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Sunday
Jan282018

Four Patriarchs: 1. Abraham

By the traditions of the peoples of the Middle East, Abraham is the father of both the Arabs and the Jews, the Arabs by his son Ishmael and the Jews by his son Isaac. But Abraham didn’t have any sons for a very long time. He and Sarah were living in Canaan when a famine came, as happens every so often in the Middle East. So they went to Egypt, where the Nile River was, and where there was no famine. Then, when conditions had improved in Canaan, Abraham and Sarah returned there. Once again, God told Abraham that He would give Canaan to Abraham’s descendants, and once again Abraham reminded God that he had no descendants. Nonetheless, Abraham trusted that God knew what He was doing, and so he went forward in faith. Many questions in his mind went with him, however.

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Sunday
Jan212018

The Damage Religious Zeal Inflicts on Religion

The word “zeal” can refer to any kind of human interest. There are zealous sports fans, movie fans, golf and tennis players, Harry Potter readers, bridge players, internet addicts, and aerobic exercisers. Originally, however, the word zeal was solely related to God and religion. Both the Hebrew and Greek languages have words that translate as “religious zeal,” and both the Old and New Testaments refer to people who acted zealously on behalf of God. They may have been zealous rightly or wrongly, but the Bible almost never faults anyone for misplaced zeal.

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Sunday
Dec312017

Salvation or Redemption: Which?

Texts – “And he arose, and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”… “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.’” – Luke 15:20, 31 (RSV)

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Sunday
Dec242017

IV. Jesus and God

Prior to Jesus, no one in human history had ever used the unique phrase, “the kingdom of God.” If that had been the case, the term would be found in the Hebrew Bible, which Christians strangely call the Old Testament. After all, the Jews were the only monotheists up to the time of Jesus anywhere in the world. And since no writer of any book in the Old Testament ever spoke of the kingdom of God, we may appropriately assume no one else ever used those particular four words before Jesus used them during the brief three-year ministry that forever altered the world.

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Sunday
Dec172017

III. Jesus and Jesus

During Advent we have looked at how Jesus perceived the individual self, and how he understood the world. Today we shall consider a couple of episodes in the Gospels of how he conceptualized himself. Next week, on Christmas Eve day, we will look at some of the statements through which Jesus explained his concept of God. All of these subjects are extraordinary in themselves, and Jesus’ ideas about them were also extraordinary.

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