Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Day Resources
a Hard Look, John 1:29-42, by Rev.
few years ago, our family stopped in Spokane while
traveling the Midwest. We stayed with some friends who
lived there. Rich had been the pastor of a church near
us before moving to Spokane the summer before our
vacation. So we had gotten to know this couple and I
began to count Rich as one of my friends.
But on this
visit I learned something about Rich that changed the
way I interacted with him. Even Ronda noticed the
difference. In our conversation, we realized for the
first time that we had gone to the same seminary at
the same time. We had the same professors, we had the
same classmates, we had the same friends. We had seen
some of the same things. We had experienced some of
the same things. We had walked the same hallways. We
had even taken some of the same classes. Strange
thing, though, we don't remember ever meeting! In
Spokane, when we made this mutual discovery, we began
to share stories as if we had known each other our
entire lives. And at the same time, we began to talk
with one another as if we had never met.
with couples who meet, date, and marry, and after many
years of marriage still tell me that they don't really
know each other very well. They are still discovering
For many of
us, coming to church and worshipping God, or coming to
Sunday School and learning about God, has similar
dynamics. There is a sense in which we are like John
the Baptist who says he didn't recognize Jesus (v 31).
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The Power of Love,
Matthew 5:43-48, adapted from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's sermon "Loving Your Enemies", Rev. Frank Schaefer, editor
Certainly these are great words, but they are also difficult words. Over
the centuries, many people have argued that this is an extremely
difficult command. Many would say that it just isn’t possible to put
this command into practice.
I believe Jesus realized that it’s hard to love your enemies. He
realized that it’s difficult to love those who seek to defeat you, those
who say evil things about you. He realized that it was painfully hard,
pressingly hard. But he meant those words.
We cannot dismiss this passage as an analogy—it’s not an exaggeration to
get a point across. The principle of loving your enemy is a basic tenant
of our Lord’s ministry. We would be well advised to take these words
seriously and to actually live by them. And as we do, we will discover
that more powerful words have not been spoken. These words are
life-changing and if heeded, will give us peace and joy even in the
midst of strife! The first question we need to answer is: How do we actually love our
Message of Affirmation:
You Are a
Talk based on the book with same title and various Scriptures
Are a Badass
Are A Badass
Excerpt: On a flight to Atlanta last year, I sat next to a young lady who read what I
thought of as a rather provocative book entitled: “You are a Badass” by Jen
Sincero. It peaked my curiosity; I googled the book and to my surprise I found
that it contains a wholesome message very much in line with Christian values. So
much so that I decided to base today’s talk on excerpt from the book along with
Scripture readings that support it’s message.
Jen starts of with a self-affirming chapter:
1. You are awesome
“And while there are countless ways that we rip ourselves off, there’s
one way in particular that is, without a doubt, the most rampant and
the most devastating of all: we invest everything we’ve got in
believing that we’re not good enough....You
are loved. Massively. Ferociously. Unconditionally.
The Universe is totally freaking out about how
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