April 20, 2014
John 20:1-18
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

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Becoming Good Trees

Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6

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Sermons On The Gospel Readings
Series II, Cycle A

Charles L. Aaron Jr.

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Most pastors have seen the damage caused when a purple-faced preacher has sought to scare a person into faith. Pastors counsel with people even into their eighties and nineties who still have trouble feeling love from God because when they were children, someone had frightened them with images of an angry God, ready to smack them down if they didn't behave and believe. Parents will tell us of children coming home in tears from other churches. An adult had gotten in the face of a child demanding an answer to the questions, "What would happen to you if you died tonight?" That is not the most pastoral question to ask a six-year-old.

Fear alone is not a good basis for our faith. An irrational or excessive fear is especially destructive to genuine faith. We have to hold that thought in mind because in chapter 5 of Matthew, Jesus says some scary things. "For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that...

This Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 sermon, Becoming Good Trees, is based on Matthew 5:21-37 and relates to Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The Gospel Readings . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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