thy neighbour” thing to extend?

"Teacher, which command in God's Law is the most important?"
Jesus said, "'Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.' This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' These two commands are pegs; everything in God's Law and the Prophets hangs from them."
Matthew 5:36-40

'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.'
Jesus in Matthew 25:40, MSG

"Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It's easy to see a smudge on your neighbor's face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, 'Let me wash your face for you,' when your own face is distorted by contempt? It's this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”
Jesus in Matthew 7:1-5, MSG

"A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side..”
Jesus in Luke 10:30-33


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August 23, 2007
Thanks for the kind words about Tara.
She was one of the most full of life, friendly, and funny people I ever had the pleasure to call a friend.
Even during the lowest days of her addiction, she was never a thief, never took advantage of people, and never blamed anyone else for her addiction.
She knew her family and friends worried about her, but she always made an effort to at least let us know regularly that she was okay and where she was at.
She wasn't forgotten, she wasn't abandoned, but she also didn't want to be a burden.
She had tried to get clean a couple of times, and last time I saw her, she was trying to get on the waiting for a rehab centre; a mere two weeks ago before that horrible day.
I'm gonna carry her memory with me till the day I die.

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August 22, 2007
I just wanted to thank-you! This is Cory Rob's spouse, Tara was our cousin. Amazing and so deeply touching! Tara deserved this.!!! Our family appreciates this more than we could ever show you! I just hope the message is heard, the label will one day disappear, and people will always acknowledge a cry for help, no matter what the sign is, a note, a act for attention, and scream for help. They are all important big or small. Thank-you John!
God bless!

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community,love,Matthew 5:36-40,Matthew 25:40,Matthew 7:1-5,Luke 10:30-33,help

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