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Beasts

Daniel’s dream could be something right out of an epic fantasy novel: Four beasts come out of the water to wreck havoc and there’s no telling what will happen. Whatever it is, it won’t be good.
Which is how many of us feel about this election. Pastor Kate explores the election, what beasts may be in our world, and what God’s up to in the midst of all that.
Accompanying scripture:

It’s a trap!

When Jesus tells a parable about two men praying, one a Pharisee who does everything right and the other a tax collector who recognizes his own faults yet asks for God’s mercy, it’s tempting to side with the tax collector. Especially since Jesus ends the parable in a way that basically states we must be humble.

But what if it’s a trap?

Perhaps there’s more to the story.

 

Accompanying scripture:

Luke 18:9-14

Contributor: Túrelio, Retrieved from the Wikimedia Commons.

What does faith look like?

Jacob wrestles all night with a holy presence. He cannot win, but he will not let his opponent go until he gives Jacob his blessing.

A widow brings a case of injustice to the attention of a judge who neither fears God nor respects the people he is supposed to serve. But the widow refuses to let go, and returns to the court day after day seeking justice.

Mother Teresa experienced years of feeling that God was absent from her, yet through those years she continued to pour herself out in love for the poorest and most vulnerable people in Calcutta, India.

In times of anxiety, in the face of injustice, and grief, what does faith look like? What does faith look like in your life?

Accompanying scripture:

Genesis 32: 22-31
Luke 18:1-9

 

God often speaks through people on the margins.
Are we listening?
Do we have eyes to see the Kingdom of God among us?

Accompanying scripture:
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Luke 17:11-19

 


Artist: Niels Larsen Stevns
Helbredelsen af den spedalske (Healing of the Leper)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Word One: Hope

Hope is not the end of the spiritual journey.  If there is to be a journey at all, hope comes at the beginning, carrying us through even when all seems lost.

Accompanying scripture references:
Malachi 3:1 – 4
Luke 1:68 – 79
Luke 3:1 – 6

You Are Blessed

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Is it possible that we already saints, made so by God?

Sermon (November 1, 2015): You Are Blessed

Accompanying scripture:
Isaiah 25:6 – 9 
Revelation 21:1-6a
Matthew 5:1 – 12

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