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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Today at Church

Today’s sermon topic was: “The Hidden Idol of Racial Pride.”  It is easy to see how racial prejudice can become the ruling god of one’s life.  A little more difficult to understand is that racial pride can also become an idol.  The first lesson from the Upper Room in Sunday school was that God has a purpose for each of us.  The scripture was Philippians 1:6 (NRSV) “Paul wrote ‘I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.’”  It does wonders for our self-esteem and assiduousness in daily living when we realize that each of us has a purpose.  That we are in this time and place is no accident.  The second lesson began with scripture from 1 Peter 25 (NIV) “You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  Like an old house that is restored, Christ Jesus “Can heal the scars caused by life and repair our wounded spirit.”  The third lesson referred to Samuel’s interruption of Eli’s sleep because Samuel thought Eli was calling him--when actually Samuel was being called by God.  Interruptions in our lives can be a call from God.  Interruptions, while they can be an annoyance, can be a call for us to serve in new and unexpected ways.

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