Sermons from July 2016

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Exile: A Long Obedience For Today “God Has A Thing For Pottery”

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Scripture Jeremiah 18:1-11 (NRSV) The Potter and the Clay

8 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4 The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6 Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7 At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8 but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it. 9 And at another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, 10 but if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it. 11 Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Thus says the Lord: Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings.

Exile: A Long Obedience For Today “Sending Out Roots”

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Scripture Jeremiah 17:5-10 (NRSV)

5 Thus says the Lord:
Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals
and make mere flesh their strength,
whose hearts turn away from the Lord.
6 They shall be like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see when relief comes.
They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.
7 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
8 They shall be like a tree planted by water,
sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes,
and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious,
and it does not cease to bear fruit.
9 The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse—
who can understand it?
10 I the Lord test the mind and search the heart,
to give to all according to their ways,
according to the fruit of their doings.

Exile: A Long Obedience For Today “Praying Unguardedly”

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Jeremiah 15:15-21 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 15 O Lord, you know;     remember me and visit me,     and bring down retribution for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance do not take me away;     know that on your account I suffer insult. 16 Your words were found, and I ate them,     and your words became to me […]