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Sermon Second Sunday After Trinity Canon Steven Dart June 26, 2022

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He hath visited and redeemed His people.” (Luke 1:68)

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Sermon 25th Parish Anniversary Canon Steven Dart June 25, 2022

“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.” (Matt. 9:38)

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Sermon I Sunday after Trinity, Canon Steven Dart June 19, 2022

“Beloved, let us love one another.” (1 John 4:7)

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Sermon Pentecost June 5, 2022, Canon Steven Dart

“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:4)

feast day of pentecost outpouring of the holy spirit one accord rushing sound of a mighty wind tongues of fire filled with the Holy Spirit other tongues wonderful works of God miracle foreign language French Swahili Gaelic proclaim victory of Christ visiting feast in their own language outpouring of love from on high the mighty deeds of Christ the wonderful works of God Peter pentecostal sermon hearts to repentance 3000 three thousand souls baptized add to church given to us that same Holy Spirit into His Holy Church indwells us faith sacraments baptism confirmation replenishing grace of Holy Communion God the Father God the Son God the Holy Spirit believe Lord and giver of life sequence hymn 109 praise all the work that He does great reach in all things speak blessings spiritual redemption graces emotional level soul level warm the heart that has gone chill enlightens ennobles glorious light of Christ physical blessings source of our store strength sustenance bodily strength health humble thanks for our creation redemption sanctification glorify apart from the Spirit apart from God we’re here God is there God is in all things and in all that we are sin St Thomas Aquinas the hole in the handkerchief real loving true summer camp high sierra mountains Yosemite Pinebrook meadow sugar pines trees ultimate frizbee river rock camp director clear the field forest department service lease natural force cleared the field natural force of water natural human force separate from the natural force of the earth created order connected earthlings natural force in us Spiritual force in us flowing blessing pastor farmer dilapidated property broken fences fields woods mess laboring five years 5 corn rows cattle pasture hens clucking beauty you and the Lord have done a great work on this property you should have seen it when God had it all to Himself apart from God challenge strength to do the work hundred pound hay bale throw where do we get the strength plant good idea inspiration good thought good word God in it with us inspires good idea seed germinate grow weather in good season rain participates actions God in His mercy has ennobled us creating us in His own image communion temples of the Holy Spirit through us instruments grace together with Him His will order of God steward of the land partnership cooperation sphere of influence into the world fellowship communion poetry prayer St Francis of Assisi Lord make me an instrument of your peace
where there is hatred let me bring love where there is offense let me bring pardon where there is discord let me bring union where there is error let me bring truth where there is doubt let me bring faith where there is despair let me bring hope where there is darkness let me bring Your light where there is sadness let me bring joy O Master let me not seek as much  to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand to be loved as to love For it is in giving that one receives it is in self-forgetting that one finds it is in pardoning that one is pardoned it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life hearts directed from on high perfect will of God Love defended from all error strengthened in all adversity led into all truth


Sermon Sunday After Ascension May 29, 2022 Canon Steven Dart

“When Jesus said to His disciples, Behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high. And Jesus led them out as far as to Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. And it came to pass, while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.” (Luke 24:49-53)

ascension of Christ historical event cloud received Him from their sight has done all things well and reigns in glory at the right hand of the Father De Fide live out our faith Anglican way manual prayer book Book of Common Prayer beliefs faith practice octave ten days 10 daily office holy communion evening prayer evensong not made with hands Jesus Holy of Holies of heaven figure of heaven fullness God dwelt ark of the covenant between the cherubim ten commandments budding rod of Aaron jar of manna approach high priest beyond the veil day of atonement bell hem of garment rope tied pull him out the One chosen heaven holiness of God no shadow of sin welcomed into heaven appear before God accepted enemy Devil Lucifer thrown out by St Michael archangel no place in heaven for sin intercessory position sacraments accepted ascensiontide Hebrews opening sentence morning prayer less us come boldly holiness human Christ knows suffered powerless need suffer hunger thirst betrayed abandoned beat up murdered human being appeal to Him intimately close love kindness glorified state Emaus desolation consolation Mary Magdalene resurrection and the life Peter personal ministry rejoice vulnerabilities sufferings Christ knows administered to us personally Holy Spirit Pentecost come boldly to the throne of grace indwell sanctify Lords Prayer assurance suffered as we suffer collect for ascension only begotten Son ascended into the heavens world in chaos darkness earthly pilgrims join ourselves to Him in heart and mind defied gravity hope bolidy in this world not of the world seek those things that are above endure transcendent power of Christ St Catherine of Sienna beautiful phrase all the way to heaven is heaven because Jesus said I AM the Way redeemed sanctified loved rejoice gratitude sacrament of the altar citizen of heaven


