Sermons from October 2016

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Finding Hope in a Babylonian Houseplant

Reading from Hebrew Scriptures     Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.
O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen?
Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?
Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails.
The wicked surround the righteous—
therefore judgment comes forth perverted.
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Nobody Wants To Be a Tax Collector

Reading from the Gospel               Luke 18:9-14 The Message
He told his next story to some
who were complacently pleased with themselves
over their moral performance
and looked down their noses at the common people:
“Two men went up to the Temple to pray,
one a Pharisee, the other a tax man.
The Pharisee posed and prayed like this:
‘Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people –
robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid,
like this tax man.

Praying as an Opportunity

Reading from the Gospel              Luke 18:1-8  (THE MESSAGE)
Then Jesus told them a parable
about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.
He said, “In a certain city there was a judge
who neither feared God nor had respect for people.
In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him
and saying, “Grant me justice against my opponent.’
For a while he refused; but later he said to himself,
“Though I have no fear …

Admirers or Disciples

Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures           Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah
sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders
among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets,
and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar
had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.
Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,
to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile
from Jerusalem to Babylon:
Build houses and live in them;