Sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Lent - Psalm 22:30-31
Article for the March Newsletter, 2021
In the TV show, Better Call Saul, Mike Ehrmantraut is a retired police officer from Philadelphia who has moved to New Mexico to be close to his daughter-in-law and granddaughter. At one point you learn that his son, also a police officer, was killed because he was not wanting to join in the corruption that was rampant in his Philadelphia precinct. Prior to his son’s death, Mike confronted his son. He warned him not to go to Internal Affairs. He said, “If you even look like you are going to talk, you’re dead.” But Matt, Mike’s son, is stubborn and strong.
Join us these next three weeks as we share in a Bible Study taking a look at the three days of Holy Week in Mark's Gospel that we tend to ignore - Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, and Spy Wednesday. This week is a study of Holy Monday and the text is found in Mark 11:12-19. The Study sheet follows our video.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God… - Exodus 20:4-5
When I was younger, I wanted to be a lot of things. I liked the idea of being Stringfellow Hawke from Airwolf. I wanted to fly a top-secret helicopter and rescue people, until I realized I don’t enjoy flying. Then I wanted to be Christian Okoye, the big bruiser from Azuza Pacific College who played running back for the Kansas City Chiefs. In part it was because I learned he also was a world ranked shot putter and discus thrower, but also because he was ginormous. I loved watching him play. Then I learned I hated football practice. You cannot get good at something if you hate practice, or hate what you do, so that dream died.
Finally, I wanted to be Lars Riedel, the World and Olympic Champion in the discus. He had such great form and was so powerful. But when the truth came out that I was never going to surpass 5 foot 10 inches tall, and Lars is 6 foot 6 inches, I guessed I probably could not be him either. God had other plans for my good.