Live as Children of the Light (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)

Sermon for Last Judgment Sunday (11/9/14)

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Theme: Live as Children of the Light

          Have you ever wondered why we humans are so obsess with privacy? Probably not… I really had never wondered about that myself until this last week as I began preparing for today. But it’s true, isn’t it? Would you agree with the premise that we humans are obsessed with privacy?

I’m guessing that all of you cherish your privacy. It would make you uncomfortable to think of the whole world being able to see what is happening in your life – in the privacy of your home, office, or bedroom.

Our whole culture treasures privacy. I mean, privacy is written into our constitution – the fourth amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, protecting our privacy – our right to live our lives the way we want without the outside world looking in, unless they have proof that we are breaking some law.

We humans get uncomfortable and even angry when we think our privacy is being taken from us. Just this last week I heard a snippet of a radio interview with Sharyl Attkisson, a former CBS reporter, whose book is causing waves because in it she reveals that someone (possibly a government agency) gained remote access to her personal computers – something that is universally heralded as a horrible invasion of her privacy.

We humans treasure privacy. My business is just that – my business. My life is my own, my material possessions are my own, and in America I have the right to do whatever I want with them within the bounds of the law. And you have no right to know about my private life unless I share it with you.

This last week I asked myself, why? Continue reading

Stand Firm as Sheep among Wolves (Matthew 10:16-23)

Sermon for Reformation Sunday (11/2/2014)

Text: Matthew 10:16-23

Theme: Stand Firm as Sheep among Wolves

            The deep growl of the lion reverberated around the cave sending a shockwave of terror coursed through Daniel’s body. He could feel his heart pounding in his chest as the sleek, muscular cat pacing in front of him bared his milky-white fangs, licking his lips in preparation for a meal. He didn’t know whether to cry out in terror or just close his eyes, lay down in the fetal position and wait for those claws and teeth to tear him to shreds…

God says to his followers today, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.” It’s not quite sheep among wolves, but I guess a man among lions is close enough. God promises, “You will be hated by everyone because of me.” And it was no different for Daniel.

The only thing Daniel had done wrong was refuse to stop praying to the only true God. Now here he is, a man among lions, a man hated because he would not turn his back on his God… Continue reading