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Sermons about Forgiveness
The vengeance of the Lord is a subject that's not really been taught in the church. But in this last day I believe this is an aspect of God we must understand if we are going to stand in faith and accomplish our kingdom purpose.
In light of recent events, including the killing of 9 saints of God in Charleston, SC while they were in a prayer meeting, the topic of forgiveness is timely and apropos. The content of this message brings us to a place where we can get free from the invisible shield.
Near the middle of my sabbatical I offered some gory Church details, putting them in order, and shared a divine development which has surfaced. Hard as I tried to not give a sermon, I'm pretty sure a sermon came forth - - including insight regarding the recent Supreme Court decision about homosexual marriage and how Christians ought to respond. 51 minutes.
"God, Do You Care That We Are Perishing?": Sermon for the Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 7, Year B
Most of us have times in our lives when we are suffering. In the midst of crisis and tragedy it is especially natural for us to ask "big theological questions" like: "where is God" and "why would an all-powerful God allow this suffering to happen to me?" This sermon spells out how God does NOT want suffering, but is present with us in its midst.
I used to think that 1 John 1:9 was written to Christians as a way to cleanse us from sin and put us back in right standing with God. But now we no that because of Jesus fulfilling the law sin no longer separates us from God. So then what is 1John 1:9 for? In this teaching we give you the correct perspective of this verse so that you can see it in the light of grace.
Before addressing 'homosexuality' directly--and identifying it as a sin-- we need to consider what is the Christian, biblical view of how sinners are to be viewed and treated. If we start here, then self-righteousness and hate will be averted as we interact with the world, friends, and associates who will not share our biblical understanding of homosexuality. Essentially, homosexuality is just one way in which we commit 'porneia'-- violation of God's commands about sexuality as He designed it.
Rejection hurts and can leave some indelible marks on our hearts. It can cause us to recoil, to seek out isolation, to wallow in self-pity. For those who follow Christ, there is also an added increase of it in this world. If they rejected the Son of God, do you not think they will also reject the sons of God?
God gives us the gift of intimacy. From the beginning of creation, we have been made for intimacy with each other and with God. But we have also abused this gift, leading to distrust, shame, and pain. God calls us to restore our separation and lack of intimacy with each other and with God. Refusing to do so can create for us a kind of "hell."