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Lent is for Sinners (CC)

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MARCH 22, 2015 SERMON (CC) ZION LUTHERAN, TORRANCE, CA REV. DAVE BOSTEDT WWW.ZIONTORRANCE.INFO LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US BY THE PROPHET JEREMIAH WHERE WE READ FROM CHAPTER 31, BEGIINNING WITH VERSE 31: "THE DAYS ARE COMING," DECLARES THE LORD, "WHEN I WILL MAKE A NEW COVENANT WITH THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE PEOPLE OF JUDAH. IT WILL NOT BE LIKE THE COVENANT I MADE WITH THEIR ANCESTORS WHEN I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO LEAD THEM OUT OF EGYPT, BECAUSE THEY BROKE MY COVENANT, THOUGH I WAS A HUSBAND TO THEM," DECLARES THE LORD. "THIS IS THE COVENANT I WILL MAKE WITH THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AFTER THAT TIME," DECLARES THE LORD. "I WILL PUT MY LAW IN THEIR MINDS AND WRITE IT ON THEIR HEARTS. I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY WILL BE MY PEOPLE. NO LONGER WILL THEY TEACH THEIR NEIGHBOR, OR SAY TO ONE ANOTHER, 'KNOW THE LORD,' BECAUSE THEY WILL ALL KNOW ME, FROM THE LEAST OF THEM TO THE GREATEST," DECLARES THE LORD. "FOR I WILL FORGIVE THEIR WICKEDNESS AND REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE." THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 BY BIBLICA, INC.] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST: I DON'T KNOW IF YOU ARE AWARE THAT THE PRIZEFIGHTER MAYWEATHER IS PREPARING FOR AN UPCOMING BOUT. AND IN ORDER TO PREPARE HIMSELF, HE HIRED A PERSONAL CHEF ON CALL 24 HOURS A DAY TO COOK FOR HIM. TO PREPARE HIS MEALS. THE COOK GETS PAID A THOUSAND DOLLARS A MEAL TO KEEP HIM ON TRACK; TO KEEP HIM FOCUSED, TO KEEP HIM EATING THE THINGS THAT HE'S SUPPOSED TO EAT. AND I WAS THINKING: YOU KNOW MAYBE I NEED TO REIMAGINE MY LIFE. NOT SO MUCH WITH A PERSONAL CHEF, BUT MAYBE A PERSONAL ASSISTANT. A PERSONAL ASSISTANT WHO DOES ALL OF THE WORK THAT I DON'T WANT TO DO ... DOES ALL OF THOSE LITTLE THINGS ... THAT, YOU KNOW, TO KEEP ME ON TRACK AND MAKE SURE I'M GETTING TO MY APPOINTMENTS ON TIME. AND MAKING SURE THAT EVERYTHING GETS DONE. AND MAYBE A PERSONAL SHOPPER. WHO CAN GO AND DO SHOPPING FOR ME SO THAT I CAN STAY UP ON THE NEWEST CLOTHES, AND HAVE ALL OF THESE WONDERFUL THINGS IN MY LIFE THAT I DON'T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT. AND THEN I THOUGHT: DO I REALLY WANT THAT? DO I REALLY WANT SOMEONE ELSE THAT IN CONTROL OF MY LIFE? BUT YES, THE POINT OF THE MATTER IS: IF I DON'T LIKE THE MEALS, THEY COULD MAKE ANOTHER ONE OR I COULD FIRE THEM AND HIRE ANOTHER COOK. IF I DON'T LIKE THE CLOTHES THAT THEY PICKED OUT, I COULD SEND THEM BACK. OR I COULD FIRE THEM. AND HIRE SOMEONE ELSE. IF I DON'T LIKE THE WAY THAT MY PERSONAL ASSISTANT IS RUNNING MY LIFE, I CAN JUST FIRE HER ... FIRE HIM ... AND GET A NEW ONE! BECAUSE MY HUMAN NATURE