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Text:  Matthew 16:24–26
Title: Busting the Myths that Make Us Miserable.  Myth 2: The World Owes Me Happiness

[From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!" 

Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."]

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? 

 

The need is incredibly great -- the Haitian and Chilean earthquakes being the main focus at this time. Please consider helping in any way you can.

 

As followers of the Lord Jesus we are encouraged to "bear one another's burdens." Thus the world will "know we are Christians by our love."1

 

LWR.org gets you to Lutheran World Relief which is noted for spending less than 10% of its income on overhead -- meaning that over 90% gets to the the crisis or disaster where the givers want to help. You can contribute on-line or by mailing your gift to Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21298-9832 USA

 

Care.org is the other agency assuring that over 90% of their income goes to the places of need designated by the givers. You can contribute on-line or by mailing your gift to CARE USA, 151 Ellis Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

 

LCMSWorld Relief & Human Care, an agency of our Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod, also directs almost 90% of its income to the designated relief services. Reach them through LCMS.org, and click on World Relief & Human Care or send your gift to LCMS World Relief & Human Care, 1333 South Kirkwood, St. Louis MO 63122.

 

 

 

Lent is the season of the church year when we focus on the sacrifice Jesus made to pay the debt we owe for our sin.  We know there is no way we can pay the debt ourselves.  Only the Son of God could do that.  We have salvation only through faith in Jesus.

While we can not repay Jesus for what He has done for us, His love does require a sacrifice.  As we read in James, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”  We remain on earth to carry out the tasks which Christ left us to do – to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick and visit the prisoner (Matt 25:31-46).  Redeemer members do provide significant support for many human care ministries through our church offerings and even more through our personal contributions of funds and time, but there are always opportunities for more.

Text: Romans 12
Title: Busting the Myths that Make Us Miserable.  Myth 1: It’s All About Me.

You may or may not know this about us yet, but we love animals.  Among pet owners, some people are dog people and some people are cat people.  We’re non-discriminatory.  We have two cats and a dog.  And they are indeed two very different species.  A dog looks at his owner and says, “This man feeds me; he cleans up after me.  He must be god.” A cat looks at his owner and says, “This man feeds me; he cleans up after me.  I must be god.”

This season of lent, for our midweek services, I am going to offer a sermon series that I am calling: “Mythbusters: Busting the Myths that Make Us Miserable.” Each week, I will talk about a common myth or lie that we tell ourselves.  I think these myths are pretty much universal in the sense that all people basically fall prey to them, at least to some extent.  Tonight’s myth is: “Its’ all about me.”

And that’s where my little illustration of the dogs and cats fits in.  Dogs represent the nature of humanity prior to the Fall into sin.  Before Adam and Eve rebelled against God’s will by eating the forbidden fruit, they existed to serve God and one another.  That’s how my dog is.  She just wants me to be happy.  She exists to serve me.  Her highest desire is to please me.  Because in her mind, I’m like God.

February 17, 2010 
Text:
Matthew 6:1-21

Today, on the church’s calendar, is Ash Wednesday. I wonder, what is the appropriate greeting on Ash Wednesday? “Happy Ash Wednesday” doesn’t sound right. “Blessed Ash Wednesday?” Maybe. I don’t think there is an official Ash Wednesday greeting.

Clearly, Ash Wednesday is not a holiday in the sense that we usually use that word. There are no Ash Wednesday parties. No Charlie Brown Ash Wednesday television specials. Holiday, no, but Holy Day, yes. This day is holy in that it marks the beginning of the holy season of Lent.

Between now and Easter, the Church will be encouraging its members to engage in a searching and fearless moral inventory of themselves. Please, take some time each day, perhaps at bedtime to pray about this. Before God, acknowledge all the ways in which you have personally fallen short of His will for us and determine to change your ways. That’s repentance. It’s not easy and it’s not pleasant. We’ll sing hymns with titles such as “Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted” and “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded.” Serious stuff. But it’s good to be serious sometimes.

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