Second Presbyterian Church

Eighth & Waller Streets Portsmouth, OH 45662     740-353-4159     secondpres@yahoo.com

New Year. Same Promises: God's Promise oF LIFE. 


(from a sermon preached Sun, Feb 12 on the text Deuteronomy 30:15-20.) 

Sermon excerpt: 

When I first read this passage, I thought, “Geez, Moses, when you put it like that, who WOULDN’T choose life and good and prosperity and blessings?! It’s a no-brainer, right?”

....

Easy peasy. We would choose life every time.

Or would we?

What if we thought of death a little differently? What if, as one writer proposes, we think of death as “a slow process of giving ourselves to what does not matter”?[1]

How many times a day, without even consciously thinking about it, do we give ourselves to what does not matter, to what is temporary, to what is earthly; how many times a day do we give ourselves to unrighteous anger, to petty selfishness, to bickering, to holding a grudge, to the frantic pace of life rushing past us, to greed, to the desire to get ahead or get revenge, to despair or to hopelessness.

[1] Feasting on the Word, Younger, p. 341.

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