IS THAT I AM THE ONE WHO WANTS TO TAKE CARE OF MY LIFE. BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH I THINK IT MIGHT BE GOOD TO HAND OFF MY LIFE TO SOMEONE ELSE SO THAT IT WOULD BE EASIER AND MY DAY WOULD FLOW MORE SMOOTHLY, I'M STILL THE ONE WHO WANTS TO HOLD THE CONTROL. THE ONE WHO WANTS TO BE IN CHARGE. AND THE ONE WHO WANTS TO HOLD EVERYONE ELSE RESPONSIBLE WHEN THINGS DON'T GO THE WAY THAT I WANT THEM TO GO. THERE'S A LOT OF ... "I"s IN MY LIFE. MAYBE THERE'S A LOT OF ... "I"s ... IN YOUR LIFE, WHEN YOU SIT DOWN AND EXAMINE IT. SELFISHNESS; COMES EASILY TO US AS HUMAN BEINGS. AND YET, WE HEAR THE LORD SPEAK TO US FROM THE PROPHET JEREMIAH. IT'S INTERESTING HOW MANY TIMES THE WORD "I" APPEARS IN THOSE FEW SHORT VERSES. BUT IT'S NOT ABOUT ME, AND IT'S NOT ABOUT US, IT IS ALL ABOUT GOD. AND WHAT GOD IS GOING TO DO. AND WHAT GOD HAS DONE. WHAT GOD "IS" AND WHAT HE IS GOING TO BE. THAT HE WILL BE THE GOD OF HIS PEOPLE. THAT "HE" IS GOING TO ACCOMPLISH THIS! THAT "HE" IS THE ONE WHO IS GOING TO PUT IT FORTH. AND I LEARN FROM THAT, THAT I NEED TO BE THE ONE WHO IS GOING TO TRUST IN HIS FAITHFULNESS, AND TRUST IN HIS FORGIVENESS. BECAUSE HE IS THE ONE WHO DOES EVERYTHING FOR ME! HE IS THE ONE WHO IS THE ALL-KNOWING AND ALL-POWERFUL GOD WHO HAS CREATED A PLAN OF SALVATION. AND HAS CARRIED IT OUT ... EVEN WHEN I DIDN'T WANT HIM TO. EVEN WHEN I WOULD PROBABLY HAVE COME UP WITH SOME OTHER STANDARD OR SOME OTHER WAY TO GET MYSELF OUT OF THE PREDICAMENT OF SIN AND ITS PUNISHMENT, GOD SAID: DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. I HAVE TAKEN CARE OF IT! AND JEREMIAH CAME TO GOD'S PEOPLE TO REMIND THEM OF WHAT GOD HAD DONE. TO REMIND THEM WHAT GOD DID FOR THEIR ANCESTORS WHEN HE TOOK THEM BY THE HAND OUT OF EGYPT. THAT PICTURE OF A PARENT LEADING A CHILD KEEPING THEM SAFE; WANTING THEM TO GO IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION SO THAT THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GET HURT. GOD TOOK THOSE PEOPLE UP OUT OF ISRAEL; TOOK ISRAEL UP OUT OF THE LAND OF THE EGYPTIANS, IN LOVE FOR THEM, TO MAKE THEM HIS PEOPLE. TO BRING THEM TO HIMSELF. TO MAKE THEM A NATION THAT BELONGED TO HIM. TO CALL THEM HIS OWN. AND TO GIVE THEM HIS LAW. TO GIVE THEM HIS COMMANDMENTS. TO SAY: I AM THE LORD AND THERE IS NO OTHER! I'M SLOW TO ANGER; I'M LOVING. I'M COMPASSIONATE! BUT I'M ALSO JUST! AND HERE IS THE LAW THAT I WISH YOU TO KEEP. THESE ARE MY COMMANDMENTS AND I GIVE THEM TO YOU. AS I MAKE YOU MY OWN, YOU ARE GOING TO BE MY PEOPLE. YOU WILL OBEY MY WORD; YOU WILL FOLLOW THESE COMMANDS. AND NOT JUST THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN THE MORAL LAW, BUT HE GAVE THEM A CIVIL CODE. HE GAVE THEM A CEREMONIAL CODE FOR USE IN WORSHIP. HE LAID OUT IT IN METICULOUS DETAIL TO SAY: YOU WILL BE MY PEOPLE AND THIS IS HOW WE WILL WORK WITH EACH OTHER. BECAUSE I AM YOUR GOD! AND I AM GOING