Meditation Rogation Sunday May 22, 2022 Deacon Darius Gasatura

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27)

Book of St James practicality faith missionaries work Christian faith theological circles faith without works is dead faith into action good acts sake of the kingdom practice decalogue summary of the law ten commandments instruction thou shalt not Pharisees love the Lord your God the two greatest commandments parable good Samaritan robbers man beaten attack his care love in action Johns Gospel new commandment as I have loved you you are my disciples be doers of the word and not hearers only glass forget priest Scriptures mirror perfect law of liberty blessed deed Jesus tempted devil sited Scriptures demons regeneration Romans Chapter 6 pure religion fatherless widows visit affliction Luke Jesus travels to Nain died widow child son compassion arise young man unedefiled encourages walk practically pure religion


Sermon IV Sunday After Easter May 15, 2022 Canon Steven Dart

“Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)

St James epistle for the ages 21st century live out the Gospel eucharist thanks blessings God is the one true God the only source of our grace mindful of our need His love Father of Lights created order sun moon stars author of all life education wisdom into the light brought out of the darkness of sin gift of God God of God Light of Light Very God of Very God Lord Jesus Christ no change orbits change of season no change or shadow of turning lunar eclipse through Christ Holy Spirit blessing us reconnect to our Creator with His creation Trompe l’oeil images not real two dimensional screen fascinated bauble Celtic church creation are the first scriptures contemplate meditate on Gods creation flower trees breeze grass prison diaries Joan Andrews pro-life solitary confinement prison jail beauty of a sunset love and light of God crack scratch in paint in window liberty to enjoy restoration every good and perfect gift comes from God redemption engrafted into the Word of Christ meekness gave our souls lift us out of death in to endless life eternal RSVP agency of the Holy Spirit sanctification sweetness farming technique almond tree grafted onto a peach tree to sweeten takes away bitterness infinite love cooperate with that grace accept His will Christ-like careful with our words lay aside all filthiness resonates love others radical way sacrificial joyful hearts


Sermon III Sunday After Easter May 8, 2022 Canon Steven Dart

“Give us grace who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s Religion, that we may avoid those things that are contrary to our profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same.” (The Collect for III Sunday after Easter, page 173, 1928 Book of Common Prayer)

eastertide celebration victory of Christ over sin over satan over death liberty gift brings to us kingdom of God nation gift of mothers day honor thy father and thy mother lesson teaching the eternal truth of God the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us cooperation participation Mary mother of Jesus exalted vocation blessed by God Himself incarnate arms of His mother feast day St Monica St Augustine patient intercession son 4th fourth century modern day Algeria husband pagan baptized pleaded cult Manichees dualistic fast seminal work confessions patience virtue love of Christ testimony exemplary life teacher rhetoric overbearing Rome leave at night not tell her death of her husband caretaker prominence Milan St Ambrose three saints Bishop cathedral church catechumen popular advantageous career officials tutor orator poetry author hymnal hymns audience with Bishop advance age life expectancy advice speak less to her son about God speak more to God about her son redoubled efforts tears crying out praying Santa Monica California spring dripped tears falling pleading conversion st paul writings monastic movements Egypt all for Christ moved St Anthony wealth gospels account of the ruler with Jesus sell all that he had give to the poor and come follow Him desert hermit own soul sensual pleasures unmarried state a child outside marriage sensual delights tormented confession miserable sinners clutches of sin not free guilt bondage struggle o Lord make me a saint but not yet cried out anguish garden fig tree pulling his hair knees to chest agony over the wall child singing take it and read take it up and read nursery rhyme collection epistles opened to first Scripture Romans 13 exhortation night is far spent the day is at hand armor of light encouraged speaking to him soul living Word drunkenness sensuality lust of the flesh living unto God freedom patient intercession May 4 Feast patron saint of mothers May 5 cinco de mayo agency of the Holy Spirit good works Bishop of Hippo modern day Tunisia norther Africa heretics Augustinian rule western Christianity liberated grace of God health soul spirit Christian sister thanks pain peril childbearing source of all Love


