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22 02, 2017

Salt in the Soup

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Isaiah 58:6-12   Matthew 5:13-20   Russell Eidmann-Hicks A dash of salt tosses zing into a dish, spice into a soup, pizzazz into a pizza.   A pinch of salt perks up a bland recipe.  Salt cleanses and preserves, it kills bacteria – and so it’s good to gargle with when you have a sore throat.   Salt isn’t boring, a little bit goes a long way. A slim ray of light illuminates a dark corner, a dismal closet, a dank cellar.   One candle in a lantern is all that’s needed to beam a path through a night-shrouded wood.   A small bulb in the right location brightens a large room.  You don’t put a light under a box or a basket; you put it up on a stand or a table, so it radiates everywhere. So what is Jesus saying here?   What do salt and light have to do with being a church, with [...]

21 02, 2017

Loving Enemies

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Leviticus 19:1–2, 9–18      Matthew 5:38–48    Russell Eidmann-Hicks How can we possibly love those who hurt us, reject us, shame us?  How can we open our hearts or forgive those who have been nothing but cold and cruel, hard and mean?  Jesus sets a very high bar for us today. About two weeks ago, we got a call in the church office from a man named Wayne, who said that he needed help with a car ride.   We get a number of calls from people asking for assistance, and need to sort out which are legitimate and which are scams.  I called Wayne back and talked with him and ended up driving him from a motel on Rte 35 in Middletown to one on Rte 9 in Marlboro, so that he could catch a bus back home to Los Angeles, CA.  Here’s his story:  He suffers from AIDS in a severe [...]