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The Marshmallow Test

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Biblical Text: Matthew 25:1-13
Full Sermon Draft

The sermon text is the the parable of the 10 Bridesmaids. The title of this post comes from a comparison I make between the parable, a famous psychology experiment and the situation of the Christian life. If you know the test, it is done leaving a toddler with a marshmallow and a promise. The comparison is made in questioning exactly what type of test this is: willpower, trust, taste or just a cruel joke. I think those are how many people would categorize the second coming of Jesus: a test of holiness, a test of faith, a factor of election or just a joke. The parable would say simply faith. All fell asleep ruling out holiness. The Wise actively prepared ruling out pure election. The bridegroom promises return ruling out joke for those who believe. The over-riding point is faith, with a secondary point of the necessary things to remain in the faith.

And the that secondary point is sticky point. Nobody can share their oil. How you prepare, how you keep faith, is up to you. The church can point at wise ways. It can point at foolish ways or ways sure to shipwreck the faith, but nobody can give you their oil. You must live your Christian life.

Program Note: I’ve left in more than the typical number of hymns as they seemed to record well and were tight with the overall theme. The choir sings Rejoice, Rejoice Believers. I then at that end leave in the hymn after the Sermon and the closing hymn: Rise, My Soul to Watch and Pray (LSB 663) and The Church’s One Foundation (LSB 644) respectively. Take those two as a couple of the wiser ways of preparation.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 30:1-20 and Matthew 19:1-15

Deuteronomy 30:1-20
Matthew 19:1-15
Moses preaches the Gospel/Circumcised Hearts & The nearness of the Word
Moses’ allowance for uncircumcised hearts, divorce
The normative nature of marriage & even Jesus’ acknowledgement of its toughness

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 29:1-29 and Matthew 18:21-35

Deuteronomy 29:1-29
Matthew 18:21-35
Difference between the edge of the Jordan and Sinai? – doubtful
And standing covenant for all
The purpose of the law, to point us toward mercy
Christ is merciful first and greater
Not to go back into debt/sin

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 14:1-2, 22-23, 28-15:15 and Matthew 13:24-43

Deuteronomy 14:1-2, 22-23, 28-15:15
Matthew 13:24-43
The law of the tithe – in the place God specified & for the people
The Gospel – The Kingdom of Heaven as leaven in the midst of the world

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 4:1-20 and Matthew 7:13-29

Deuteronomy 4:1-20
Matthew 7:13-29
Teaching as one with authority (Jesus on the Mount = Cloud of Fire on the Mount)
The difference of starting with the Beatitudes

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 2 Chronicles 29:1-24 and Philippians 3:1-21

2 Chronicles 29:1-24
Philippians 3:1-21
A short comment on the order of our Bible/2 Chronicles repeating Samuel&Kings
The Centrality of the Resurrection
Disbelief in the resurrection is like that Temple with the Closed Door

Link for article mentioned

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 2 Kings 5:9-27 and Philippians 1:1-20

2 Kings 5:9-27
Philippians 1:1-20
The attitude of the heart seen in Naaman vs. Gehazi
A shared ministry in the proclamation of the Gospel

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Kings 18:1-19 and Ephesians 2:1-22

1 Kings 18:1-19
Ephesians 2:1-22
A funny scene with Elijah & its NT parallel (Joanna, the wife of Chuza in Luke 8:3)
The doctrinal gospel in the nutshell – grace, faith, election
A theoretical question – commandment vs. ordinances

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Judges 14:1-20 and Galatians 3:1-22

Sorry about the timing and the sound quality. Internet has been down all day and my good mics not here.
Judges 14:1-20
Galatians 3:1-22
What do you do with a problem like Samson?
The purpose of the law

Citizenship Glory? – A Pentecost Confrontation

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Biblical Texts: Numbers 11:24-30, Acts 2:1-21 and John 7:37-39
Full Sermon Draft

There were several events that kicked off this sermon that are meaningful as Americans, but what Pentecost is a reminder of is that the City and the Unity we thirst for is not found in the Kingdoms of the world – those established by law. The City we long for is the City of God. The entrance to the City of God is Calvary which is the nullification of our self justifications our attempts to earn it. The citizenship we thirst for is only available by grace.

Here is the link to Carl Cannon’s article mentioned in the Sermon.