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Taking a Hard Look, John 1:29-42, by Rev. Randy Quinn

A 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.

I've spoken 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 new things.

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). ...Subscribers: click here for full manuscript
 

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 enemies? ....

 

January 19th:
Message of Affirmation: You Are a Badass!
Talk based on the book with same title and various Scriptures
  
 
Book Link:
You Are a Badass
 PowerPoint:  
You 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 awesome you are...
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