Sermons tagged with ‘truth’

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Dare to Speak and Heal

Jesus will tell the truth and heal regardless of what the pack says.
He doesn’t whine about it.
He doesn’t expect any different treatment than the prophets before him.
He simply exposes it.
He tells those with ears to hear, do good and heal anyway.
Your reward is in heaven.
In other words, your reward isn’t in this world—
in this pack-dominated world that is headed for destruction.
Your reward is on the other side,
to which you are being led and you are leading others.

The Best of Plotters

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We live in a time of illusion. Illusion that is created by the plotters.

Ultimately, that has always been the heroic quest in every spiritual tale. It is a tale of the search for what is real and what is true. Truth is the only thing that will free humanity from its enslavement to illusion.

Illusion is cynicism. It is mockery of those who search for what is true. But the true seeker does not worry over the plotters, the mockers, and the cynics and their surrender to illusion. There is too much at stake for that.

“They plotted and God plotted and God is the best of plotters.”

Seek truth and you will seek what God is plotting.

One of the Righteous

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But, on the 50th anniversary of his death, we could be instruments in making it more difficult to silence by whatever means, the truth-tellers and the prophets and the women and men of peace.  We need them. We need to hear them. We need to protect their speech.

Being Good Shepherds

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“No,” said Papa. “They were not bad. It is worse than that. They were afraid. They were afraid of speaking up against the companies and their screens. They were afraid of learning what was really true, because they, too, liked what the oil companies gave them. They didn’t want to change. It was easier not to think too much about it. The screens were helpful. They were a distraction.”

Being Seeds

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The dying that really needs to be done is to our own ego and our ego’s shallow desires. Because even the quest for a glorious martyrdom is really ego-driven so one needs to die to one’s own need. Die to thinking and acting as if it is all about me.

Two Visions for Peace

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Jesus was executed by empire and that is the fate for anyone who speaks out against empire’s abuses. But that is why we are here. The church is no social club for the suburban well-to-do. This is the place to face truth and to do something about it. We do so in the tranquility, in the trusting peace that empire’s worst is not the last word.

Becoming a Non-Violent Poetic Guerrilla

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That is the challenge before all of us. Whatever media form we use from talking to our neighbor to facebook to tweeting to writing letters to the editor, we must rise above the temptation to be post-truth—that is, to appeal to emotions and personal belief rather than objective facts.

We must tell the truth. Check the facts. Speak accurately. Speak righteously to use the churchy word.

That is the only thing that can save us now.