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December 18, 2014       Mark Booker                mp3

Emmanuel – God_With_Us

Matthew 1:18-23

 

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[d]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[e] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[f] because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[g] (which means “God with us”).

 

Mark is the Rector of Church of the Cross, Boston           http://www.cotcboston.org/home.html

 

December 11, 2014       David Franks                mp3

Ezekiel 20:39-44            Under the Appearance of the Contrary (God Appears In The Last Place You Would Think To Look)

 

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel%2020:39-44&version=NIV

 

Luke 3:1-6

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%203:1-6&version=NIV

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

December 4, 2014         Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #121   Church Practices: Eucharist and Teaching

 

Acts 20:6-12

But we sailed from Philippi after the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days.

Eutychus Raised From the Dead at Troas

On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. 10 Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” 11 Then he went upstairs again and broke breadand ate. After talking until daylight, he left. 12 The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.

 

2 Corinthians 10:10

10 For some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing.”

 

Revelation 3:20

20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

 

William Holman Hunt “The Light of the World”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Light_of_the_World_%28painting%29

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/10/Hunt_Light_of_the_World.jpg/220px-Hunt_Light_of_the_World.jpg

 

 www.saintgregoryordinariate.org

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

November 27, 2014       Thanksgiving – no breakfast

 

November 20, 2014       Mark Booker                mp3

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

Luke 7:36-50


http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%207:36-50&version=NIV

 

Mark is the Rector of Church of the Cross, Boston           http://www.cotcboston.org/home.html

 

November 13, 2014       David Franks                mp3

Ezekiel 20:4-29              The Kingship of the Lord

 

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel%2020:4-29&version=NIV

 

Christopher Dawson’s 1935 essay “Catholicism and the Bourgeois Mind”

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=2580

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

November 6, 2014        Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #120   The Integration of Paul’s Letters

 

Acts 20:1-6

When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia. He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, where he stayed three months. Because some Jews had plotted against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia. He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas. But we sailed from Philippi after the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days.

 

 www.saintgregoryordinariate.org

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

October 30, 2014          Tim Leary                     sorry, no recording

 

October 23, 2014          Paul Atwater                mp3

Outrageous Christianity, Talk 16 – Outrageous Commands (2/5) – “Do Not Judge”

 

Matthew 7:1-6

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

October 16, 2014          Mark Booker                mp3

The Wounds of Love

Proverbs 27:5-6


Better is open rebuke
    than hidden love.

Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
    but an enemy multiplies kisses.

 

Mark is the Rector of Church of the Cross, Boston           http://www.cotcboston.org/home.html

 

October 9, 2014            David Franks                mp3

Ezekiel 20:23-26            Predestination(?)

 

23 Also with uplifted hand I swore to them in the wilderness that I would disperse them among the nations and scatter them through the countries, 24 because they had not obeyed my laws but had rejected my decrees and desecrated my Sabbaths, and their eyes lusted after their parents’ idols.25 So I gave them other statutes that were not good and laws through which they could not live;26 I defiled them through their gifts—the sacrifice of every firstborn—that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the Lord.’

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

October 2, 2014            Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #119   America is a Cult of Fertility and Sex

 

Acts 19:34

34 But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”

 

link to Saint Gregory the Great Church  www.saintgregoryordinariate.org

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

September 25, 2014                  Paul Atwater                mp3

Outrageous Christianity, Talk 15 – Outrageous Commands (1/5) – “Do Not Worry”

 

Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

September 18, 2014      Mark Booker                mp3

Seeing Clearly/When the Blindness is Lifted

Matthew 17:1-7

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”

 

Mark is the Rector of Church of the Cross, Boston           http://www.cotcboston.org/home.html

 

September 11, 2014      David Franks                mp3

Does God Like Success? – part 2

 

Ezekiel 20:2-9

Then the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Have you come to inquire of me? As surely as I live, I will not let you inquire of me, declares the Sovereign Lord.’

