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Never Go Camping With Jael

Sermon Text – 10.14.2018 [Judges 4:17-23 and Proverbs 31:17-19, 30]

          In the 1950’s C.S. Lewis wrote a series of fantasy novels called the Chronicles of Narnia, a few years back they made a few of them into movies. In the land of Narnia there are all sorts of fictional creatures like fawns and dwarves and centaurs, the trees move and the world is just full of magic – where anything seems possible. But one of the more delightful features was that the regular animals – like you might find in our world can talk. All the animals of Narnia speak. Well, at least, in most of the books. The most famous book is The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – where four young children travel to Narnia to help defeat the evil queen, and along the way they make lots of friends with some of the woodland animals, all of whom can speak. In the next book, called Prince Caspian, the four children travel back to Narnia – only to find that over a thousand years have gone past and Narnia is a very different place. Humans have come in and taken over the world. And there’s a scene in the movie, which is also in the book – where they happen upon a bear. And because they are used to talking, intelligent animals, they introduce themselves – but suddenly the bear charges at them, roaring fiercely. And to protect themselves, a dwarf named Trumpkin shoots the bear. One of the children, Susan asks, “Why wouldn’t he stop?” Trumpkin responds, I suspect he was hungry. The children ask all sorts of questions, “He was wild, I don’t think he could talk at all.” But then Trumpkin explains, “You get treated like a dumb animal long enough, that’s what you become. You may find Narnia a more savage place than you remember.” The idea being that all animals used to be able to talk, but humanity treated them poorly for so long – they became lesser. You get treated like a dumb animal long enough – and that’s what you become.

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The Head and The Neck

Sermon Text – 10.07.2018
[1 Kings 21:7-16 and Proverbs 31:10-16, 30]       
 
     A man is the head of the house, master of his domain. A man is the head of his family. Sort of. In 2002, a movie called My Big Fat Greek Wedding was released about a young Greek woman with an over-bearing family who falls in love with a non-Greek man. Over the course of the film, the young woman grows more and more independent, but as you can imagine her parents are divided about their daguther growing up. Her mother is very supportive, but her father is not quite. You’ve all heard the phrase – “a man is the head of the household,” but personal experience tells us that it’s almost always more complicated than that. The relationship between a husband and a wife can be a tricky thing, and one of my favorite – somewhat odd – descriptions of that dynamic comes from My Big Fat Greek Wedding – well here, let’s take a look. [show movie clip]. The man is the head, but the woman is the neck and she can turn the head any way she wants.

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I Believe In the Holy Spirit

Sermon Text  – 09.30.2018
[Acts 2:14-18 and John 3:6-8]       
    Clare Boothe Luce once said, “There are no hopeless situations. There are only people who have grown hopeless about them.” There once was a man who had two children, twin boys. The man was a mess – alcoholic, constantly out of work, abusive. One of his boys grew up to be an alcoholic, constantly out of work, abusive and angry. One day someone asked the son, “Why are you like this? Why are you the way that you are?” The boy, all grown up, shrugged and said, “Look at my father, what else could I become?” The twin brother also grew up, never touched alcohol, was always a hard worker, was kind, gentle and happy. One day someone asked him, “Why are you like this? Why are you the way that you are?” The boy, all grown up, shrugged and said, “Look at my father, what else could I become?” Perspective is everything. Life happens whether we want it to or not, success or failure is not what comes in our life – but how we handle what comes. There are no hopeless situations. There are only people who have grown hopeless about them.

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