“Pura Vida” Matthew 6:25-34, Philippians 4:6-7 and Another Voice: “The Book of Joy”, Dalai Lama by Rev. Don Ludwig, January 5, 2020 Introduction My family have decided to move – to Costa Rica! Kathy and I have been there three times – each time brings something new – this time we were able to share […]
Sermon: Here I am, Lord Sunday, December 29 Congratulations on surviving the hustle and bustle of Christmas! Don’t let your guard down, New Year’s Eve is yet to come! 2019 is ending and we’re transitioning into the new year. Some of you have committed to New Year’s resolutions and will be making personal changes. A […]
“Soul of the Whole” by Rev. Don Ludwig, Dec. 24, 2019 – 11:00 p.m. Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Within Every Person Is The Soul Of The Whole; The Wise Silence; The Universal Beauty” Introduction Five days ago, I experience a loss that was heart-wrenching. Many might think it is trivial, but for me it […]
“God With Us” Christmas Eve Family Meditation By Rev. Don Ludwig, December 24, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Introduction The story we just heard is as spectacular as it is simple. A baby born far away from his homeland, in a stable of all places – to a virgin mother – to a couple struggling to have […]
“Just Say Yes!” Matthew 1:18-25; Dalai Lama XIV, The Book of Joy; Lasting Happiness in a Changing World By Rev. Don Ludwig. December 22, 2019 GOSPEL READING Matthew 1:18-25 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she […]
Possibilities from a New Humanity Matthew 24:36-44 Mark Hernandez-Mullins Southminster Presbyterian Church, December 15, 2019 In Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol, a mean-spirited capitalist named Ebenezer Scrooge has a series of visions. The first was the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, dead for 7 years, who drags a bunch of chains […]
“Stay Close” Matthew 1:18-22, Excerpt from “Generous Orthodoxy” by Brian D. McClaren By Rev. Don Ludwig, December 8, 2019 Introduction I remember the first time when I was about 4 or 5 years old when I walked unannounced through the closed door of my parents’ bedroom and something other than sleeping was going on. As […]
“Prepared for Possibility” Luke 3:1-6, Another Voice: Brene Brown by Rev. Don Ludwig. December 1, 2019 An airplane was about to crash. There were 4 passengers on board, but only three parachutes. The 1st passenger said, “I am Damian Lilliard, the best NBA basketball player. The Blazers and my millions of fans need me, and […]
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.
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.