Sermon II Sunday After Easter May 1, 2022 Canon Steven Dart

“He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” (John 12:25)

certain Greeks worship Feast sir we would see Jesus the hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified red letter day saints st Philip st James venerate panoply of gods One True God apostles faith respect veneration martyrdom red vestments to the death glorified passion suffering death resurrection salvation human race Holy Spirit ministry gentiles grain of seed fruit spiritual principle hate his life love of Christ find his life life in this world love Christ idol path of darkness fullness Gethsemane cup of suffering drink to the dregs sweat drops of blood not My will but Thine be done third day rise again newness of life transformational acorn mighty oak tree analogy Fathers will earthly destruction life indestructible never to die again follow Christ eternal temporal material wealth riches authenticity witness follow the money Jesus gig profit filthy lucre forsake gold not their god Jesus is their God sacrifice hundred fold pearl of great price do I love Jesus more money His ways ways of the world a season flower that fades transcendent love forsake their families kinship blood ties homeland stranger foreign land gospel debt of gratitude I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE mental gymnastics competing voices pleasing to God judge blessing liberty social media Christmas cards Birthday freedom good works path of death chaotic physical well being the fall death lost its sting energize us hope eternal life courage power crucified upside down Hieropolis arms of Christ minister heal wounds snatch Feast Day exalts higher ups fellowship of the saints proclamation their example


Sermon I Sunday after Easter Sunday, April 24, 2022 Canon Steven Dart

“And Jesus said unto them, “Peace be unto you.” (John 20:19)

Eastertide victory over sin and death glorious hope Emmaus time after resurrection rescue of the human race how we respond Jesus is the Savior of the entire world all mankind saving work retroactive every person every place over all time our justification in Christ all will remain alive in Adam all will die God doesn’t have time for me their god is too small God is big enough for every human being God is infinite compare to sun coming up over a field of sunflowers all the fields are illuminated universality every flower is lit up God shines His love on all of us Jesus ministers to those after He is risen Mary Magdalene finish buriel rites meets the living Lord she knows Him Rabboni first witness to resurrected LORD Cleopas disciples walking to Emmaus heard reports no body Jesus comes alongside on the path crucified Him He is risen from the dead don’t recognize Him oh foolish ones slow of heart slow to believe He remains with them for dinner breaks bread He is known to them by the breaking of bread their hearts burned on the road fulfillment of prophecies desolation consolation run back to disciples Jerusalem Thomas will not believe until he can touch the nail prints in His palms and thrust his hand in to His side MY LORD AND MY GOD because you have seen you have believed blessed are those who have not seen but believe Peter miraculous catch of fish Peter restored denied Him three times 3 times bright beams of grace on flowers in field another Comforter the Holy Spirit promise of Pentacost a way for Christ to be in all the world every flower received the radiance of the grace of God worship in spirit and in truth freewill turn toward the Son receive Him our own circumstances our own need reconciled His ministry our experience our need our blessing may we seek the One who is seeking us


Sermon Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022 Canon Steven Dart

“For as yet they knew not the scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.” (John 20:9)

