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'Lent' Tagged Sermons

March 21, 2021 Sermon – Return from the Wilderness: Wrath

So…yeah…wrath happens, even with otherwise ordinary people…most likely involving those with whom we’re closest to in life because they are the people over whom we have enough power to act out of wrath… So…yeah, wrath is bad.  Wrath is dangerous.  It harms the people toward whom we act with wrath, and it harms us…. So, my friends, leave wrath to the realm of God, and prevent the pain – to others and yourself – that results from wrath.

March 14, 2021 Sermon – “Return from the Wilderness: Greed”

So, please, be careful.  Remember that, while God loves you, God ALSO loves everyone else.  While God loves you, God doesn’t want you, and you alone, to have it all.  When you GET that, when you get past the selfish desires of greed, you will live into a way that benefits YOU even MORE than your greed, and you will live in a way that benefits everyone around you.  In other words, you will replace the ways of death with the ways of life…for you and for everyone else.

February 28, 2021 Sermon: Return from the Wilderness – Envy

So, I encourage you, work diligently at all times to be content with what you have, with physical things as well as relational, spiritual, and positional things.  Further, whenever you do start to feel a little envious, immediately do something to focus on God – as a way of taking your focus off the object of your envy/desire – so that you may live as God intends instead of suffering the pain and consequences of envy.

February 21, 2021 Sermon – Return from the Wilderness: Pride

February 21, 2021 Sermon “Return from the Wilderness: Pride” 1st Scripture Reading – Esther 5:9-14 9 Haman went out that day happy and in good spirits. But when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, and observed that he neither rose nor trembled before him, he was infuriated with Mordecai; 10 nevertheless Haman restrained himself […]

Journey to the Cross: The Great Party

Y’all one of the things Jesus made clear through His ministry and through parables like this one is that God’s amazing and eternal party is going to include a whole bunch of people who wouldn’t get let in if the decision was made by the religious leaders of this world…or, well, any person.  Because the criteria for “getting in” has nothing to do with the ways of this world but has everything to do with the ways of God.

Journey to the Cross: A Triumph of Grace

As one of the last teachings of His earthly ministry, Jesus told this seemingly absurd tale of a landowner who paid every worker the same – regardless of how long or how hard each worked.  And Jesus told us that God’s kingdom is like this. We all receive the same grace…which means none receive more or less than others…and THIS is what true fairness and justice looks like.

Who Will You Choose?

I believe God discovered that people’s hearts were so stuck that they were going to make the wrong choice.  And, God being God, God figured out a way to work with THAT. God figured out a way to work with the most horrible, awful choice people could make.  God figured out a way to work with Jesus’ crucifixion. God figured out a way to turn worldly sin into Godly victory. That’s what I believe. And…God can STILL do that….regardless of what we choose.

Interruptions

I started the sermon by talking about the character Dug from the animated movie “Up”. And Dug had this way of stopping the important stuff to chase after squirrels. I’ll bet there are some Christians out there, maybe even in HERE, who think of taking the time and effort to share love with and be present with the seemingly most unworthy people is akin to chasing after squirrels. But in my reading of the scriptures, in my reading of the life and ministry of Jesus, it’s pretty much everything ELSE that is akin to chasing after squirrels. It’s pretty much everything ELSE that comprises the interruptions.