Sleeper awake!

A message given at the Eagle Lake Lenten Lunch 3/27/2017 Let us pray, Dear gracious God, we thank you for this time together in fellowship to be with you and each other. Open our ears so that the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight. Amen. From Ephesians 5:8-14 Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes vi

Is spiritual death painful?

Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 I had a patient once who was diagnosed with stage 2b breast cancer. My understanding is that the treatment would be somewhat aggressive and her prognosis was quite good. But there was a catch. Her daughter was getting married in three months and she didn’t want anything to overshadow her daughter’s big day. This lady made the decision not to tell anyone; her husband or her two grown children about this diagnosis. Not only, was she not going to tell anyone, she was going to continue with life as if the cancer didn’t exist until after the wedding. No treatments and no visits to the doctors. When I saw her next, probably six months lat

We all Thirst.

Third Sunday in Lent, Year A Exodus 17:1-7, John 4:5-42 Thirsting. Are we thirsting for water or something else? We thirst all the time. Some people thirst for alcohol, others for nicotine; myself, it’s often chocolate. Sometimes our thirst is a need. We can see this with certain addictions or even for water on a hot day. More often our thirst is a desire and we are rarely refreshed by it. We want more and our indulgence is often just a temporary fix; until we thirst again. Our readings open with the thirsty Israelites. They seem to thirst for water as they complain and quarrel with Moses. He says they are testing God. The woman at the well didn’t seem to be thirsty. Initially, she may have

Born Again, are you?

Second Sunday in Lent, Year A Genesis 12:1-4a Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 John 3:1-17 When reading the Old Testament, we often have this idea that the Israelites are the blessed people of God and the rest of the people are not. Today we clearly read that this is not the case; for God says, “All the families of the earth shall be blessed.” It is true that the Hebrew people are set apart from the rest of mankind, but it is not because they are the only ones in God’s favor. This universality of God is one of the points that Paul makes. Paul is in the middle of a debate as to who can be a Christian. Do you have to be Jewish before you can become Christian? Do you have to be circumcised? To understand th

Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape

First Sunday in Lent, Year A Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7,Romans 5:12-19,Matthew 4:1-11 Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape is a military training program better known as SERE. This training is offered to personnel who are at risk of capture or finding themselves behind enemy lines. A special period of time is set aside for these people to learn how to keep safe. The development of the program came out of interviews and lectures of military personnel who escaped from and evaded the Germans during World War II. Spiritually speaking, and at certain times in our lives, we can feel as if we are behind enemy lines or in the wilderness. Spiritual dryness or what can be termed the Dark Night of the

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