Deuteronomy 30: 9-20

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  • The Choice God Offers

    by Kelley Land
  • Sermon Starters (Epiphany 6A)(2020)

    by Stan Mast
    Frank Stockton’s classic short story, “The Lady and the Tiger,” is a perfect example of the murkiness of so many choices in a world where evil is so strong. A cruel king, a star-crossed lover and his jealous girlfriend, and two doors concealing a beautiful woman or a ferocious tiger. Which to choose? Whom to believe? What will be the consequences when the man finally has to choose? In a world filled with moral grayness, our text is a refreshing or jarring exception. An example of the moral complexity of our world is the way the words of our text have been claimed by opposite sides of the great abortion controversy. Our text urges us to “choose life,” but one side of the debate is “pro-choice” and the other is “pro-life.”
  • Epiphany 6A (2020)

    by Tyler Mayfield
  • The Promise of Dynamic Life

    by Jim McCrea
    Jeff Whillock tells of a time he was out driving and a car passed him. The driver of the other car had his seatbelt over his shoulder and the buckle hanging in front of his shoulder. Whillock realized that the man must have wanted it to look as if he were buckled in so he wouldn’t get a ticket, even though he didn’t really want the protection of actually being buckled. Thinking about that Whillock wrote: “The way that man dealt with his seatbelt is the way many people deal with their faith, with their relationship with God. People sometimes put one arm into the church…. So at a glance it looks like they are indeed secure in their faith, but really they are not buckled up. For in order for the seatbelt to work, the buckle has to […] be latched and fastened securely. That’s the way it was designed, that’s the way it works, that’s the way it saves your life. “So, too, it is with faith. In order for faith to work, in order for faith to really make a difference in your life, you can’t just wrap it around your shoulder. Your relationship with God has to buckle up. You have to allow the spirit of God to wrap around you. “Think about your own life, your own faith. Do you just kinda have one arm in the church so it looks like you’re wrapped in faith or do you allow God to penetrate your life […]? So too we must allow God to penetrate our lives to be alive and secure in our faith.”...
  • Choosing

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    Blues musician Robert Johnson (b. 1911) wrote, sang, and played the blues, though not very well at first. Playing for tips on street corners, Johnson sought out musicians like Son House to teach him how to play. In the early 1930s, Johnson disappeared for about a year from the juke joints and house parties that were home to music and musicians playing the blues. When Johnson reappeared, his playing had unnaturally improved. And the legend arose: Johnson had gone to the crossroads* and sold his soul to the devil in exchange for the ability to play and sing the blues better than anyone. And he did. By all accounts that midnight choice at the crossroads led to the skill and fame that were promised, but it didn't solve Johnson's problems. Not by a long shot. In 1938 Johnson became a member of the 27 Club, a list consisting mostly of popular musicians, artists, or actors who died at age 27...
  • A Heart for God

    by Glenn Monson
  • Epiphany 6A (2020)

    by Brent Neely
    Robert Frost once famously wrote in a poem “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”...

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  • Epiphany 6A (2017)

    by Doug Bratt
    As Frederick Buechner and others have observed, the word “law” can be used a couple of different ways. Sometimes a law reflects the way someone decides things should be. So the sign that tells you to drive 55 MPH on a certain stretch of highway is the law, but it’s rather arbitrary. Maybe it used to be 45 MPH and maybe someday a Department of Transportation committee will decide to move it up to 65 MPH. Similarly, if you own a patch of forest, it’s up to you whether or not to grant access to hunters. You can post either a “No Trespassing/No Hunting” sign along your fence line or a sign that says, “Hunters Allowed with Permission.” It’s up to you, and either way it is, as it were, the law for your property. Speed limit and trespassing signs are “law” in the sense of how we decide things should be.
  • My Night on the Mountain

    by Edwina Gateley
  • Epiphany 6A (2017)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Epiphany 6A (2017)

    by Brett Holmes
  • Epiphany 6A (2017)

    by Cameron B. R. Howard
  • Choosing Life

    by Janet Hunt
  • Happy Ever After

    by Russ Levenson
    In his later years, Leo Tolstoy wrote a book entitled Confessions. An autobiography of sorts, he shares that he had rejected Christianity as a child...so...he left the university and entered the social world of Moscow--drinking heavily, living promiscuously, gambling, and he found that did not satisfy. Ambitious for money--he had inherited a large amount, and he made a lot on his books--but he found that also did not satisfy. So he turned to success and notoriety and wrote what the Encyclopedia Britannica describes as "one of the two or three greatest novels in world literature." But he was left asking, "Well, that's fine. So, what now?" Then he tried family. He married in 1862 to a wonderful woman. He had 13 children--which, he said, did distract him from his overall search for meaning. He had achieved it all and yet one question brought him to the verge, actually, of suicide. He wrote, "Is there any meaning in my life which will not be annihilated by the inevitability of death which awaits me?"
  • Choose Life

    by Peter Lockhart
  • Choose Life

    by Jacob Waldrip
  • Epiphany 6A

    by Howard Wallace
  • Here and Now the Choice Is Made

    by Bob Warren
    Did you ever see the 1996 film Trainspotting? If you had, then you’d remember the opening “Choose Life” monologue of Ewen McGregor’s character in which he admits that he and his circle of heroin-addicted friends living in the Leith district of Edinburgh have given up their right to choose. Why? McGregor’s character puts it this way: “Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin.”

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