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15 03, 2017

I Am Number Three

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I Am Number Three    Genesis 2:1-3, 15-17, 3:1-8    Matthew 4:1-11    Russell Eidmann-Hicks I recently read a psychologist talking about what it is like to counsel billionaires.  He has seen a number of them. (There are about 2,800 in the world – and of course millions of wannabees…)  One key observation this psychologist makes is that billionaires believe that the rules do not apply to them; they don’t have to obey them.  People are constantly catering to these folks, encouraging them to bend or break the rules.  Because of the astounding depth of their wealth, they can do things most people think is impossible.   Rules just don’t apply.  They feel above them.   In our story today Jesus is being encouraged by the Tempter to act this way.   The Tempter says, “Look, you’re the son of God, right? God’s Son!  So the rules don’t apply – do whatever you want [...]

15 03, 2017

Spirit of Generosity

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Spirit of Generosity   Acts 2:43-47    John 3:1-17      The wind of the Spirit blows free.  Can you hold the wind?  Can you grasp God?  Can you contain the Spirit?  Being free is not just being able to do whatever. And freedom is less about physical freedom and more about inner freedom. We’re free to jump into water whenever we want, but if we don’t know how to swim, it doesn’t lead to freedom.   We’re free to order whatever we want, but not if we can’t pay for it.  Freedom is more than just acting free – it is having the resources to be free.    That is what Jesus is point to in his conversation with Nicodemus.   This is what spiritual practices teach: inner freedom. We’re now in the season of Lent, and we are encouraged to take on spiritual disciplines and to repent for our misdeeds or indiscretions [...]