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

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

Video: Consumerism VIDEO

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 couldnít 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?

Lent: Turning Weaknesses into Strength
by Frank Schaefer

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

What was St. Paulís 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...

Will My Faith Be Enough?
Luke 17:5-6 and Matthew 17:20
  PowerPoint:  EnoughFaith


The question that is raised by the Scriptures for today is: "Will my faith be enough?"  Isnít it true that we often feel like that? We question our faith. We wonder if our faith is adequate, if itís enough. Iím not just talking about religious faith here. When I worked as a hospital chaplain a few years ago I quickly learned that faith is a spiritual property that all humans possess, whether they are religious or not.

  The Trouble with Judging Others

  Scripture: Luke 6:37-42
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  PowerPoint: Judging Others

The first point he makes in his book is about how judgmental Christianity is. He says: "If we must point fingers, let's point fingers at ourselves." [1] I wonder what it looks like to be non-judgmental. I think we are pretty good with not judging people as a local church, aren't we? We accept, welcome and support all people. Fact is, we are not known to try to convert those who think or believe differently from us. In fact, there are those among us this morning who would identify as Buddhist and Jewish this morning.


Karma  - Sowing Good Seeds

Scripture Readings: Proverbs 11:27, Job 4:8, Galatians 6:7, James 3:18
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Video: A Story about Karma

...the biblical metaphors for reaping what you have sown are virtually a description of Karma! The verses they list following this description are the ones we just heard read. It's amazing to me to see how these conservative evangelicals are so narrowly focused on their particular theology that they don't even make sense anymore....


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 letís 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: ďSir, maíam, can you spare a penny for a blind beggar?Ē

  Will I Be Alright?

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 didnít 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 ďaha-momentsĒ 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 consisten...