Sermons from February 2018

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First Sunday in Lent; 2/18/2018

1 Lent

A Covenant – between two parties, each pledging to do something for the other. E.g., covenant of marriage. Major covenant models from the Bible are; Noah, Moses, and Jesus.

Noah’s wilderness journey lasted 40 days; a rain that destroyed everything outside the ark. I expect that during that time he reflected on the new life he would live – if and when he ever saw land again. When he had endured his wilderness time, he was empowered by a new covenantal relationship with God. He and his family were the fresh start of the human race.

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany; 2/4/2018

5 Epiphany

Jesus said, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them too, because that is what I came out to do.”  Jesus came to teach. But he also felt compelled to heal, partly because of the compassion he had for the needs of people, but he also healed because he knew how important it was to meet people where they are, if he expected them to listen to what he came to teach them.