Sermons by Rev. John Shuck

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The Reign of Divine Values

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Hold to your truth.

Hold fast to your truth.

Whatever that truth is, don’t let it go for the sake of acceptance by others.
No relationship that requires you to deny your truth is worth keeping.

Do know that if you do hold fast to what you know is true,
and this truth is in order to goodness,
it will at some point require sacrifice.

But if it is true and good, it will last.
It will resurrect beyond death.
It will live and save.
In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus said:

“If you bring forth what is within you,
What you bring forth will save you.
If you do not bring forth what is within you,
What you do not bring forth will kill you.”

In other words if you bring forth your truth,
that truth will save you.
If you do not bring forth your truth,
that truth will destroy you.

To Gain Your Souls

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The role of true religion,
regardless of the brand,
Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism,
true religion hammers away at our idols,
knocking them down,
stripping away our protective armor,
so that we can experience grace.

Resurrection of the Soul

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Perhaps as God took a risk in creating us out of chaos, a power that has its own agency for good and ill, that as God took a risk in creating humans and takes risks for the beautiful and the good and the true and the just, that we can feel empowered to take a risk too, and follow this Spirit where ever She leads.

Saved in a Sycamore

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Do know and be warned, dear Beloveds,
that if you happen to find a Sycamore tree,
and think you might want to climb it in order to get a good look at the Lord,
you may be setting yourself up for an encounter that will change your life.

Persistence

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In the parable,
the judge does not grant justice to the widow because he has a change of heart.
He doesn’t rule in her favor because of the evidence
or because she is in the right.
He grants her justice because he is tired of seeing her.
She has worn him out.
She keeps bothering him.

That is the weapon you use when you have no other.
You just keep telling the truth until the powers are worn out.
You wear out your opponent with truth and love.