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University Health Care sponsors week of spiritual emphasis for employees, patients

Dewald Kritzinger, youth ministries pastor, speaking at the podium.
Dewald Kritzinger, youth ministries pastor at La Sierra University Church, points out how Jesus often flip-flopped popular ideas to teach about the Kingdom of Heaven.
During the week of October 24 to 28, Loma Linda University Health Care sponsored a week of spiritual emphasis featuring Dewald “Devo” Kritzinger, youth ministries pastor at La Sierra University Church.

Pastor Kritzinger’s presentations were grouped under the heading “Working in Flip-Flops: Jesus-Style Ministry.”

Each morning from 7:30 to 7:55 employees and patients were invited to take some time to reflect on the teachings of Jesus and how He often flip-flopped popular ideas.

Pastor Kritzinger pointed out that in the Kingdom of Heaven, the least would be the greatest and that out of individual weakness God could make perfect strength.

Wednesday morning’s reflection came from Mark chapter 12 verses 28 to 31.

“This verse to me is ‘Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater,’” he said, in reference to his introduction explaining the origin of the phrase from the 16th century custom of families bathing in the same bathwater from oldest to youngest and not being able to see the babies in the water.

“Jesus is saying don’t throw out your relationship with your neighbors or with God. I think that challenges us even today. Who is our neighbor? Everyone.”

The B-level atrium in the FMO filled as Pastor Kritzinger elaborated on this flip-flop Jesus did on the popular idea of hospitality.

“We need to love our neighbors, because by loving the people around us, we are really loving God,” explained Pastor Kritzinger. “The challenge is to love the people around us.”

TODAY news for Thursday, November 10, 2005