Saturday, July 31, 2010

Knowing God - Mark 1:14-15

(from Pastor)

Jesus came to Galilee,
proclaiming the good news of God, 
and saying, "The time is fulfilled,
and the kingdom of God has come near;
repent, and believe in the good news."
Mark 1:14-15
 
Jesus' first sermon was 19 words long: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."
 
Jonah's first sermon was 8 words long: "Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!" (Jonah 3:4)
 
Repentance was at the heart of both.
 
In Nineveh, "the people ... proclaimed a fast ... put on sackcloth ... and sat in ashes."
 
My question today -- an 11-word sermon -- is, "What will you do in relation to Jesus' call to repentance?"
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy who needs to dance
(Dance? Why? Because repentance
is turning away from sin and turning toward God.
That's a lot of turning, turning, til it comes out right)
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repentance: to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life to feel regret or contrition, to change one's mind, to cause to feel regret or contrition, to feel sorrow, regret, 


What if you don't feel sorrow or regret? No contrition? Or is it more the act of turning away from sin? Not the feeling. Again - fake it 'til you make it. It gets tiring.

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