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2024-02-19T06:04:09-07:00

Sermon I Lent Canon Steven Dart February 18, 2024

“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord they God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Matt. 4:10)

Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord they God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Matthew Chapter 4  satan tempts Jesus in the wilderness fasted forty days 40 days and forty nights afterwards He was an hungred He was hungry The world the flesh the devil wrestle with temptation it is not a sin to be tempted overcomers not in league rebellion as soon as Jesus marks the start of His earthly ministry by His baptism in the Jordan river and as He is then  anointed for ministry He is immediately assailed by satan when we make a claim for Christ and set out to do His will even small things this Lent I’m going to do this this and that for Jesus the enemy will take notice and there is resistance will happen to us no surprise fiery trial Christian warfare in the battle a fight warning Ecclesiasticus 2 second chapter old testament lesson first evensong at seminary My son, if thou come to serve the Lord, prepare thy soul for temptation. Set thy heart aright, and constantly endure, and make not haste in time of trouble. Cleave unto him, and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased at thy last end. Whatsoever is brought upon you take cheerfully, and be patient when thou art changed to a low estate. For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity. Believe in him, and he will help thee; order thy way aright, and trust in him. Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; and go not aside, lest ye fall. Ye that fear the Lord, believe him; and your reward shall not fail. Ye that fear the Lord, hope for good, and for everlasting joy and mercy Limitations of the devil tricks bigger than he is see that at the pinnacle of the temple looking down Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Prove it if you are the Son of God throw yourself off the temple stub your toe catch You he does not push Him off devil has limitations he can’t do whatever he wants he has to try to convince you to harm yourself primary tactics notice take the bait no harm doesn’t push the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil into Eve’s mouth no force feed he had to persuade seduce trick will of God don’t follow the tempters voice easily tempted sorely tempted let us call on others to assist us the enemy will work on us will isolate us to try to get us to do something against the will of God and to our own hurt the enemy has no power name the sin and it loses its power sin makes no sense put it against the light of truth is vanishes like a wisp enemy is finite our God is infinite the enemy is a creature our God is Creator the enemy only exists by the love of God the devil derives his being from the One who is Being in Christ we have victory Lenten season second Adam overcome the enemy destroy the works of the devil our Captain of Salvation won the fight the decisive battle has been won on the cross CS Lewis we follow in the victory train of Christ

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2024-02-15T03:09:51-07:00

Sermon Quinquagesima Canon Steven Dart February 11, 2024

“And now abideth faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor. 13:13)

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 And though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains and have not charity I am nothing And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and though I give my body to be burned and have not charity it profiteth me nothing Charity suffereth long and is kind charity envieth not charity vaunteth not itself is not puffed up Doth not behave itself unseemly seeketh not her own is not easily provoked thinketh no evil Rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth Beareth all things believeth all things hopeth all things endureth all things Charity never faileth but whether there be prophecies they shall fail whether there be tongues they shall cease whether there be knowledge it shall vanish away For we know in part and we prophesy in part But when that which is perfect is come then that which is in part shall be done away When I was a child I spake as a child I understood as a child I thought as a child but when I became a man I put away childish things For now we see through a glass, darkly but then face to face now I know in part but then shall I know even as also I am known And now abideth faith hope, charity these three but the greatest of these is charity 1 Corinthians 13

 

2024-02-06T07:57:11-07:00

Meditation Sexagesima Deacon Andrew Harrah February 4, 2024

“And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring forth no fruit to perfection.” (Luke 8:14)

And that which fell among thorns are they which, when they have heard go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life and bring forth no fruit to perfection Luke 8:14 gospel parable of the sower And when much people were gathered together and were come to him out of every city He spake by a parable
A sower went out to sow his seed and as he sowed, some fell by the way side and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it
And some fell upon a rock and as soon as it was sprung up it withered away because it lacked moisture
And some fell among thorns and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it
And other fell on good ground and sprang up and bare fruit an hundredfold And when He had said these things He cried he that hath ears to hear,let him hear
And His disciples asked him,saying What might this parable be
And He said Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God but to others in parables that seeing they might not see and hearing they might not understand
Now the parable is this The seed is the word of God
Those by the way side are they that hear then cometh the devil and taketh away the word out of their hearts lest they should believe and be saved
They on the rock are they which, when they hear receive the word with joy and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away
And that which fell among thorns are they which when they have heard go forth and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life and bring no fruit to perfection
But that on the good ground are they which in an honest and good heart having heard the word keep it and bring forth fruit with patience

