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For many chapters Saint Paul...

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For many chapters Saint Paul has built his theology one brick at a time. You are almost privy to watch his mind work as he prays, writes, reviews, and rewrites. But occasionally he is unable to contain himself when he realizes how good God is to him and all of humankind. At those points, like our lesson for today, he simply explodes in joy. It reminds me of how an inventor must feel when he sees his invention take life and really work. Imagine the moment when Edison heard the sound reproduced on a phonograph for the first time or saw the light produced in a light bulb.

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Good morning girls and boys,

Welcome. It's awesome to talk to you this morning. How are you? (children respond)

I have a question for you. Does your teacher ever teach something that is hard to understand? Are you sometimes puzzled or bewildered by something your teacher said?

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This is a story which tries to explain how Jesus can be the Holy One (God) and yet is regarded as God's son.

Call to Worship:

If we absorb Jesus, we live in him just as he lives in God. In our worship today, let us join together to explore what it means to absorb Jesus.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we find it difficult to understand the Bible.
Lord, have mercy.

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The power God offers to believers is different from the world's idea of power.

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