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Mar 20, 2011

2 Chronicles 1:1-17

Today’s Reading is 2 Chronicles 1:1-17.
If you had one wish that God would grant you what would it be?
Solomon chose wisdom. But God didn’t stop just there: “And in addition, I will give you more wealth, treasure, and fame than any king has ever had before or will ever have again.”
That gives some perspective to a couple of new testament references that come to mind:
John 18:38 “And what is truth?” Pilate asked.
Matthew 6:31-33 So do not start worrying: “Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?” (These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things.
It has happened before! It will happen again!

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Mar 13, 2011

Matthew 4:1-11

Today’s Reading is Matthew 4:1-11.
Jesus and Satan go back and forth throwing Scripture passages at one another. Both of them use the least helpful term in any spiritual conversation: “The Bible says”.
Because once one says that they pretty much want the discussion to be over. Please don’t doubt my point because I’ve got the Word of God on my side. But sure enough another passage will say the exact opposite. Basically you start playing pin-pong with words without going anywhere.

The situation between Jesus and Satan is resolved though by Jesus answering: “Go away, Satan!”
The Bible is only the word of God in a sense that it testifies to the Word of God which is the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus is the beginning and the end and has the final say. Scripture can be helpful in keeping conversations going but not shutting them off!

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Mar 9, 2011

Matthew 6:1-18

Today’s Reading is Matthew 6:1-18 and it goes perfectly with Ash Wednesday. Today is the day Christianity enters the Lent season: 7 weeks leading up to Easter.
In case you missed the Ash Wednesday Liturgy today, here is one powerful part of it, that tells you what fasting is all about:

“Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This is season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.”

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Feb 20, 2011

Sermon Podcast: Praying for Dummies

Listen to a sermon by the Rev. Daniel Haas titled “Praying for Dummies” based on Matthew 6:5-15. It was delivered at Provo Community United Church of Christ on February 20th 2011.

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Feb 13, 2011

Sermon Podcast: Yin Yang

Listen to a sermon by the Rev. Daniel Haas titled “Yin Yang” based on Matthew 5:17-26,43-48. It was delivered at Provo Community United Church of Christ on February 13th 2011.

  
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Feb 6, 2011

Sermon Podcast: God is still speaking in Utah Valley

Listen to a sermon by the Rev. Daniel Haas commemorating Scout Sunday and the 120th anniversary of Provo Community United Church of Christ. It was based on Matthew 5:13-16 and delivered February 6th 2011.

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Feb 3, 2011

Matthew 19:13-30

Today’s Reading is Matthew 19:13-30.
Verse 24 is one of those images you just can’t wrap your head around unless you know where it comes from: “I repeat: it is much harder for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.”
Jesus again is totally in line with his fellow teachers, just that Berakhot has an elephant instead of a camel. Either way it is an aphorism applied to unthinkable thoughts. The image is really taken from everyday life.
Most city gates, like the famous Jaffa gate have a door for pedestrian traffic as opposed to cargo animals. They were called “the eye of a needle”. The camel / elephant carrying you goods needs the gate open during day time. Hence they can’t sneak in at night but have to wait until the gate is fully opened in the morning.

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Jan 30, 2011

Sermon Podcast: Reality Check, Part II

Listen to a sermon by the Rev. Daniel Haas titled “Reality Check, Part II” based on Matthew 4:23-5:12. It was delivered at Provo Community United Church of Christ on January 30th 2011. Also you might want to check out Part I.

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Jan 23, 2011

Sermon Podcast: Called Together

Listen to a sermon by the Rev. Daniel Haas titled “Called Together” based on Matthew 4:12-22. It was delivered at Provo Community United Church of Christ on January 23rd 2011.

  
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Jan 21, 2011

Matthew 18:6-20

Jesus: What do you think a man does who has one hundred sheep and one of them gets lost?
Spock: Were I to invoke logic, however, logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
Kirk: The needs of the one outweighed the needs of the many.

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