Read Genesis 4: 1-10 to start.
The story of
Cain and Abel is a familiar account. I know I’ve mentioned Cain in many past
sermons, on topics such as envy, anger, revenge and forgiveness, as well why do
bad things happen to supposedly good people. I have used Cain repeatedly and
thusly because he is a ready example of how things can go so tragically wrong
in such a short time. It’s easy to reference him, and it’s generally
applicable, because we see sinful behaviour all around us, all the time, and we
see it as well when we look inside. Cain embodies our sinful nature with all the
jealousy, rage, impulsiveness, and false self-righteousness that we know to be
inside the very worst parts of ourselves.
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Read 1 Samuel chapter 15 to start.
There are two
well-known individuals that we are going to look at this morning. From what we
read, you can probably guess the first one, which is of course King Saul. The
second, and we’ll read his account a bit later, is David. We know David a lot
better than we know Saul.
We often think of David in relation to someone else. David and Goliath is of course the obvious example. David and Jonathan, that’s another, and sadly, there’s David and Bathsheba, but we’ll get to that a bit later on.
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Read Exodus 32:1-8 to start.
I’d like to
start this morning with a question. Actually, there are two questions, one
leads to the other. The first one is who here still eats toast? Between those
who are on low carb, keto, or gluten free diets, probably lots of people don’t
eat toast much anymore. I don’t eat toast all that often, it’s not my breakfast
go-to, but my wife and a couple of my kids opt for toast fairly often. If you
eat toast, or for that matter if you eat popcorn, or corn on the cob, or baked
potatoes, or steamed carrots, odds are pretty good that you use butter on at
least some of those foods. Maybe all of those foods. Maybe you use a little
butter, maybe you use a lot.
Continue reading Substitutes, Poor and Otherwise