“Will you judge them? Will you judge them, son of man? Then confront them with the detestable practices of their ancestors and say to them: ‘This is what the SovereignLord says: On the day I chose Israel, I swore with uplifted hand to the descendants of Jacob and revealed myself to them in Egypt. With uplifted hand I said to them, “I am the Lord your God.” On that day I swore to them that I would bring them out of Egypt into a land I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands. And I said to them, “Each of you, get rid of the vile images you have set your eyes on, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”

“‘But they rebelled against me and would not listen to me; they did not get rid of the vile images they had set their eyes on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and spend my anger against them in Egypt.But for the sake of my name, I brought them out of Egypt. I did it to keep my name from being profaned in the eyes of the nations among whom they lived and in whose sight I had revealed myself to the Israelites.

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

September 4, 2014        Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #118   Cults of Fertility and Sex           Acts 19:27-34

 

27 There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.”

28 When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29 Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and all of them rushed into the theater together. 30 Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him. 31 Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater.

32 The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. 33 The Jews in the crowd pushed Alexander to the front, and they shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people. 34 But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”

 

link to Saint Gregory the Great Church  www.saintgregoryordinariate.org

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

August 28, 2014           Tim Russell                 mp3

-          God Is Active In Every Age

-          God’s Promise Is Grand

 

Joshua Installed as Leader         Joshua 1:1-9

 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 

Biography Link:

http://www.lca.edu/page.cfm?p=491&viewdirid=4581&&directoryStart=31

 

August 21, 2014           Mark Booker                mp3

Will We Listen To God?

Who Is God Himself?

Psalm 81

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2081&version=NIV

 

Mark is the Rector of Church of the Cross, Boston           http://www.cotcboston.org/home.html

 

August 14, 2014           David Franks                mp3

Does God Like Success? – part 1

 

Ezekiel 20:2-9

Then the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Have you come to inquire of me? As surely as I live, I will not let you inquire of me, declares the Sovereign Lord.’

“Will you judge them? Will you judge them, son of man? Then confront them with the detestable practices of their ancestors and say to them: ‘This is what the SovereignLord says: On the day I chose Israel, I swore with uplifted hand to the descendants of Jacob and revealed myself to them in Egypt. With uplifted hand I said to them, “I am the Lord your God.” On that day I swore to them that I would bring them out of Egypt into a land I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands. And I said to them, “Each of you, get rid of the vile images you have set your eyes on, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”

“‘But they rebelled against me and would not listen to me; they did not get rid of the vile images they had set their eyes on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and spend my anger against them in Egypt.But for the sake of my name, I brought them out of Egypt. I did it to keep my name from being profaned in the eyes of the nations among whom they lived and in whose sight I had revealed myself to the Israelites.

 

“The Seafarer”

David has used S.A.J. Bradley’s translation from his book Anglo-Saxon Poetry, and he kept his structure for the translation.

(David reads lines 48-71, and 80-116)

link to the full poem

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

August 7, 2014             Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #117   The Riot in Ephesus     Acts 19:21-41

 

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2019:21-41&version=NIV

 

Collect for The Feast of The Transfiguration:       

O God, who on the holy mount didst reveal to chosen

witnesses thy well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in

raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being

delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith

behold the King in his beauty; who with thee, O Father, and

thee, O Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, one God, world

without end. Amen.

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

July 31, 2014                Tim Russell                 mp3a

                                                                        mp3b

God Sees What Is In A Man’s Heart

 

The Death of Moses

Deuteronomy 34:1-12

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+34&version=NIV

 

Biography Link:

http://www.lca.edu/page.cfm?p=491&viewdirid=4581&&directoryStart=31

 

July 24, 2014                Barry Corey                 mp3

Walk, and Believe, In Confidence

John 11:1-6

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2011:1-6&version=NIV

 

John 11:17-27

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2011:17-27&version=NIV

 

John 11:38-44

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2011:38-44&version=NIV

 

Barry Corey is President of Biola University. Biola University link  http://www.biola.edu/

The President’s page http://offices1.biola.edu/president/leadership/president/

 

July 17, 2014                Paul Atwater                mp3

Outrageous Christianity, Talk 14 – Choose an Outrageous Master!

