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Jude

Today’s Reading is the Epistle of Jude.
An unknown author who calls himself Jude talks a lot about judgment. One thing that is oftentimes overlooked is the context in which he puts it:
Verse 4b – “Long ago the Scriptures predicted the condemnation they have received.”
Judgment is a thing of the past not a threat in the future.

Jude’s letter is a relatively young piece of literature that almost did not make it into the Biblical canon. It even includes motifs the Bible otherwise does not know: a dispute between the archangel Michael and the devil about the corpse of Moses (verse 9) and a prophecy of Enoch, the seventh direct descendant from Adam (verses 14-15), based on the deuterocanonical Book of Enoch.

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3 John

Today’s Reading is 3 John.
Again – just one chapter and you’ve read an entire biblical book!

The “Elder” writes to Gaius and praises him for being cooperative. That is to be in an active relationship with the rest of the body of Christ, to be in covenant with other church as part of the Church. Every congregation, and every Christian for that matter, need to answer for themselves one simple question: How do you relate to the early church?
Christian Denominations
Every Christian, like Gaius, is called into the fellowship of a congregation and every congregation is called into the fellowship of a denomination.

The “Elder” complains: “Diotrephes, who likes to be their leader, will not pay any attention to what I say.” There have always been non-denominational churches – a very sad concept. A strong personality pulls his own flock together and calls it church. They then are told they do not need to relate to traditional churches. No communication wanted. No extended family wanted. No Christian unity wanted. Just me, myself and I.

In my denomination “each expression of the church is called to honor and respect the work and ministry of each other part. Each expression of the church listens, hears, and carefully considers the advice, counsel, and requests of others.” Now, that is Christian respect and love!

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Publish a Podcast through Posterous

The preaching category of this blog is also available as a podcast in the itunes store.
It is done through posterous.
Here is how:

First you need a device to record your audio. I use an iPod touch with ILUV Earphones, Remote and Microphone

Second you need to transfer your recording to your computer for a couple of reasons:
a) You want to edit it before publication.
b) An iPod touch only allows you to email very short voice memos.

Third you need to edit your audio file by cutting off what is not needed at the beginning or ending, enhancing volumes, add an intro and a few other things. That can easily be done with Audacity which is free and super easy to use.

Fourth you upload your file to your posterous. They pretty much guide you through everything. I use the autopost function to have my sermons sent here and to my congregation.

Fifth you run your feed through feedburner to make sure you keep track of your success.

Sixth you take your burned feed, go to iTunes and click the Advanced Menu and choose Subscribe to Podcast. Paste the URL and click OK. You’re subscribed. That means the latest episode is downloaded and iTunes will periodically check for new episodes. If there’s a new one, it will download it.

via posterous

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Sermon Podcast: Don’t worry!


Listen to a sermon by the Rev. Daniel Haas titled “Don’t worry!” based on Matthew 6:24-34.

It was delivered at Provo Community United Church of Christ on February 27th 2011.

  
Download now or listen on posterous

Don’t_worry_2011-02-27.m4a (12009 KB)

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2 John

Today’s Reading is 2 John.
Yeah, really an entire biblical book! Granted it’s a letter of only 13 verses but still. After reading it you can claim: Today I read an entire book of the Bible!

The Elder, whoever that is, makes sure that the Lady, whoever that is, does not fall for docetism:
Verse 7 – “Many deceivers have gone out over the world, people who do not acknowledge that Jesus Christ came as a human being. Such a person is a deceiver and the Enemy of Christ.”

Docetism is a gnostic believe that matter was evil, and as a result God would not take on a material body. This statement is rooted in the idea that a divine spark is imprisoned within the material body, and that the material body is in itself an obstacle, deliberately created by an evil, lesser god (the demiurge) to prevent man from seeing his divine origin.

The problem with that is, that it does not regard life as we know it as precious. Just imagine physical life wouldn’t matter to God: The food on the table, love and sex, a hug, going to visit someone in person, a pat on the back. Just imagine none of this were real: Your grandma dying, a pregnant women being morning-sick, a football player damaging his brain. All of this “only physical”! That is not in line what most of the Bible says about God and the Elder makes sure the Lady does not forget that.