The Journey through Lent

The Journey through Lent

 

Text: Ephesians 2:4-10

 

We have been journey for several weeks through that time of the year we call Lent. And still after all these years of observing the season of Lent there are still people who respond to Lent with the words, ‘I don’t like Lent’. When you ask why there are numerous reasons. One is that people don’t like Lent because everything gets so dreary in church, and because you have to ‘give up’ something you like. And some say it because during Lent there is a sense that you have to pretend to be pious in a way that, deep down, you knew you are not.

 

Well, who would like Lent if that is what it is all about? As we enter the 4th Sunday of the Lenten season it is important to reflect on what is about Lent that is important. After all if we look at the aforementioned answers to why people don’t like Lent we can see why people don’t want much to do with Jesus Christ especially if we look at him the same way people tend to look at Lent. And if we take it one step further, don’t we often treat our whole life as God’s child similarly – like an unpleasant burden that one somehow has to endure?

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Can This be the Saviour of the World?

Can This be the Saviour of the World?

 

Text: John 4

 

‘Can this be the Saviour of the World?’ So asks the Samaritan woman after confronting a stranger in the heat of the day at Jacob’s well in Samaria. ‘Can this be the Christ?’ she asks as she reviews an intense and transforming experience with one who at the beginning of their conversation she addresses as antagonist and then progressively as teacher, then as prophet, then, finally as Messiah, the one exposing the meaning and destiny of her life. For John, that woman’s question, and her experience, coincides with our own. He illuminates in this confrontation the ultimate unity of humankind resting in one whom we may finally call Christ.

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The Path of Freedom

The Path of Freedom

 

The behaviour of the mind presents an intriguing study, and in the past number of years the science of psychology has greatly enriched our understanding of the mind. Books on the mind and its workings are so numerous and popular that practically everyone these days is an amateur psychologist. One of the many things that has been learned about the mind is that it has a way of protecting itself from severe injury. We are not talking about external head injuries and how the skull protects the brain but rather the protection of the mind. That is, those things which might tend to be injurious to the conscious mind are repressed to the level of the subconscious to protect the personality.

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Transfiguration

Transfiguration

 

Text: Matthew 17:1-9

 

Have you ever thought about the sermon that transpired on the Mount of Transfiguration? It was not a sermon with words like Jesus’ familiar Sermon on the Mount. This sermon was personified by the three great characters of Biblical history who met and talked together on that sacred mountain. As we look at the passage more carefully we come to realize that indeed it is a sermon that we see as opposed to one that we read.

 

Take a notice of the scene. Each of these men has something important to communicate concerning the saving work of God amongst his people. The three men together summarize the history of God’s redemptive work among the people of the world, first the Israelites and then those who follow Jesus.

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Salt of the Earth

“Salt of the Earth”

(This sermon is provided by PWS&D for this Sunday which is PWS&D Awareness Sunday. It is written by the Rev. Iona MacLean, First Presbyterian Church, Pictou, Nova Scotia

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Matt. 5:13 — You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

 

Everyday, common salt — what an odd thing to call the disciples!

 

We put salt in our food — or not, if we have high blood pressure.

We spread it on our icy roads and sidewalks and then complain about it staining our boots, coating our cars and polluting our fresh water lakes.

 

We use it, but we don’t really give much thought to salt, it is so common, so available.

 

But if salt is common, it certainly is not unimportant.

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