June 6,  2010       



1 Kings 17:8-24

Psalm 146

Galatians 1:11-24  

-After the opening introduction of his name and tide 'apostle' in 1.1, he states that his apostleship is not

from or through any human agency . Rather, its source is Christ and God. William Loader

-It was a matter of what lay at the heart of faith. Was it grace with freedom to remove barriers, including

biblical ones if need be, or was it law enshrined in an attitude towards the bible (theirs at the time) which is

so familiar to us from today's fundamentalisms?- Loader

-In vv. 11-12 Paul asserts that his gospel (like his apostleship in v. 1) is not a human gospel nor was it taught

 to him by any human. Rather it came by a revelation from Christ.

-'I did not receive my apostleship or my gospel from any human source, and I do not want to please any

 humans. I received my apostleship and gospel from God and Christ and God and Christ are the ones I want

to please'. Every action and motive that follows is measured against Paul's basic statement, and Paul relates

to every person as friend or foe for that same reason.

-The basis for his understanding of the faith does not depend on instruction from senior apostles. It is not

human and derived.  It is divinely inspired

-These Christians, whom he was hassling, were threatening to shift the focus from commandments to a more

 dynamic approach which set love at the centre and applied it freely to life's issues - some of them, anyway. 

-Paul will go on to speak of love not as a reason to keep rules, but as a fruit of the Spirit (5:1, 22-23).


Luke 7:11-17

-We are in the Season after Pentecost (Ordinary time) for approximately the next six months. Today the liturgical color shifts to green.

-"Ordinary time" in this season after Pentecost isn't only about "everydayness." Ordinary is the adjectival form of ordinal, which

refers to a numerical sequence. It's a fitting description for a season that doesn't lead to Christmas or Easter; rather this is a

season of noticing the days and weeks as they go by. Malinda Elizabeth Berry

- Note that the word for “only” here is “monogenes,” the same one that is used in John 3:16).


- The son's life was restored and so was hers  (mother's).  She was restored to a place in the economic community


- Jesus went from speaking wisdom to speaking healing, to speaking life.  Eventually God will speak through  him on the cross


- Story in 1 King 17 very similar!


- In the end, Jesus' life will be about one thing, overcoming the power of death and bringing new life.


-We are called to be conduits of God’s grace just as Jesus and Elijah were.


-Widows were notoriously poor and vulnerable and this one has lost one last avenue of support, her son. One can imagine grief for her son

 but also for herself. Luke probably wants us to see the story as typical and representative. Jesus responds with compassion. He raises the

dead to life. Perhaps the arrangement already indicates that Luke has an eye to its symbolism. Jesus has come to raise people from death to

life, to make possible new beginnings.  William Loader


-The ministry of Jesus and ours is about addressing real human need and it is about compassion. This is indeed his mission, God's mission.


- Miracle:  From latinmiraculum meaning "strange things". From sanskrit meaning "he smiles"


-A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog. - Jack London


-miracle or sign points to something greater, more eternal.


-Some quotes on miracles if you want to preach on that subject.  All three scriptures have miracles.


-Who makes much of a miracle?  As  for me, I know of nothing else but miracles.  Walt Whitman

-"Believe these works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me." John 10:38

-Miracles come on great occasions, at the great ganglions of spiritual history C.S.Lewis

-We all live in second hand suits...(atoms are used over and over again) C.S.Lewis

*-Do miracles give us our faith or is it faith that causes miracles?

-To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, every cubic inch of space a miracle. Walt Whitman

            -Miracles are allegorical expressions of God's greatness. Talmudic

          -A miracle does not happen in contradiction to nature but in contradiction to that which is known to us of nature. St. Augustin

          - Miracles are propitious accidents, the natural causes of which are too complicated to be clearly understood. Santayana.

          -Not magic, but powerful intensification of natural process. C.S.Lewis

          -The dearest child of faith. Goethe

         - From latin miraculum meaning "strange things"

         -  From sanskrit meaning "he smiles"    


  SERMON                                                           MY OWN DOING?


    Paul seems to be trying to make sure we realize his conversion was none of his own doing....but all God's.   Barbara Brown Taylor said:

You "go get" scientific knowledge but religious knowledge comes to you.  There is something disturbing in those words....Is my religion

 simply my own construction? Are my beliefs just something I get from someone else?  Is all this MY OWN DOING? 



