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Lost in Sin . . . Found in Grace

4th Sunday in Lent

Lost in Sin . . . Found in Grace

Text:  Judges 10:6-16

After all that God had done for his people!  If you read the Bible books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Joshua straight through, you will be impressed with a time period when God miraculously intervened more than any other time in Israel’s history.  The accounts of God’s interactions with the Israelites during the days of Moses and Joshua are truly amazing.

You may be able to do a quick survey of stories in your head.  First God sent the 10 Plagues on Egypt so that Pharaoh would let his people go.  Then he led two million people out of Egypt and through the middle of the Red Sea on dry ground—the same sea he used to destroy their enemies.

While in the desert the Israelites whined and complained and moaned and groaned.  Yet God provided water for them, sometimes miraculously turning bitter water sweet or bursting water out of a rock for them.  He dropped bread called manna and birds called quail out of the heavens for them to eat every day.  He revealed his glory and might on Mt. Sinai.  He defeated countless enemies.  He brought them to the Promised Land of Canaan that did not belong to them and defeated all those enemies.  He made the impenetrable walls of Jericho fall down when Israel marched around them and even made the sun stand still for a day so general Joshua and Israel had more time to rout the enemy.  Read the rest of this entry

The Blessings of Forgiveness

A Meditative Sermon on Psalm 32

Text:  Psalm 32

The heat was overwhelming, overbearing, and overpowering.  You know the feeling.  It’s so hot you become completely sapped of energy.  You don’t want to do anything because you are too tired and exhausted to move.

I wasn’t perspiring.  I wasn’t glistening.  It was so hot I was pouring sweat—buckets of sweat.  It felt like it was 120 degrees with 120% humidity.  It felt like I was wearing a goose feather winter parka, snowsuit, ski mask, and gloves in the middle of summer.  That’s how hot I was.

I ached down to my bones.  I was dehydrated.  I was dizzy.  I was nauseated.  I felt like I was going to die.  Read the rest of this entry