Sermons from 2012

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Christmas and the Question of Our Family Tree: Why Can’t We Choose?

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“While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.’ He replied to him, ‘Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ Pointing to his disciples he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.'”

The Shortest Christmas Story: When Did God Begin to Engage His Existence In Ours?

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BEFORE CREATION – Revelation 13:8
“The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast,…”

“When I lay these questions before God I get no answer. But rather a special sort of ‘No answer.’ It is not the locked door. It is more like a silent, certainly not uncompassionate, gaze. As though He shook His head not in refusal but waiving the question. Like, ‘Peace, child; you don’t understand.’” C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Christian Community and the Healing of Self Image

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“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain deceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:…” Philippians 2:3-5

Two things determine our self-mage which in turn determines how we relate to others.

Chrisitan Community and the Healing Presence of Death

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Death and what we believe – The Apostles’ Creed
“I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.”