TO BE FAITHFUL TO YOU. AND YET THROUGHOUT THAT RELATIONSHIP, THAT GOD HAD WITH HIS PEOPLE, EVEN THOUGH HE WAS ALWAYS FAITHFUL, HIS CHILDREN WERE NOT. HIS CHILDREN DIDN'T TRUST HIM. HIS CHILDREN WERE NOT FAITHFUL TO HIM OR HIS WORD. EVEN WHEN HE BROUGHT THEM TO THAT LAND THAT WAS SO FILLED WITH BLESSINGS ... THEY TIRED OF THOSE BLESSINGS. AND THEY SAID: WE WANT A KING! WE WANT A KING LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. SO WE FIT IN! AND GOD GAVE THEM A KING. BUT THOSE KINGS ALSO BECAME CORRUPT. TURNED THEIR BACK ON GOD'S WILL. AND ON GOD'S WAY AND IN GOD'S WORSHIP. FELL INTO THE TRAP OF WORSHIPING THOSE FALSE GODS OF THE PEOPLE THAT THEY DID NOT DRIVE OUT OF THE LAND THAT GOD HAD TOLD THEM TO. MIXED THEIR WORSHIP WITH THAT OF IDOLS. AND GOD CONTINUED TO SEND THEM PROPHETS. CONTINUED TO SEND THEM PEOPLE TO CALL THEM BACK. TO BRING THEM BACK TO HIM. TO OBEY THE WORD. TO DO WHAT IT SAID. TO COME BACK TO GOD IN REPENTANCE. AND HE PROMISED THEM FORGIVENESS. AND WHEN THOSE PEOPLE DIDN'T, GOD CAME WITH HIS JUSTICE ... AND HIS LAW. HAULING SOME OF THEM OFF TO ASSYRIA. HAULING OTHERS OFF TO BABYLON. BECAUSE GOD'S PEOPLE WERE NOT FAITHFUL TO HIM. BUT GOD WAS ALWAYS FAITHFUL! FAITHFUL TO HIS PEOPLE. FAITHFUL TO HIS PROMISE THAT HE WOULD ALSO FORGIVE. THAT HE WOULD SEND THE SAVIOR WHO WOULD BE THE BASIS OF GOD'S FORGIVENESS AND SHOWING IT TO THE WORLD THAT HE SENT HIS SON ... HIS ONE AND ONLY SON INTO THIS WORLD TO SAVE HUMANITY. TO BE FAITHFUL TO GOD'S WORD. IN EVERY ASPECT NOT TO SIN. TO BE HOLY. TO BE FAITHFUL TO WHAT THE FATHER HAD INTENDED. FAITHFUL TO THE POINT OF GOING TO SACRIFICE HIS OWN BODY IN DEATH ON THE CROSS FOR ALL HUMANITY. TO BEAR THAT WEIGHT OF SIN. TO BEAR THAT PUNISHMENT. BUT TO THERE DESTROY IT SO THAT WE, AS THE PEOPLE OF GOD, WOULD KNOW AND UNDERSTAND HOW FAITHFUL GOD IS. AS WELL AS THE FORGIVENESS THAT HE OFFERS. THE FORGIVENESS THAT COMES TO US NEW EVERY MORNING! THE PSALMIST REMINDS US IT IS THAT FORGIVENESS THAT WE, AS GOD'S PEOPLE, TURN TO HIM TO LOOK FOR. WE ARE EXPECTANT OF ... WE COME WITH OUR PRAYERS WANTING TO SEE THAT LOVE IN OUR LIVES. WANTING GOD TO BLESS US FROM THAT LOVE IN THE MERCY OF THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. THAT'S WHY WE PLEAD OUR FOPRGIVENESS ON THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. TO KNOW THAT GOD TAKES OUR SINS AND HAS FORGIVEN THEM COMPLETELY. AND TOTALLY. HE IS THE ONE WHO HAS DONE WHAT WE COULD NOT DO. WHAT WE DIDN'T EVEN WANT DONE. SAVED US WHEN WE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WE NEEDED SAVING! WHEN WE DIDN'T EVEN WANT SAVING; WHEN WE WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD ... GOD SAVED US! PURELY OUT OF HIS MERCY AND HIS COMPASSION. HIS UNFAILING LOVE. THAT BEFORE WE WANTED TO COME TO GOD, HE CAME TO US. MOST OF US HERE, WITH THE POWER OF THE WORD IN THE WATERS OF BAPTISM CREATING FAITH. FAITH