Nobody looks forward to just retribution – appropriate punishment for one’s wrongdoing. But in our Epistle lesson from Hebrews this morning, the writer suggests that escape is possible. In fact, he encourages it! He even explains the rationale behind it.
Sin and salt seem an unlikely combination for a sermon title. But Jesus joins these two components in this morning’s Gospel reading. He raises some hypothetical (but obviously incorrect) causes of sin, only to suggest an inappropriate cure. The cure comes from a source that may seem surprising until we remember His words of Mark 7:17-23, “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts” (Mark 7:21a).
Todays sermon is about WAR AND PEACE. The story of every christians life. Satans weapons (jealosy and ambition} are working against us. God's weapons (faith, blessings and the forgiveness of our sins) are available to us..
Pastor Panning returned from his vacation. Todays lesson is about the old phrase "STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES......." All 3 lessons today include references to hurtful words. The references include correcting the misstatements, admonitions against using such words, and what a fearful, then faithful response to hurtful words looks like.
All three of this morning’s lessons illustrate consequences – only one of which is a happy one. But it overpowers either of the other two examples of consequences. That same good, overpowering consequence is mightier than any consequence we may face. It is the reason for joy in the time of sorrow, strength when we feel weak, confidence when confronted by turmoil.
In our epistle lesson today, the apostle Paul raises the specter of spending an exorbitant length of time in a deteriorating tent; and he compares that to living in a heavenly dwelling built by God. But Paul is not talking about a canvass or nylon shelter.