“Do, Love, Walk” February 2, 2020

Posted by on Feb 8, 2020 in Sermon Archives

“Do, Love, Walk” Micah 6:1-8/ Psalm 15 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Matthew 5:1-12   I have to say, the words of God written for us by the prophet Micah are a masterpiece. They truly are. Like most prophetic scripture, Micah 6 is the story of God attempting to steer his people in the right direction. The nation of Israel has lost sight of who they are and the plans that God has for them. They have missed the mark, so to speak, but this is nothing new. The history of Israel throughout the Old Testament is one continuous stream of goof ups and acts of disobedience to God which were always followed by things not working out so well. This, in turn, is followed by massive pleas for forgiveness with the hopes that the God of Israel will have mercy and come to save them once again. Funny, but I think of my own faith journey, and this sounds all too familiar; but back to the main point. Now through all of these cycles of raunchiness and righteousness, the prophets have stood by to remind God’s chosen people – to warn them – of how they are goofing up and what they can do to be right with God. Elijah brought threats of famine, Jonah brought threats of total annihilation; I could go on and on. But Micah is different. Micah’s appeal to Israel, and therefore to us, could be summed up simply by saying, “Alright, so you don’t like the way I’m doing things? Is that right? Well, as a matter of fact, I’m not so pleased with what’s been going on with you, either. So here’s what we’re going to do – we’re going to go to court.” (Micah 6:1 TLB) Listen to what the Lord is saying to his people: “Stand up and state your case against me. Let the mountains and hills be called to witness your complaint. 2 “And now, O mountains, listen to the Lord’s complaint! For he has a case against his people Israel! He will prosecute them to the full. Maybe the courtroom drama of the last few weeks have made me especially aware, but I love these words. (vs 2 CEB) Hear, mountains, the lawsuit of the Lord! Hear, eternal foundations of the earth!           It’s safe to say that God was not subpoenaing the nation of Israel to a real Perry Mason type trial in a court of Law. But he was speaking to them in a language they could understand. These were a people devoted to the law. God was serious here. What better way to show that seriousness than to threaten to sue – – with the mountains and hills as my witness and the very earth, all creation, as the jury. So, in keeping with that theme, let’s go on. God’s opening statement starts with the words, “My people,...

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“Any Friend of Chloe Is a Friend of Mine” January 26, 2020

Posted by on Feb 8, 2020 in Sermon Archives

“Any Friend of Chloe Is a Friend of Mine” Isaiah 9:1-4/ 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23   The comedy of Emo Philips is quirky at best, but in light of Paul’s message in 1 Corinthians today, I just couldn’t resist sharing this with you. Two men are standing on a bridge. One is about to jump off and the other is trying to talk him out of it. The man asks the jumper, “So are you a Christian or a Hindu or a Jew or what?” The jumper replies, “A Christian.” The man, trying to make a connection, says, “Small world; so am I. Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox?” The jumper mumbles, “Protestant.” The man replies, “Me too, me too. What denomination?” to which the jumper says, “Baptist.” “Well, I’ll be; so am I. Southern Baptist or Northern Baptist?” and the jumper replied, “Northern Baptist.” The man said, “This is remarkable; so am I. If you don’t mind my asking, are you Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?” The jumper, whose eyes were still fixed on the water below him, muttered, “Northern Conservative Baptist.” “I don’t believe this,” said the man, “We are so much alike,” and for the first time the jumper looked up. Perhaps, there was hope after all. Then the man asked, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?”  The jumper answered, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region.” The man replied, “Me too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?” The jumper answered, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912.” /// The man then pushed the jumper off the bridge and screamed, “Get out of my sight, you Heretic!” Like I said, the humor of Emo Philips is a little over the top, but it sticks with us because there seems to always be a dose of hard truth mixed in with all the nonsense. When Paul first came to Corinth, the city was booming. Now the city of Corinth was on what is called an isthmus, which is basically a narrow strip of land with sea on either side that connects two larger bodies of land. If you want a good example of an isthmus, think of Panama; and like Panama, the city of Corinth was situated on that skinny piece of ground right smack dab in the middle of a major shipping route. Even though there wasn’t a canal, it was worth it to drag the boats with skids and rollers across this 4 mile stretch rather than brave the 250 mile trip to go all the way around. Seems kind of ridiculous now, but that was the way it was done, and business was booming. So there you have it; Corinth was a boom town full of easy money, fast living, and a lifestyle...

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