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This isn't from a service, just something a friend said to me:

"Waiting to turn to God until you feel worthy is like waiting to go to the doctor until you feel well."

And this one was from a fortune cookie:

"Happiness is a direction, not a destination."


Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:58 pm
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The services as the Kingdom Halls are split into two parts: the first part is a sermon from a guest speaker, while the second part is a study from their Study Edition of the Watchtower. The sermons are usually the more interesting of the two, IMO.

Today's Kingdom Hall service was... somber. The sermon was on the subject of dealing with grief, troubles and depression, while the study was about doing what we can do in His service -- specifically, remembering that we have limitations, and there will be things we won't be able to do.

At the end of the service we found out why today's service was so melancholy: a 15-year old member of the congregation had died in the hospital on Monday night. Condolences were shared between those present and her parents. :(


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In the past, it was quite the "in thing" for the rich to go on maiden voyages. So, when the "unsinkable" Titanic was going on its maiden voyage, many wealthy people boarded it with their arrays of jewelry and fine garments. It's been speculated that the jewelry alone was worth $50 million dollars at the time. Do you know how much these necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other adornments are worth today?

$0.

They're at the bottom of the ocean, never to be seen again.

Matthew 6:19-21.

And that was today's service! :P


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Well that's a cool connection!

Our service today was about God calling us individually, and how it can be difficult to answer that call when God directs it not in a vague direction but at you.

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Our service was about the story of the judaeans ghrown into the oven by Nebuchadnezzar and how they said 'whether our God saves us or not, we will not bow to your statue.' Leading to that we should not fear death, but that we still have people around us to think about.

What did they play on the radio when we were eating afterwards? 'Always look on the bright side of life.' God has a sense of humor :)

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Our sermon was really good! The pastor gave the illustration of a young man back at his old church who guest preached, and he had purple hair, piercings, a collar (*giggles*), etc., and how people's assumption was a very irreverent person, but then his preaching was so full of faith and knowledge. He compared the expectations of Mary Magdalene when she saw the tomb, and how Jesus came to prove them wrong. This came with an admonition to be wary of leaning too heavily on cause-and-effect assumptions.

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We had a sermon on loving the glory of God, and that includes loving and taking care of His creation. Per Psalm 8, we are only a little below God, and are charged with taking care of the planet as well!

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We had a good sermon from a guest pastor! She preached on then pentecost and how it showed the church in its purest, people of different countries and languages coming together to worship. She used this to emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion!

Boo nobody else is sharing. :(

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Boo nobody else is sharing. :(

Sorry, first service with the new sound mixer. I was so tense that the musicians could have used my nerves to play the violin, so I wasn't paying that much attention. (Even during the sermon, I was setting and tweaking all kinds of stuff.)

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Our pastor preached about how quickly the world changes, touching briefly on Moore's Law. He recommended listening to the Holy Spirit and the changes It wants us to make in ourselves and the world, such that this focus makes a good dynamic foundation with which to handle all the other change we face!

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We had a guest preacher today, speaking on the subject of good and righteous people.

Tradition tells us that we are all sinners, i.e. that none of us is worthy to be with God. As an example see Romans, where Paul repeatedly states this. However, Jesus himself clearly indicates in Matthew 12:35-37 that both good and bad people must exist, there are even a number of people that are explicitly referred to as 'good' in the Gospels. In the end he reconciled these views with Ecclesiastes 7:20, for which he had a very interesting translation (paraphrased from NBG1951 because I couldn't find an English version that is translated the same): "Because nobody on earth is so just that he does (his) good (works) without sinning."

In the process he also touched on what justifies us (our faith) and a few dangers of faith: faith as in mere factual belief (a belief that *only* consists of convincing others that X is the only truth because X is mentioned in the Bible) and merely having a theoretical faith, not a practical one. As he said: "Make sure that, behind your back, others say good things about you."

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Our sermon was about having values that are universal enough to be sustainable to a rapidly changing world. If your values only apply to our current world, when it changes, how do you act like a Christian?

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