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One of John Hires (and Richard Landon’s) favorite scriptures is Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of the Lord endures forever”. What is temporary and what is permanent? Should that shape how we see things and make priorities? Again, the disillusionment may be helpful. We may be trying to wash Styrofoam in the dishwasher. We may be trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear (gross, but a great analogy). All that glitters is not gold and all that attracts our attention doesn’t deserve it. My prayer for you on this Sunday is to “Turn your eyes upon Jesus”.
Sermon by Rev. Jack Stephenson
Premeditatio Malorum or “What’s the Worst That Could Happen”? Greek philosophy blended with the Christian faith early. We see that blend and wonder even in the formation of our current scripture. However, on the above question, scripture and philosophy differ. Stoics in particular were taught to meditate on the worst that could happen. The Scripture on the other hand reassures us of God’s watch, care, and providence over us that is past our understanding. We can trust in God’s care for us in all circumstance. My prayer for you on this Sunday is to “Trust in the Lord with all your Heart and Lean Not on your own understanding”.
Sermon by: Dr. John M. Stephenson
We live in a world filled with sound. From the music that we stream to the videos that we watch, even a simple trip to the mall or a ride on an elevator invokes sounds all around us. Today we’re going to reflect on the challenges of experiencing moments of silence and times of stillness in the midst of such a fast-paced, sound-filled society. My prayer for you this morning is for us to rediscover and experience the beauty of silence, and simply being in God’s presence, and how that can both re-focus us in times of stress, and re-energize us in our faith journey.
Sermon by Rev. Jeremy Herrington