2024-02-02T13:36:05-07:00

Sermon Septuagesima Canon Steven Dart January 28, 2024

“Is thine eye evil, because I am good?” (Matt. 20:15)

Is thine eye evil, because I am good? Matthew 20:15 parable of the workers in the vineyard pay every man a penny hire laborers third hour sixth hour ninth hour eleventh hour whatever is right you will receive whatever is right I will give you

2024-01-23T11:25:29-07:00

Sermon III Epiphany Father Darius Gasatura January 21, 2024

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)

Dearly beloved avenge not yourselves but rather give place unto wrath for it is written Vengeance is mine I will repay saith the Lord Romans 12:19

2023-12-25T21:56:41-07:00

Sermon IV Advent Father Darius Gasatura December 24, 2023

“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:9-11)

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:9-11)

2023-12-19T09:04:11-07:00

Meditation III Advent Deacon Andrew Harrah December 17, 2023

“Behold I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.” (Matt. 11:10)

“Behold I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.” St Luke Gospel Zacharius Elizabeth old barren praying child angel of the Lord visits Temple priestly duties But the angel said unto him Fear not, Zacharias for thy prayer is heard and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son and thou shalt call his name John And thou shalt have joy and gladness and many shall rejoice at his birth For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mothers womb And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just to make ready a people prepared for the Lord glorious calling child received dedicated to the Lord 

2023-12-04T15:33:45-07:00

Sermon I Advent Father Darius Gasatura December 3, 2023

“And that, knowing the time, that now is high time to awake out of sleep for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” (Romans 13:11-14)

And that, knowing the time, that now is high time to awake out of sleep for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. (Romans 13:11-14)

2023-11-28T11:58:24-07:00

Sermon Feast of Christ the King Canon Steven Dart November 26, 2023

“We give thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” (Col. 1:12)

We give thanks unto the Father which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light parish feast of Christ the King church named for Christ Himself Christs church be all the glory Christ our King baptism beautiful words of St Paul into the kingdom of His dear son all that Christ has done for our human race the child translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light inheritor of the kingdom of heaven rescued from satan and delivered to Christ thanks to the father delivered us redemption through His blood even the forgiveness of sin salvation sanctification who is the Son foundational platform orthodox belief I believe in one God the Father almighty maker of heaven and earth of all things visible and invisible And in one Lord Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God begotten of his Father before all worlds God of God Light of Light very God of very God begotten not made being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made

2023-12-20T05:05:56-07:00

Meditation XXIV Trinity Stewardship Sunday Deacon Andrew Harrah November 19, 2023

“It is required in stewards that a man be found faithful.” (1 Cor. 4:2)

William Ernest Henley 1849 –1903 died diseased tuberculosis wrote Invictus Out of the night that covers me Black as the Pit from pole to pole I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody but unbowed Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid It matters not how strait the gate How charged with punishments the scroll I am the master of my fate I am the captain of my soul Henley avout atheist grit pain adversity courage resilience man defiant rebellion against God refuses God chance will not bow no life after death Christ straight is the gate that leadeth unto life I AM Moses Mt Sinai central lie autonomous masters of our fates existence unbelief spirit of the age Christians on guard fall into functional atheism live in such a way that indicates God does not exist stewardship Sunday steward responsible to manage the property that belongs to someone else belongs to God parable of the talents 75 pounds of gold talent metaphor all that God has entrusted to us time treasure talents skills abilities our lives are not our own we belong to God we have a heavenly Master to whom we have to give an account money in our lives trying to make money all our lives

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