A good friend took me aside a few years ago and said, "Look. You talk about Jesus. But
that is not what 99% of people have their minds on." I asked, "What do most people have
their minds on?" He went on, "Most people have their minds on one of three things. One,
what they're going to do this weekend when they get off work, two, where they are going
to go this year on vacation, and three, how much longer they have to work before
retirement." He said if you just hang around the water cooler or the coffee pot at work,
this will be confirmed in less than five minutes. He was right.
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Self-Serving by David O. Bales Psalm 112
Pastor Moen scooted aside his computer keyboard and grabbed a pencil. What he was going to write needed careful attention to every word, to the point of feeling what he wrote. He resolved to represent Jesus Christ and not to allow his negative feelings to overwhelm God’s grace. After a gaze at the ceiling with one last sigh of prayer, he began:
As God's people we have a choice to make about what sort of covenant we want to live with. In Jeremiah the Lord compares what the people received under divine leadership and guidance, and what awaits those who choose gods that are not gods. The author of Hebrews reminded the people of just how scary that whole Mount Sinai business was and how disastrous the results compared to the boldness in which we approach the living temple and the lamb of God.
The wedding season starts around Easter each year, heats up during June, July and August, begins to quiet down during September and is usually finished by October. It can become quite hectic if most Saturday afternoons of the three summer months are taken up with weddings, but they are usually fun to conduct and a real privilege for the priest.