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Reverend Kenneth E. Kovacs' Sermon's for 2004Maybe you missed a worship service, maybe you want to review a favorite sermon, maybe you're looking for a little inspiration today, or maybe you would like to visit our church and you wonder what to expect. Whatever your reason is for stopping here in your web travels, you have found the right place.
As many of you know, I don’t like using the word “spiritual.” I could probably go on for hours explaining why I feel so strongly about this (but you can be thankful that I won’t). I’m nervous whenever talk about spiritual things is divorced from the rest of life, from what we might call material things. It is generally assumed that “spirit” is better than “matter” because we think God prefers it that way. We say that God is “spirit,” after all. But from a Christian perspective – and that’s the perspective from which I speak – spirit and matter must be held together in a creative tension, because spirit took on flesh (matter) in Jesus Christ (John 1) and this is the way God prefers it. In fact, we know from scripture that this is the way God has always preferred it. To be human means to be an enfleshed spirit or enspirited flesh. But being human never means merely flesh or spirit. Both are essential.
It is fitting, now that we’ve taken down the Christmas tree, packed away the decorations, and put away the gifts to get on with our lives and try to figure out where we're going. It is fitting on this Sunday in the liturgical calendar – Baptism of the Lord – when the lectionary texts bring us to the River Jordan, that we go there too and maybe find in these waters some guidance for where we’re going in 2004. What is God calling me to do? What is God calling us to become? What work, what special task, what unique job is God giving me to fulfill in 2004? You can extend these questions beyond 2004 – what does God want to do with my life?
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