-It was Jesus who said that "all the hidden things of darkness will be brought to light," and "there is nothing secret that

will not be made known."

-Without revelation initiated by God we would know nothing about the nature of this Being.

-Christians find the decisive revelation of God and life with God in Jesus, just as the Jews find the decisive revelation of God

in the Torah and Muslims find the decisive revelation of God in the Qur’an.

-The Bible is ‘the Word’ become words; Jesus is ‘the Word’ become flesh, God’s revelation in a human life. Borg

This question is part of the subject of epistemology. Epistemology is the branch of philosophy that addresses questions such as:

"What is knowledge?", "How is knowledge acquired?", and "How do we know what we know?" In addressing this subject the

 first issue to note is that the terms "knowledge" and "belief" are often used interchangeably by religious believers,

but technically these are very distinct terms.     

- Tillich believed that Christ was the emblem of the highest goal of man, what God wants

humans to become. Thus to be a Christian is to make oneself progressively "Christ-like", a very possible goal in Tillich's eyes. 

-Thus Christ is not different from mankind except insofar as he fully reveals God within his own finitude, something that can

 be done by anyone, in principle. Tillich   

-We get our beliefs from someone else  but our faith comes from God.  Borg

-We can know about God but how much we know God depends on how much God reveals to us. I believe how much God reveals to us

depends on how much we reveal ourselves to God. Lindy

-Easier to learn truth than to unlearn error.

- Education consists mostly of what we have unlearned dictionary M Twain    (Saul)

-Faith is knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof. Gibran

-"Gnosis" knowledge of God.

-Imagination more important than knowledge. Einstein

-Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde

-When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Knowledge Wealth 101

-We often offer easy answers to avoid difficult questions.

-We see through a glass darkly" Paul

-"I am not young enough to know everything." Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

-The real teacher is you. You're the one who must decide of all that come your way what is true and what is not.

-Epiphany means to behold the world or one's life in a new way, with new eyes. It is when something becomes clear to us in a way we have never seen or noticed before. New light can be shed on an old problem;

-Religion is about ritual, Faith is about relationships. Gandhi

-Religion is is as a mustard seed

-We see only where God has been because God is IN side of us.  Spong

- Remember, we are already physical and spiritual beings; "the kingdom of God is within you" ! (Luke 17)






- A mortician was asked, "What do you do with the blood after you remove it from the body?"  "We bottle it and sell it to mosquitoes."

- The death rate was the same back then.....100%

- I can turn bread into toast

-When you put your head in the sand, you know what's up


1. George Mueller (1805-1898) built many orphanages at Ashley Down, England. Without a personal salary, he relied only on God to supply the money and food needed to support the hundreds of homeless children he befriended in the name of Christ. A man of radiant faith, he kept a motto on his desk for many years that brought comfort, strength, and uplifting confidence to his heart. It read, “It matters to Him about you.” Mueller believed that those words captured the meaning of 1 Peter 5:7, and he rested his claim for divine help on that truth. He testified at the end of his life that the Lord had never failed to supply all his needs.



1. He Cares For You :  A construction crew was building a new road through a rural area, knocking down trees as it progressed. A superintendent noticed that one tree had a nest of birds who couldn’t yet fly and he marked the tree so that it would not be cut down. Several weeks later the superintendent came back to the tree. He got into a bucket truck and was lifted up so that he could peer into the nest. The fledglings were gone. They had obviously learned to fly. The superintendent ordered the tree cut down. As the tree crashed to the ground, the nest fell clear and some of the material that the birds had gathered to make the nest was scattered about. Part of it was a scrap torn from a Sunday school pamphlet. On the scrap of paper were these words: He careth for you. Bits and Pieces, November, 1989, p. 23.




- ....take away our fear of dealing with death.  Help us to see in it a natural completion and transition. 

   Help us know your love and fear not the shadow of death.

-We pray to you today, Lord, that you continue your healing work in us. As we cooperate with you in our ongoing conversion, keep us to be attentive to the wonders and miracles that you accomplish in and around our lives.



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