Sermon for Sunday, January 21, 2018
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John 2:16
Imagine yourself in the house of your dreams. Close your eyes for a moment and put yourself in the house you've always wanted. Now, imagine it is magically populated with everything you've always wanted- anything and everything. Now, as you've completed your ideal space, there is one more thing- you can't leave.
You've built this existence, this beautiful space, and you must stay there. It's everything you've always wanted, but
you can't leave. Keep in mind that you've included everything you could imagine you'd want. Whatever it might be, you've been granted the ability to include it in your creation.
Sermon For Sunday, January 14, 2018
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
God forgive me, but I have blamed God, in the past, over this verse. In the depths of my own pain, I used this verse to turn away from God. I hid in my burning anger at His seeming silence in the midst of so much suffering- not just my own or those close to me, but for people in general. I've heard others recite this to me, in times of extreme pain, as if it's supposed to comfort me. As if, right in the heart of the most pain and deep sorrow I've ever felt, some smiling bible quoter is going to help me by testifying AT me. In truth, it just made me angry. It drove me further from God and deeper into my own sense of loneliness and helplessness. I thought to myself, 'Good for you, God has your back, you understand things I don't- but I am overwhelmed, confused, and simply at my limit!'. I know that I am not alone in this feeling and that these types of situations can drive people away from God.