He is Risen indeed Jesus died for our sake distinctions miracle crucifixion all too common used to it crucified four years before Christ two thousand 2000 Jews crucified by Roman emperor out of the ordinary in this wicked world Jesus upon the cross from the sixth to the ninth hour darkness over all the land death of an innocent man noon to three 6-9 noon-3 innocent Man something different happens when He dies upon the cross veil split in half rent in twain temple top to bottom tapestry thick as a mans palm 1800 square feet two crucified with Him execution IT IS FINISHED earthquake rocks split graves are opened they went into Jerusalem and appeared to many Jesus of Nazareth not just the death of a man but the Son of God made man very One through whom all things were made let there be light true light of the world sun doesn’t shine very God of very God understand this indeed was to be something different rises again from the dead grace in Him our sufferings too will cease vitality of the resurrection Jesus Christ rose again from the dead suffers no more in this world ye shall have tribulation but be of good cheer I have overcome the world He invites us sufferings will cease rejoice know sufferings for a season Christ rose again from the dead God Himself will wipe away every tear from our eye Roman centurion with a spear pierces Him and out flows blood and water shed for the remission of sins spotless Lamb slain perfect sacrifice dies for our sakes His perfect life requisite sacrifice foundation of the world no separation between man and God reconciliation between God and man great mercies flow toward us repentant sinners among the redeemed hope fountain open up baptized engrafted into His body the church inner man Lords day death like no other first Adam second Adam prepares a place for us Easter day victory immortal


Sermon Palm Sunday April 10, 2022 Canon Steven Dart

“And Jesus humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, yea even unto the death of the cross.” (Phil. 2:8)

rescued by the Redeemer solemn joyful transformation injury insults torture of our Lord Jesus transformed by the power of His love means of our rescue enemy of satan gift of everlasting life power of God who is love readings week of His sufferings and death should not perish but have everlasting life Abraham and Isaac sacrifice his only son God substitutes a ram God goes through with sacrificing His only Son God the Son writ large history of our salvation love of the Holy Ghost gift faith sacraments see love in Holy Week transformative power of Gods love Hymn 335 lullaby to daughters whitewash it shedding of Saviors blood in the New Testament three times more reference Christs blood than Christs death blood sacrifice of Christ animal sacrifices burned outside of the camp Jesus suffered outside the gate fulfillment of the sacrificial system no other sacrifices required or are necessary atonement at onement grace filled event Hebrews Acts which He bought with His own blood reconcile to Himself all things brought peace 1 Peter reansomed by previous blood of Christ silver gold gift of grace human race redemption heaven no more sin into one body the church power of love blood of Christ washes away the sins of the world Pilate washes his hands the saints make their robes white by the blood of the Lamb Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day control to our faith blessed personally by the blood sacrifice of Christ infinite kindness of Christ universality whole world human race out of death into life out of darkness into His own glorious light poet George Herbert 17th century Episcopal priest Agony love is that liquor


Meditation Passion Sunday April 3, 2022 Deacon Darius Gasatura

“But Jesus being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Hebrews 9:11-12)

Jesus High Priest not made with hands by His own blood external redemption for us liturgy Anglican Church ecclesiastical format Anglican Way came before us tradition life of Christ Word of God systematically learn grow spiritually Lent season fasting almsgiving depend on Christ realigning our priorities Passion Sunday two weeks crosses veiled Holy Week period of mourning darkest hour of Christs life 2000 years ago we know how it ends historical occurrences Christ endured pain for those whom He loves His life can move us to great adoration devotion worship journey to the cross in lectionary accusations smear campaigns relationship to God the Father blasphemous accuse Samaritan insult did not warrant a response Samaritan woman well multiple husbands Syro Phoenician woman daughter vexed by an evil spirit Roman centurion image of the living God heal teach listen had a devil I honor My Father pointing to Fathers glory kept His word would never see death torah law Yahweh prevent dying who does He think He is Abraham prophets all dead superiority of Jesus claimed to be greater High Priest functions Hebrews sacrificial practices Jews despised Jesus forgive redeem mankind shed blood animal tabernacle purge all sins dead works reconcile mankind to God mediator of the New Testament man redeemed atoning power He and the Father are One Lenten season center our focus on Christ blood cleanse us from all sin before Abraham was He was


