A few years ago I planted my garden and it rained, and it rained, and it rained. The corn kinda sorta came up. The weeds grew too. Way too late, between rain showers, I weeded the garden. I got to the corn. Some of the weeds sort of looked like corn (I convinced myself). I really did not want to replant the corn, so I crossed my fingers, and left the entire rows of corn with weeds in-between, hoping some of the weeds were really corn. I really knew that I had four, sometimes five feet of bare spots between corn seedlings. As the days and weeks went on and the sun came up, the corn and the weeds grew. I did not have much corn that year, but I had some very healthy weeds.
This message will be preached on Sept. 19 at SACC. The notes will be added on Sept. 21.
The message on 9/19/10 begins with an illustration from the life of the violinist, Kreisler. Although not part of the message, the above YouTube link is a sample of the great violinist's music. Many more samples of his work can be found on YouTube. Click on "read more" for the message.
Today is the first of three messages from Romans ch. 1. I made a decision this week. Romans is a giant of a book. I have often thought about preaching through Romans, but there is so much and the book is overwhelming to me. 1-2-3 times a year, I am going to take a chapter at a time between other series.
The poem below can be found at www.chabad.org. It is a wonderful summary of the book of Esther. Selections were read from the poem for the Sacred Canopy message from Esther. As you read the poem, notice that the name of God is not fully written out, which is a sign of respect for the Jewish author. Also, the king's name Acheshverosh in the poem is the same as King Xerxes, which is the translation in the NIV.
Esther 1:10-12; 2:17; 2:21-23; 3:7; 4:14; 6:1-3; 10:3.
We all have a need for life to make sense. A recent posting on facebook: Someone will walk into your life one day and you will finally understand why the relationships in your past never worked out.. One person answered. BECAUSE EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON!
Carl Crouse, Pastor
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