 

Matthew 6:19-24

Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy,and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[a] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[b] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

July 10, 2014                Tim Russell                 mp3

There is a Loving God, to Thousands of Generations

 

Exodus 34:1-9

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2034:1-9&version=NIV

 

Biography Link:

http://www.lca.edu/page.cfm?p=491&viewdirid=4581&&directoryStart=31

 

July 3, 2014                  Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #116   Evil Spirits       Acts 19:13-20

 

13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

17 When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. 19 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.[a] 20 In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.

 

Francis MacNutt, Deliverance from Evil Spirits

Deliverance Questionnaire (pages 161-163)

 

Peter J. Horrobin, Healing Through Deliverance - The Practical Ministry

Contents: Parts A, B, and C

 

Collect for Independence Day:   

Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won

liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations

then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have

grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through

Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

June 26, 2014               Paul Atwater                mp3

Outrageous Christianity, Talk 13 – Outrageous Treasuring, part 2

 

Matthew 6:19-21

Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

June 19, 2014               Mark Booker                mp3

Avoiding Folly and Pursuing the Way of Wisdom – The Best Defense is a Good Offense

Proverbs 5:15-23

15 Drink water from your own cistern,
    running water from your own well.
16 Should your springs overflow in the streets,
    your streams of water in the public squares?
17 Let them be yours alone,
    never to be shared with strangers.
18 May your fountain be blessed,
    and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 A loving doe, a graceful deer—
    may her breasts satisfy you always,
    may you ever be intoxicated with her love.
20 Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife?
    Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?

21 For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
    and he examines all your paths.
22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;
    the cords of their sins hold them fast.
23 For lack of discipline they will die,
    led astray by their own great folly.

 

Mark is the Rector of Church of the Cross, Boston           http://www.cotcboston.org/home.html

 

June 12, 2014               Tim Russell                 mp3

Moses and the Glory of the Lord

 

Exodus 33:12-23

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2033:12-23&version=NIV

 

Biography Link:

http://www.lca.edu/page.cfm?p=491&viewdirid=4581&&directoryStart=31

 

June 5, 2014                 Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #115   Spiritual Cosmology & Evil Spirits          Acts 19:13-20

 

13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

17 When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. 19 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.[a] 20 In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.

 

Francis MacNutt, Deliverance from Evil Spirits

Deliverance Questionnaire (pages 161-163)

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

May 29, 2014                Tim Russell                 mp3

Where Are You?

 

Genesis 3:1-13

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%203:1-13&version=NIV

 

Biography Link:

http://www.lca.edu/page.cfm?p=491&viewdirid=4581&&directoryStart=31

 

May 22, 2014                Paul Atwater                mp3

Outrageous Christianity, Talk 12 – Outrageous Treasuring

 

Matthew 6:19-21

Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

May 15, 2014                Mark Booker                mp3

Faith in a World of Opposition

Psalm 59

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2059&version=NIV

 

amazon link to Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

 

Romans 8:31-32

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

 

Mark is the Rector of Church of the Cross, Boston           http://www.cotcboston.org/home.html

 

May 8, 2014                  David Franks                mp3

A Lament Over Israel’s Princes

 

Ezekiel 19

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel%2019&version=NIV

 

John 15:5-8

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

 

“Easter” by Gerard Manley Hopkins (from “The Major Works”)

 

Break the box and shed the nard;

Stop not now to count the cost;

Hither bring pearl, opal, sard;

Reck not what the poor have lost;

Upon Christ throw all away;

Know ye, this is Easter Day.