Sermon IV Lent March 27, 2022 Canon Steven Dart

“And Jesus took the five barley loaves and the two small fish and gave thanks.” (John 6:1-14)

miracle account sea of Galilee pour out the kingdom of heaven rest with his disciples assassination of John the Baptist Mark chapter 6 herod herodias salome daughter dance speak truth to power son of herod the great tried to assassinate Christ in His infancy imprisoned banquet table birthday party up to half his kingdom head of John the Baptist on a platter dismayed couldn’t go back on his word disciples took Johns body desert place thousands follow Jesus received them fed them first with the Word of God man shall not live by bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God Philip where will we buy bread not enough only a little Andrew boy five barley loaves two fish gave thanks broke bread fullness ministers to their spirits and their bodies Lords Kingdom versus herods kingdom Matthew Henry herod previously designed schemed salome in league with him tyrant king party takes place at night in darkness corruption of the next generation tyrant demonstrate power complicity with his crime power to take off their head lords mafia boss power play death of an innocent man bondage to sin in league with the enemy Lords party generosity multiplication of gift nourished in spirit and in body daytime light fresh air place of liberty goodness truth satisfied feeding the five thousand 5000 establish the Lords supper institute the Holy Communion fed kingdom of satan dealt a fatal blow fear intimidation we choose Kingdom of God we come to His table life eternal give for the light of the whole world Heavenly banquet saving ministry hungry hearts


Sermon III Lent March 20, 2022 Canon Steven Dart

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us” (Eph. 5:1)

penitential confession prayer book of Common Prayer school of prayer office page 6 page six Christian witness declaration of who God is most merciful Father erred strayed lost sheep followed our hearts sinful love confess undone ought to have done we can never love enough sins of omission sins of commission sickness beautiful language words not flattened out miserable offender gone against God misery truth telling forgiveness trip as Christian contrition heartfelt sorrow purpose and amendment deep theological understanding who God is follow the admonition of Paul follow Him example of Christ as merciful Father in heaven is merciful so are we to be merciful gave His only Son as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world lovingkindness embodiment of Gods mercy the means by which we are reconciled imitate mercy God loved us while we were still sinners commanded to love one another love those who love us back impossible to love evildoer we are to love them imitate Jesus Christ His own received Him not mocked crucified adulterous woman go and sin no more washing His feet with her tears penitent thief verily this day you will be with me in Paradise poured out His mercy upon us love others as I have loved you St Stephen stoning lay not this sin to their charge St Patrick stolen from family Britain brutalized slave escaped reunited with family dream Irish came back to share the gospel apostle to the Irish reignited the Christian gospel church planter goes back to those who enslaved him set free as dear children encouraged by the saints


Sermon II Lent March 13, 2022 Canon Steven Dart

“And Jesus said, ‘O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.’ ” (Matt. 15:28)

Syrophoenician woman coast knows Jesus disciples want to push her away Son of David House of Isreal childrens bread and cast it to the little dogs dismissal our culture prizes dogs my wife called me by my dogs name our culture prizes dogs humility even the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters table great faith her daughter made whole from that very hour Lententide intercede break the power of satan delivery us from bondage fullness of the kingdom of Heaven Jesus heals all in the Gospels the Great Physician heals lame crippled broken blind sick ten lepers healing blessing confirms by miracle the Lords authorityGod be with Him deliver us from sin and the consequence of death dust of death the curse of mortality broken all of us are called to eternal life resurrected glory we will never get sick or die Christs mighty victory resurrection paradise miracles of healing in the church today miraculous in-between time we appeal to God gift charismatic sacrament unction lays hands anoints adversity distress return to soundness of health priest heart attack cottonwood recovered fully wholeness hepatitis yellow liver transplant miracle drug vitality medical arts alongside people clergy marginalized in hospitals during covid tunnel gave illness to God surrender turning point recovery sacrament of unction High Priest healing blessing page 320 prayer book book of common prayer James chapter 5 verse 14 Biblical foundation outward sign of inward spiritual grace delivered of sin intercessory prayer forgiven reintroduction of healing ministry drive away sickness and pain oil blessed by the Bishop sign of the cross forehead have faith laying on of hands slow it down seconds rest in that peace receive saving ministry of Jesus sing His praises


