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The Instructions of Temptation - March 9, 2014

Matthew 4:1-11

"Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil." "Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes." "Pray that you may not enter into the time of trial."
Those three texts are just a few of the passages in the Bible about avoiding temptation. Christians take them seriously. We know that the best way to avoid sin is to reduce one's exposure to it. An alcoholic in the early stages of recovery doesn't keep alcohol in the house. The former shoplifter may do well to stay out of stores, asking someone else to buy her groceries. Someone prone to angry outbursts at public meetings does well to stay away from such meetings. Lead me not into temptation indeed.

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The Prophetic Message For Our Day - March 2, 2014

2 Peter 1: 16-21

About twenty-five years ago, my brother and I decided to vacation together at Yellowstone National Park. It was the year after the largest fire in the park's history. Predictions were that wildflowers would bloom in profusion in the burned areas, so we went to see them. As it turned out we were there too early in the season for flowers. We did see a lot of wildlife.
One day we drove to a site called Transfiguration Point. Dave asked, "What does transfiguration mean?" The only way I knew to answer was to tell him the story of Jesus' transfiguration. Three of the Gospels tell it. Jesus takes his three closest disciples with him up a mountain. There his face shines like the sun, his clothes become dazzling white and two figures, whom they somehow recognize as Moses and Elijah, meet with him. In awe, Peter offers to build three memorial booths. A bright cloud overshadows them and a voice from heaven says, "This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him."
"Oh," said my brother and we went on to admire the view and begin our hike. I don't think he was very impressed.

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The Plural You - February 23, 2014

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
I Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23

As my friend and our former superintendent, Joey Olson, would say, "I am a Yankee." Born in Missoula, Montana, raised in Pullman, Washington, I've never lived anywhere further south than Connersville, Indiana. As I studied today's text from I Corinthians, I got to thinking about the southern term, "y'all." Is it singular or plural? I also wondered, whether "all, y'all" is plural. So I called Joey and posted the question on FaceBook. A few of you here today were among those who gave me a tutorial in southern dialect.
It turns out there is no unanimous answer. Nearly everyone agreed that "y'all" can be either singular or plural. Most people said that to add "all y'all" is redundant, though apparently in some places it is used, I'm guessing for emphasis. For the most part it seems that context determines whether, "y'all come," means one person or a whole group.
I asked the question because the same problem exists in our reading today from I Corinthians. "Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?" Even for us Yankees, "you are the temple of God" could mean you in the singular or you in the plural.

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God Who Gives the Growth - February 16, 2014

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
I Corinthians 3:1-9

"I got an A on my English paper, Praise the Lord!" "Praise the Lord, the sun is shining today." "That cake turned out pretty well, Praise the Lord."
At the age of sixteen I was a brand new Christian and excited about my faith. I wanted everyone to know about it and so I seasoned my speech with references to God as a sign of my holiness. Finally, one of my siblings commented that it was a little much. I learned to temper my use of phrases like "Praise the Lord."
Looking back, I realize I was as awkward in my faith as I was in my almost adult body. Truly I was a baby Christian – sincere in my enthusiasm and not very adept at living it out. It's a little embarrassing to recall now, though I also know that nearly everyone goes through some variant on this phase. Just like a one year old baby plops on her bottom as she toddles across the floor or a speaker of a new language mixes up tenses and pronouns, so new Christians stumble and stutter as they try to express their faith.

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The Who and Hoo of Wisdom - February 9, 2014

I Corinthians 1:30-2:13

From childhood on I have loved AA Milne's books about Winnie The Pooh. Next to Christopher Robin, Owl is portrayed in those books as the wisest of the creatures, though with some humor. "Owl, wise though he was in many ways, able to read and write and spell his own name, WOL, yet somehow went all to pieces over delicate words like MEASLES and BUTTERED TOAST." Owl is fond of using long words and phrases like "customary procedure" and "issue a reward," which often confuse poor old Pooh, who after all, is a Bear of Very Little Brain.
Often we think of wisdom as a body of knowledge. Because Owl can read he is assumed to be the wisest of the creatures who inhabit the Hundred Acre Wood.

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