Tag: forgiveness

Forgiveness and Mercy

Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. -from Luke 7 I am going to begin with a story that seemingly has nothing to do with today’s scripture. You may have heard me tell this story before. If so, bear with me. A long time ago, in a different place,…

Joseph the Dreamer

Joseph had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I…

Preparing Our Hearts: Joseph Edition

Joseph: Son, Slave, Second in Command. Last Sunday, we looked at God’s promise to Abram: that he would have a biological heir of his own, and not need to hand his household off to Eliezer when he died. God said that Abram’s descendants would be uncountable like the stars in the sky. This week, we move from the nighttime darkness Abram…

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Forgiveness

“…when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbersthat there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man,carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the…

Never Gonna Give You Up

  “I led them with cords of human kindness,     with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts     a little child to the cheek,     and I bent down to feed them… My heart is changed within me;     all my compassion is aroused. I will not carry out my fierce anger,     nor will I devastate Ephraim again. For…

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Dancing

David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned for forty years. ​In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years. -from Second Samuel, chapter 5 Goodness, it’s been a while since I preached! We’re telling the entire story of the Bible together,…

Community of Communion

Dear Friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God… -from 1 John 4 [Sermon given at the annual picnic at Quaker Knoll.] Last week, we talked about integrity, about the Quaker call to live lives of wholeness and honesty. Rather than looking at our personal integrity, though, we looked instead at what it means to be a…

Judas and Peter, Beloved

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” -John 13:34,35 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the…

Come and See

““Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.” -from John 1 In the beginning, the earth then was welter and waste and darkness over the deep and God’s breath hovering over the waters. It was then that the Voice began to speak. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw…

Glory

Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” -from Exodus 33 When last we left our happy band… well, that’s not entirely accurate. When last we left our band, they were, in fact, relatively unhappy. Moses disappeared into the fire on the mountain, swallowed up in smoke, learning the low-down on God’s holy law. When he did not immediately return,…