Sermon I Lent March 6, 2022 Canon Steven Dart

“And Jesus, when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, after He was an hungred.” (Matt. 4:2)

fasting wilderness thou art my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased dove descended upon Him Holy Spirit desert fast tempted command these stones to be made bread Eve deceit counter authority enemy satan dust thou art and to dust thou shalt return first Adam death sin doubt tempter against the will of God against love rationalizing heart and mind faster than the speed of light a man can justify his sin creator truth is it of God combat that temptation seductive easy appeal to God bring God into the picture the Fathers will man does not live by bread alone God will provide forty day fast supernatural prove it dash your foot against a stone prove oneself shortcut get the grade get the A moral compass cheat cunning justifying their success smoke and mirrors cant do the math engineer lost his grip self justification call upon Him for help seek wise council with godly people don’t do anything you wouldn’t want published in the newspaper reveal to them how were being tempted enemy will flee dam downriver ring of steel engineering school made of steel from a dam that failed faith virtue hearts cold bitter angry temptation broken Jesus shows us consolation suffered as man in the flesh He knows what its like defied satan Jesus did not fall into temptation brought life into the world second Adam power of resurrection eternal life in the body victorious hope of heaven embrace the cross our earthly pilgrimage High Priest all the kingdoms of the earth temptation is there shut down our soul unloving place of desolation Jesus knows what its like forsaken angry hurt Champion in the spiritual fight ordering all things for our good


Sermon Ash Wednesday March 2, 2022 Canon Steven Dart

“O God, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should turn from his sin and live.” (1928 Book of Common Prayer, Morning Prayer, page 7)

Ash Wednesday experience of confession repentance prayer Jonah Ninevah Father bless me for I have sinned confession name the sins out loud the sins lose their power Holy Spirit please reveal to us confess in thought word and deed sins stepped out of line referee out of bounds acknowledge prodigal son examination of conscience lay your burden down write down sins piece of paper concentric circles sin of commission omission failed selfish self serving not sharing taken advantage envy pride sloth gluttony lust wrath vain wish to be forgiven addiction seeking God following Jesus forgiven attrition sorry contrition try to do better pardon absolution penance spiritual council advice priest pardon remission of sins grace gift of absolution God forgives minister acts in His name go in peace the Lord hath put away thy sins


Sermon Quinquagesima Sunday February 27, 2022 The Rt. Rev. Peter F. Hansen

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” (1 Cor. 13:1)

1 Corinthians 13 charity country ballad less talk more listening spoken love how does God say it best bouncing ideas always more words talk too much johns first epistle God is love on Gods side God is love essence done in love agape He made us for love let there be light speaking light into being Johns gospel in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God Logos God so loved the world Love speaks smitten sad puppy begging saved from sins other shore nail pierced hand sheep wandering Pharisees complained cancel culture stones Jerusalems walls just right Holy Ghost how could I say it marinated prayers of the just words of life Prayer Book make them your own recast Love Chapter spiritual gift foreign language heavens language just noise patient kind possessive praise arrogant rude angry keep score truth suffering believing hoping never giving up eternal knowledge swept away toys faith hope love roots of all modern thought Bible unpack the meaning preaching art truths culture of death ailing souls message of love winged baby bow decide choose spoken in love we love you I love you God loves you


Sermon Sexagesima Sunday February 20, 2022 Canon Steven Dart

“That lay on the good ground for that seed which fell whether among thorns, are they that turn and are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.” (Luke 8:14)

parable of the sower seed is the Word of God choked by thorns and thistles received the Word but choked by weeds be not anxious faithless anxiety worldly worries fretting cast our cares upon Jesus enjoy Gods provision riches and deceit worries worry caring for father in bed for weeks suit tie casino bus pension check quick riches gambling get rich quick smoky one arm bandit coin and lever factory workers vision of heaven vision of hell no sure thing face to face with Jesus what did you do with what I entrusted to you investments speculative bets love of God love of others false god St John the love of the world is enmity with God no man can serve two masters soul pulling us away from God cry to Jesus temporal things love lasts pleasures of life smoking recreational marijuana the enemy doesn’t create he destroys give ourselves over to pleasure bondage death hedonism pleasures are God given corn empty stalk take root Adam Eve expelled angel guarding the gate with a flaming sword the earth brought forth thorns Jesus crowned with thorns

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