Sermons tagged with ‘Islam’

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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.

Decision

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It is Jesus I follow to Karbala.
Jesus showed me Hussain.
If I want to follow Jesus, I must follow Hussain.
Hussain shows me how to follow Jesus.

Love Wings

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Interfaith work is authentic, in my opinion, only to the degree that we can be changed by the encounter. Otherwise it’s just talking heads. To enter into interfaith activity or any kind of faith activity we must be vulnerable enough to know that that activity may change us in significant and important ways. And only then is it an interfaith activity. And so, yes, I have been changed this past year in my engagement with Islam and the trip to Arbaeen and the work about that.

But that shouldn’t be unusual. We should all be engaged in that in some form or another wherever we are on our path. I find that a fruitful thing to make me, I would hope, a better Christian. In fact, I think there are very exciting things between Christianity and Islam that is worth all of us to explore.

Complete Happiness

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We are inspired by Imam Husayn (as) 7th century revolutionary leader, who made the ultimate stand for social justice in the face of corruption and tyranny. He gave everything, including his life, for the dignity of his society. He challenged the status quo and brought people together. Today he is revered by people of all faiths.