AND TRUST THAT OUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN. THAT WE ARE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST BEFORE GOD'S HEAVENLY THRONE. THAT HEAVEN IS OURS AND OUR LIFE IS SECURE! BECAUSE GOD HAS DONE IT! HE IS OUR GOD. HE PROMISED THAT HE WOULD BE OUR GOD. HE PROMISED THAT HE WOULD BE FAITHFUL. HE PROMISED THAT HE WOULD FORGIVE US AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED! ALL OF THOSE THINGS WE KNOW. BUT YET THAT LITTLE WORD "I" CREEPS INTO OUR VOCABULARY. AND SOMETIMES WE DOUBT. SOMETIMES WE HAVE FEARS. SOMETIMES WE THINK THAT GOD ISN'T BEING FAIR TO US. AND THEN IT'S EASY FOR US TO RATIONALIZE THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO BE FAITHFUL TO HIM. I DON'T HAVE TO KEEP THOSE COMMANDMENTS. ESPECIALLY NOT IN THIS CIRCUMSTANCE BECAUSE IF GOD KNEW THE PARENTS THAT I HAD TO DEAL WITH, HE WOULD NOT TELL ME TO HONOR AND OBEY THEM. IF GOD UNDERSTOOD THE SITUATION THAT I WAS IN, HE WOULD UNDERSTAND ME BEING ABLE TO CHEAT SOMEONE OUT OF SOME LITTLE THING JUST SO THAT I CAN SAVE SOME MONEY SOMEWHERE ELSE. THE THINGS THAT I WANT DONE WHERE I DON'T HAVE TO BE FAITHFUL. BUT WE KNOW THAT THAT JUST SMACKS GOD IN THE FACE ... WITH OUR OWN SINFULNESS. HE DESIRES US TO LIVE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. TO PUT IT INTO PRACTICE BECAUSE HE IS OUR GOD. AND IF WE ARE HIS CHILDREN, WE WILL OBEY HIM. WE WILL WORK WITH THE SPIRIT EACH AND EVERY DAY TO LIVE LIVES THAT ARE FAITHFUL TO HIS WORD. THAT WE TRUST HIM. THAT WE KNOW THAT WE ARE FORGIVEN. THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT EVEN GOD COMES TO US EACH AND EVERY DAY WITH THE FORGIVENESS THAT WE DON'T DESERVE. BECAUSE DAILY WE COME TO HIM WITH SIN. AND YET IN LOVE FOR US, HE WASHES US CLEAN. SO THAT WE CAN SHOW OTHERS THAT SAME FORGIVENESS. THAT SAME UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF GOD. THAT SAME COMPASSION. THAT SAME MERCY. NOT ADDING IN ANY OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OR SITUATIONS OR PLACES WE'VE FOUND OURSELVES IN. ALL OF THOSE EXCUSES THAT WE MAKE FOR NOT FORGIVING OTHERS. OR NOT BEING COMPASSIONATE WITH THEM. GOD IN HIS FAITHFULNESS HAS NEVER TREATED US IN THAT WAY. HE IS OUR GOD. HE HAS FORGIVEN US. HE SAYS SHOW THAT UNDERSTANDING AND FORGIVE OTHERS. TRUST THE LORD. TRUST THE ONE WHO IS YOUR GOD ... WHO HAS NEVER LEFT YOU; NEVER ABANDONED YOU, NEVER FORSAKEN YOU. HE IS ALWAYS FAITHFUL TO YOU. HE ALWAYS LOVES. HE ALWAYS FORGIVES. PUT YOUR FAITH AND TRUST IN HIM! AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

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Duration: 16 minutes and 46 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: Dotsub - Standard License
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Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
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