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Sermon for May 27, 2012 / Pentecost

Hello faithful reader. If been a bad blogger. Actually, I haven't really preached since April, so I have not had much to post here. However, the furlough is over. Today I post the first of five sermons in a series I'm calling, Five Ideas That Can Change Your Life. --mbb

Five Ideas That Can Change Your Life: Beauty for Ashes

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me,
   for the LORD has anointed me
   to bring good news to the poor.
God has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
   and to proclaim that captives will be released
   and prisoners will be freed.
God has sent me to tell those who mourn
   that the time of the LORD’s favor has come,
   and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
To all who mourn in Israel,
   God will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
   festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
   that the LORD has planted for his own glory.
Isaiah 61:1-3

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