 

Build His church and deck His shrine,

Empty though it be on earth;

Ye have kept your choicest wine –

Let it flow for heavenly mirth;

Pluck the harp and breathe the horn;

Know ye not ‘tis Easter morn?

 

Gather gladness from the skies;

Take a lesson from the ground;

Flowers do ope their heavenward eyes

And a Spring-time joy have found;

Earth throws Winter’s robes away;

Decks herself for Easter Day.

 

Beauty now for ashes wear,

Perfumes for the garb of woe,

Chaplets for dishevelled hair,

Dances for sad footsteps slow;

Open wide your hearts that they

Let in joy this Easter Day.

 

Seek God’s house in happy throng;

Crowded let His table be;

Mingle praises, prayer, and song,

Singing to the Trinity.

Henceforth let your souls alway

Make each morn an Easter Day.

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

May 1, 2014                  Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #114   Paul in Ephesis            Acts 19:8-10

 

Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

April 24, 2014   Neil Hudson     (no recording this week – I apologize)

Neil is from the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity (author of 'Imagine Church', which Chris Lake uses it in his WorkLife class).  Neil is in Boston from Tuesday 4/22 to Monday 4/28, giving a pastor/leaders seminar onWed 4/23, the "Make a Difference" event at Park Street Church on Saturday 4/26, and preaching all 3 services at Park Street Church that Sunday.

 

April 17, 2014               Mark Booker                mp3

The Clash of Kingdoms

John 18:33-38a

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate.

 

Mark is the Rector of Church of the Cross, Boston           http://www.cotcboston.org/home.html

 

April 10, 2014               David Franks                mp3

The Grace of Justice, part 2

 

Ezekiel 18

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel%2018&version=NIV

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

April 3, 2014                 Paul Atwater                mp3

Outrageous Christianity, Talk 11 – Secret Fasting

 

Matthew 6:16-18

Fasting

16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

March 27, 2014             Paul Atwater                mp3

Outrageous Christianity, Talk 10 – Secret Prayer

 

Matthew 6:5-15

Prayer

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
    but deliver us from the evil one.[b]

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

March 20, 2014             Mark Booker                mp3

Lent 2014 – How do I live out my life as God’s Son?

Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

 

Mark is the Rector of Church of the Cross, Boston           http://www.cotcboston.org/home.html

 

March 13, 2014             David Franks                mp3-1

mp3-2

The Grace of Justice, part 1

 

Ezekiel 18

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel%2018&version=NIV

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

March 6, 2014               Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #113   Pentecostal History      Acts 19:1-7

 

While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus.There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when[a] you believed?”

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

“John’s baptism,” they replied.

Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues[b] and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.

 

Collect for Ash Wednesday

Almighty and Everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast

made and dost forgive the sins of all who are penitent: create and

make in us new and contrite hearts, that we worthily lamenting

our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness may obtain of Thee,

 the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness: through

Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the

Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen.

 

Harvey Cox book: “Fire From Heaven: The Rise Of Pentecostal Spirituality And The Reshaping Of Religion In The 21st Century

Anazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Fire-From-Heaven-Pentecostal-Spirituality/dp/0306810492/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394192690&sr=8-1&keywords=harvey+cox+fire+from+heaven

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

February 27, 2014         Tim Clayton     (no recording this week – I apologize)

Ash Wednesday

 

Biography Link at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church

 

February 20, 2014         Mark Booker                mp3

The Call To Holiness – The What/The Why/The How

 

1 Peter 1:13-16

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

 

Mark is the Rector of Church of the Cross, Boston           http://www.cotcboston.org/home.html

 

February 13, 2014         David Franks                mp3

God’s Faithfullness and the Art of Losing

 

Romans 8:28-39

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%208:28-39&version=NIV

 

Ezekiel 14:1 – 16:22

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel%2014:1-16&version=NIV

 

“One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop

 

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;

so many things seem filled with the intent

to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

 

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster

of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.

