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Homily by Associate Pastor Chris Tiews, 02/24/2010

This is the first of our mid-week Lenten Evening Prayer services, in which we will be examining five key acts of our Triune God and their implications for all believers.

Tonight’s topic is Jesus Christ’s incarnation, which will be followed next week by His crucifixion and resurrection;

Then we will discuss His ascension; then the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost;

And finally, how the Holy Spirit creates and sustains nourishing faith in us.

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Homily by Associate Pastor Chris Tiews, 02/24/2010

Today we are celebrating the Festival of St. Matthias.

Not much is known about this apostle.

In fact, St. Matthias—whom we should not confuse with the disciple and Gospel writer Matthew—is mentioned only twice in Scripture.

Both Bible passages about St. Matthias are in Acts chapter 1, today’s second reading.

After Christ had ascended, St. Matthias was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot—who had betrayed Jesus and committed suicide.

According to Early Church tradition, St. Matthias was also one of the seventy-two whom Jesus sent out in Luke chapter 10, but Scripture does not record this.

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Lent 1 – 2010

Pastor Mason Beecroft, 02/21/2010

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Pastor Mason Beecroft, 02/17/2010

When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting.

Jesus had no patience for hypocrites. In fact, His most venemous attacks were directed toward them. While Jesus is definitely opposed to all sin, every violation of God’s Law, He spends little time in His ministry dealing with the sins that would get our attention. Now we would like to hear Jesus condemn the really bad people, you know, the murderers, the child abusers, the wife beaters, the sexually immoral, extortionists, robbers and thiefs and other scoundrels. Yet Jesus spends little time or energy on those sins. Instead, He saves His harshest condemnations for those whom he called hypocrites, people who would have been the most respected and revered citizens and religious leaders of the day, people we would consider good folk.
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Homily by Associate Pastor Chris Tiews, 02/14/2010

She was born a healthy child. And just like any baby, she delighted in bright colors and cheerful sounds.

The bright reds, blues, and yellows of wild flowers…

The playful yips and barks of puppies…

The delicate chirping of young birds…

But then—at the tender age of nineteen months—she was plunged into a strange and alien microcosm of blackness and silence.
What had happened? She had contracted a disease that robbed her of the ability to see and hear.

Now, even though she was still physically in the midst of her loved ones, she might as well have been on the dark side of the moon…

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