SERMONS FOR ADVENT, CHRISTMAS AND EPIPHANY (SUNDAYS 1-8 IN ORDINARY TIME)
A man said to me recently, "I'm just plain 'burned-out' after Christmas. I have lugged the Christmas tree out to the curb, but all the ornaments are still packed in boxes in the spare bedroom. Then there is the end of the year and all that goes along with that ... the working to stay ahead of inflation and trying to keep from going down during the recession ... working hard to get through college or get a promotion or get ahead in life." This man was caught in a grinding toil and going through the motions.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.