The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

 

The practice losing farther, losing faster:

places, and names, and where it was you meant

to travel. None of these things will bring disaster.

 

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or

next-to-last, of three loved houses went.

The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

 

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,

some realms I Owned, two rivers, a continent.

I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

 

-Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture

I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident

the art of losing’s not too hard to master

though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

February 6, 2014           Jürgen Liias                 mp3

(a short break from his Series on Acts)

“I Am Simeon”

 

Luke 2:22-35

Jesus Presented in the Temple

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”[a]), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”[b]

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
    
you may now dismiss[c] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”

33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

 

Bill Cross forwarded me this: 

Rembrandt_etching.jpg 

A Visual Counterpart to Jurgen’s Meditation on February 6th . . . .  This etching with drypoint was executed in 1654 in his “dark manner” by one of the greatest artists of all time: Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 – 1669).  Born in Leiden, Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam at 25, and spent the rest of his life there, never leaving the Netherlands – although nevertheless painting many works of sophisticated and penetrating insight.  A draftsman of remarkable dexterity, Rembrandt in minutes conjured up tiny images of extraordinary atmospheric depth, particularly in the 1650s as he faced a series of personal and financial crises.  In this print of the Presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple, our attention is drawn most of all to the haunting face of Simeon.  As Mary and Joseph bow their heads behind him, and Anna (at upper right) looks on, the old man looks up, his face bathed in light which almost seems to emanate from the baby in his hands.  Simeon kneels in recognition of the authority of the high priest, but even more in worship before him who is a high priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek: this very child.  The moment we witness is the fulfillment of all which Simeon has hoped for, all that he has lived for.  As the dark of the cavernous space contrasts with the light on Jesus and on Simeon, so does the ancient face of Simeon contrast with the unseen face of the newborn baby.  And in this place, at this time, there is another contrast, too.  It is here that the private story of a young mother, an accepting father, and a few observers, becomes a public story.  Simeon knows what the seated high priest cannot: that this child is the hinge of history.  While Jesus came quietly into the world, his purpose is not meek and mild.  It is that in him, all might live. 

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

January 30, 2014          Tim Clayton                 mp3

“Waiting Well” - Luke 2:22-35

 

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”[a]), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”[b]

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
    
you may now dismiss[c] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”

33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

 

Biography Link at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church

 

January 23, 2014          Paul Atwater                mp3

Outrageous Christianity, Talk 9 – Secret Giving

 

Matthew 6:1-4

Giving to the Needy

1“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

 

1 Corinthians 16:1-4

The Collection for the Lord’s People

1Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me.

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

January 16, 2014          Mark Booker                mp3

The Nature of Faith/The Fruits of Faith

 

Psalm 16   [ESV]

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.”

As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
    in whom is all my delight.

The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or take their names on my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
    in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being[e] rejoices;
    my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
    or let your holy one see corruption.

11 You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

 

Mark is the Rector of Church of the Cross, Boston           http://www.cotcboston.org/home.html

 

January 9, 2014            David Franks                mp3

Purity of Heart

Ezekiel 14:1 – 16:22

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel%2014:1%20-%2016:22&version=NIV

 

“Till We Have Faces” by C.S. Lewis

link to scan of the pages David read

 

David is a Theologian and Ethicist at Saint John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.

 

January 2, 2014            Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #112   Paul in Ephesus           Acts 19:1-7

 

While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus.There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when[a] you believed?”

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

“John’s baptism,” they replied.

Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues[b] and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.

 

O God, who didst wonderfully create, and yet more 
wonderfully restore, the dignity of human nature: Grant
 
that we may share the divine life of him who humbled
 
himself to share our humanity, thy Son Jesus Christ; who
 
liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
 
one God, for ever and ever.
 Amen.

 

link to Jürgen’s blog  jurgenliias.blogspot.com

 

 

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