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Well, I helped one of my roommates with his talk (sermon) - I gave him a joke to use. So, my roommate is always away; one of the sayings of our church is to be in the world but not of the world. I told him he should say he's in the ward, but not of the ward (a ward is a congregation). It got a few chuckles - I'm glad I made people laugh.


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Our sermon was about Jesus and the Canaanite woman, specifically the account in Matthew. What the priest pointed out was that "Canaanite" was an antiquated term for Phoenicians, that Matthew specifically chose to call her (despite Mark, the first of the four Gospels), not using it. He compared it to calling a Swede a "Viking." Additionally, "dog" was extremely rude, which he compared to the N-word. Why was Jesus being so rude to this woman? He was testing her faith, because He knew that it would be tested again (as all ours was). Moved by the resilience of this gentile's faith, He healed her daughter.

Matthew 15:21-28 wrote:
21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.

22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

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The service I attended was pointed, if a bit controversial.

The thrust of the discussion was that many Christians focus so much on how their beliefs affect them (ie, "am I Saved or not?") that they either forget about or overlook the larger war going on. Satan's primary goal isn't, and has never been, about whether or not your or I am "Saved". He has always been aiming to dethrone God, and if he can use us to discredit our God, then he will.

This isn't to say that being Saved is unimportant -- it's extremely important -- it's just that it's only one part of a bigger picture.


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Our sermon was about the chronically bleeding woman who worked her way through a dense crowd to see Jesus, and was healed just by touching his clothes.

The pastor emphasized that this was especially notable because she would have been considered ritually unclean, and her going out in a crowd like that when she isn't supposed to be touching anyone was huge. And also that she was hardly some paragon of faith; she barely knew of or understood Jesus. But Jesus said that even her faith was enough!

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We had a guest preacher today, with the sermon being mostly about how people leaving the church has nothing to do with the church, instead it's purely their own fault and selfishness. Nicely inflammatory.

What mostly bothers me about it is not the actual subject (if taken somewhat less black-and-white, it could be a very valid point to argue), but the distinct impression I got that there was something very wrong with his logic and reasoning. I'll see if I can go over it again and put my finger on it when I'm editing the recording.

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Made it to church for the first time in months because of my work schedule. The sermon was about Moses and the burning bush. God is always with us and will work through us whether we're up to the task or not.


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The pastor preached about people who have been paralyzed, and how people bringing hope to them (or anyone in need) gives them a look at the nature of God.

It was also the Sunday where this church gives third-graders their own Bibles. It was kinda cute, they were wrapped in gift wrap, then newspaper comics, and then sparkly gold paper in three layers, because the Bible is a gift, the Bible is stories, and the Bible is a treasure. I thought that was kinda cute!

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We had a sermon about how God used screw-ups in the past, like Abraham and Moses, and he continues to, through us. Two quotes that stuck out to me were "God doesn't need you to be perfect, He needs you to be available" and "I (God) have no hands and choose not to be a puppet master, so I need you to go out and help."

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We had a sermon on the Wesleyan quadrilateral: the four elements that can be used to find truth. Scripture, tradition, experience, and reason. I think that's a really nice concept that helps us keep our faith grounded yet flexible!

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Our service was about the private faith that people have. Even if people do not make a huge show of it, or boast, or even necessarily do visible things with it, many people are deeply devoted to God. And God sees that faith, and He rewards it.

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Oh hey it's me again. :P

Our sermon was about bringing back Jesus' name, keeping it from being relegated to church and Bible studies alone. There was an emphasis on what people nowadays associate Jesus with (exclusion, judgment, closed-mindedness) and how we, as Christians, need to show that that isn't what Jesus is about, and bring people to Him with the reality of His love.

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Our sermon was all over the place, so I'll hit on some points!

The mine idea was about prophets. The pastor talked about John the Baptist and how he was a total weirdo, and how we can't always expect who to listen to. Additionally, he contrasted prophets to fortune tellers; a prophet is less likely to say "this is what will happen" and more likely to say "this is what will happen if we don't change things."

He also touched on gender a bit, shouting out to the #MeToo movement. He mentioned a remark from another pastor that the two most important holidays to Christians began with a woman not being believed. First Mary was met with skepticism when she was pregnant, and then Mary Magdalene was questioned when she found the empty tomb. He also mentioned how men are victimized by being taught we can only have two emotions: None, and anger. It's something we often need to relearn later in life when learning these things is more difficult.

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