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Monday 29 August, 02005

by Matthew Bartlett @ 7:49 am

Matthew’s second sermon: the gift of love [70KB PDF]

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  1. Hans says:

    “………….at my old church………..”?????

    Distracts me a bit I must say, should I be sad?

  2. kathy says:

    that is some nice smooth reading, wish i’d heard it.

  3. Hans — ah yes, good point, let’s talk about that some time. Give me a call of an evening if you like.

  4. Alwin says:

    Another good sermon matt.

  5. anna says:

    where do you ‘preach’ them?

  6. D says:

    Ummm… I enjoyed your sermon Matt. A doubt remains…

    While I’m something of a fan of Psalm 103, I feel it showed very little of god’s love. Shortness and frailness of our lives yes, love and gifts – no.

    If anything, it sounded more like making a business deal, eg. I’ll love you if you do what I want (ie. keep the covenant, do his will). The sort of thing you see in Deuteronomy 29 – which, in all honesty doesn’t wow me.

    In the OT, god generally sounds rather unloving except in the minor prophets to me. In the NT, Jesus sounds very loving and some of that seems to rub off onto god.

    I’m wondering how that song speaks of god’s love and gifts to you? The only thing from your text seems to be that he takes care of them. I’ll also take care of you if you do what I want, but that’ll be more like a business deal than love.

    Love is without why.

  7. Cheers D. I would say I feel the gift has already been made, and now I feel compelled to live gratefully. It’s not that I had a choice at some stage between a variety of options, and chose the god with the best benefits.

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