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By Month: Jan 2020    Feb 2020    March 2020 

Special:    Corona Virus    Lent   Climate Change



 

 

March 01, 2020: Lent - Turning Weaknesses into Strength
by Frank Schaefer


Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

What was St. Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh?
Paul doesn't come clean about it. He keeps it a secret. However, one thing is sure, that he was really concerned about this issue. It continually distracted him. He begged God at least twice that we know of to take it away from him.

Some scholars say, it was a disease, sickness, which kept him from serving God, some say, it was a recurring sin or temptation he found himself giving into again and again. And some scholars have argued that Paul may have been gay, bisexual or transgender. Whatever it was this weakness was holding Paul back from complete devotion/commitment. There were so many things with which distracted him, as he mentioned in verse 10. But this weakness concerned Paul the most...

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March 08, 2020: Lent - The Less You Want, The Richer You Are:
  Overcoming Consumerism

 Scripture:
Hebrews 13:5-6, Matthew 6:19-21
 PowerPoint: Consumerism PPT

 Video: Consumerism VIDEO
  
  

If I were to ask people about what Lent means, what answers would I get?
Sinfulness - Do a Fast or Give up something - Pray/Meditate - Wilderness - 7 deadly sins

Today’s message is about some of these themes. 1. It’s about sin, specifically the sin of gluttony or consumerism and 2. it’s a bout giving up something for Lent, something we don’t need to begin with, to help save the environment and for our own spiritual growth.

1. Sin - Most of us living in the first world, we are gluttons. We are committing the sin of consumerism every day. The Greeks fully grasped the high costs of passionate excess. The idea of avoiding excess was a prime ingredient in a life worth living...

Why is excessive living or "consumerism" so bad? Well, it means that relatively few people in this world are taking more than they need and waste the excess. Have you ever seen someone in line at the buffet in the cafeteria and put so much food on their plate that they couldn’t eat it and then threw the excess in the trash? What a waste of perfectly good food in the face of world hunger. Did you know that consumerism is a major contributor to climate change? And yet we continue to buy and horde and waste. In the words of William Wallace: Our obsession with consumption means that we have become the future-eaters, swallowing up the future of generations yet unborn (2)....
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March 15, 2020 Ashes to Beauty
by Frank Schaefer
Scripture Reading: John 9:1-9
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Song Link: Beautiful Things
 

Close your eyes with me if you will and let’s imagine what his life must have been like for a moment. You sit in the all so familiar dirt once again, you listen to the hustling and bustling of people around you. As you hear people shuffling by you may stretch out your hand and say something like: “Sir, ma’am, can you spare a penny for a blind beggar?”

Suddenly you hear a group of people having a theological discussion about you. Has this man been born blind as punishment for his own sins or his parents sins. You’ve heard this discussion before. You want to scream:  “What did my family or I ever do to deserve this?” But you don’t dare do that because instinctively...and from experience...you know that this is not a safe thing to do. There could be terrible repercussions. And then you hear someone spitting....

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March 22, 2020: Will I Be Alright?
 
Scripture:
Romans 5:1-5
  PowerPoint:  Alright

  Song Link: I'm Alright FFH
("Trouble may find me, but it's not going to keep me down")

Excerpt: At the beginning of a new year, we look ahead to the new possibilities, but we often also start to worry about the dark clouds we perceive in the future. We worry and we ask ourselves, will I be alright?

Just recently I read a Psychology Today article that taught me something new. I didn’t realize that a negative outlook on life can be the result of a victim mentality. It was written by a minister/psychologist by the name of Nancy Colier. It was one of those “aha-moments” in my life which helped me to grow spiritually. As a definition, those with a victim mentality are always being victimized, at least in their own mind. They maintain a consistent victim identity and see life through perpetually victim-tinted glasses.

We all know people who seem to be constantly commenting on some injustice done to them — how others are denying them what they need, want, and deserve, controlling them against their will...

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March 29, 2020 Guardians of the Earth
by Frank Schaefer

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Read Genesis 1:26 (The Message):

God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature, so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth."

In our own lives, we reconnect with nature when we take a trip to the Rocky Mountains or the Caribbean or perhaps ski down a magnificent slope. The pristine wonder of nature still inspires us. Yet we need not go far. A trip to the zoo with a small child or a walk through a botanic garden can link us to the heaven and earth that Genesis says God created.

We are guardians of the earth. "Shomrei Adamah" in Hebrew. It isn't a new job. It was first given to Adam in the Garden of Eden by God. Just as God created the first human beings, God placed them in the Garden "to till and to tend it."

It's a divine job...

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