Mary's angle on angels certainly changed after hearing the message from the intimidating messenger. Without an intimidating messenger, we can rejoice in the message of peace the we also receive from God.
Sermon Index – Rev. Benjamin Delin
We run from God. We all run from God. We all run from God for different reasons...but kind of the same reason. We all have the same bully taunting us with our own shortcomings, failures and fatal attractions. But we run, more notably, because we're not listening to our shepherd and the one who is speaking the message of peace.
Everyone has their own ideas, thoughts and angel about angels. What was Joseph's angle or Mary's? But maybe the most important question is, "What is heaven's angle on angels?" Come back throughout Advent to follow up on this series on angels.
We can get a bit squeamish when we hear people say, "I give you my word." Promises don't mean much these days and sinful humans give us more and more reason to doubt the next person pledging their "word" to us. So how is God's Word any different?
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The fear of things left undone in the Lord's name can be crippling. Thankfully, we have a God abounding in love and steadfast mercy, who desperately wants us to enjoy His joy.
I can become easy for us to be complacent in using our faith. What can we do to tangibly engage our faith on a regular basis?
Have you ever wondered why we name our dead before the Lord on All Saints' Day/Sunday? There is a very good reason. And it doesn't mean what many suppose it to mean.
The world likes to give us false dilemmas. They especially like to give us dilemmas and then only provide two options. But there are rarely only two answers to a question and the same goes for the false dilemma that the Pharisees and Herodians lay out for Jesus in this Gospel reading.
Weddings are expensive. If you've ever planned one, or been a part of the planning process, you know that you have a lot invested in this event! When people don't show after they said they would, it's hard to fathom their reply. The Kingdom of Heaven is no different. But rejoice that you are invited.
We don't like authority. It makes us feel small, unimportant or just frustrated. These concerns can lead to large faith issues when it comes to trusting the One who hold all authority in heaven and on earth.
There have been many conversations in the public square that keep the idea of "fairness" ever present in front of us. Prayfully we'll be able to keep perspective and relate to the world with compassion where life certainly isn't fair.
What does a simple discussion about food have to do with Christ's judgement seat? God has woven together the details of our daily life with His eternal rule.
It's rare that we have such a close comparison between America and 1st, 2nd and 3rd century Rome. In this sense we have much to think about in our need for a Good Shepherd who calls us to live as citizens of two kingdoms.
Paul's list is overwhelming for us. What are we supposed to do with this list of God's desires for us? What does it realistically look like for us to live in this way?
What does it mean to be a "living sacrifice"? That isn't a question that usually makes us excited to answer because we know what kind of sacrifice Jesus made for us. But you may be surprised what it means to be a servant of God.
If we look too closely at the details of this passage we may have difficulty understanding Paul's greater goal and vision of God's mission. Consider stepping back from the text to view, from a distance, the image that God is bringing you by means of Paul's letter to the Romans.
The nails were not the only thing that held Jesus to the cross.. What held Him to the cross, he now gives to you...purpose. By means of the love of God, He now wraps you with His purpose to take His Good News to the ends of the earth. Go!
It isn't always easy, it isn't always fun, but we are called to live a life of paradox. A life that acknowledges suffering while also living in hope.
We live in a world of paradox between suffering and glory. We do not only see one side, but live in the reality of both. We are "awkwardly positioned between the sufferings of this present world and the glory yet to be revealed." For this reason, we have hope.
We are children of God. This short sentence should surprised you. To call God "Abba Father" is something so bold that is should scare us.