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Sunday
Jul152018

The Most Beloved Psalm of Christians

“He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.” If God restores our soul, it means that it needed to be restored. “I once was lost, but now am found/ Was blind, but now I see.” We delude ourselves into supposing that we are doing just fine in life, thank you very much. But at times we are not doing fine, not fine at all. At times we become lost, and we need to be restored to the flock by our Shepherd. To imagine we are making it on our own is to fall into one of the most lethal of life’s traps. Great pride goeth before great pratfalls.

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Sunday
Jul012018

The Influence of an Invitation

There about sixty different people who come to The Chapel at least once every two months. Here is what I am suggesting that each of you can do to keep us a vital, if also inevitably an older, congregation. Invite three people of your acquaintance to join you for one Sunday here. When you invite them, explain to them why you attend The Chapel. Then, either bring them with you, or meet them here. Don’t bring all three at once, unless they are all related to one another. Invite each one separately in order to make it a special occasion for them, and for you. If they come back the next Sunday, we shall shout hallelujah and rejoice, although only figuratively, of course. People such as we do not visibly and vocally shout hallelujah or rejoice, for heaven’s sake. But you’re only asked to get them here once, not twice or more. And remember: Of people who attend a new church for the first time, the highest percentage come because someone invited them – not because of the building or the programs or the preacher or other such things, though those are factors, but because someone invited them to attend.

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Sunday
Jun242018

Hosea 3 - God Never Gives Up on People

The prophet’s heart is broken by the sins of his people. His mind is thrown into deep depression by their willful violation of the laws of God. He feels duty-bound to tell his friends and neighbors about their misdeeds, and he knows it will make him a community persona non grata. However, because he is undeviatingly committed to speaking on behalf of God, he goes on saying what he believes he must say, knowing that it will be met by increasing resistance. Nevertheless Hosea was sure it must be said.

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Sunday
Jun172018

Hosea 2 - A People with No Sense of Direction

The prophets have never had an official place in either the Jewish or the Christian religions. Almost never in history was a prophet ordained to become a priest or bishop, an elected denominational president or chief executive. Prophets usually speak out against the religious establishment, not for it. It is the vocation, the divine calling, of prophets to condemn rather than to congratulate. That’s why they are never welcomed into the inner circles of any religion. They are agitators, not assimilators, irritating provocateurs, not irenic proclaimers.

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Sunday
Jun102018

Hosea 1 - The Impossibility of Biblical Literalism

The prophecy of Hosea is the first of twelve biblical books which are collectively known as the Minor Prophets. The word “minor” in this context does not mean they are less important than the Major Prophets, but rather that each of these books is shorter in length than Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. They are the five books of the Major Prophets.

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