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The Kingdom of Heaven is Like...

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First United Presbyterian Church “The Kingdom of Heaven is Like…” Rev. Amy Morgan September 24, 2017
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Jonah 3:10-4:11 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.’ And the Lord said, ‘Is it right for you to be angry?’ Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.
The Lord God appointed a b…

And They Call Themselves Christians

First United Presbyterian Church “And They Call Themselves Christian” Rev. Amy Morgan September 10, 2017
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Ezekiel 33:7-11 7 So you, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8If I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked ones, you shall surely die’, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but their blood I will require at your hand. 9But if you warn the wicked to turn from their ways, and they do not turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but you will have saved your life.
10 Now you, mortal, say to the house of Israel, Thus you have said: ‘Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?’ 11Say to them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back f…

No Getting Around It

First United Presbyterian Church “No Getting Around It” Rev. Amy Morgan September 3, 2017
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Jeremiah 15:15-21 O Lord, you know;    remember me and visit me,    and bring down retribution for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance do not take me away;    know that on your account I suffer insult. Your words were found, and I ate them,    and your words became to me a joy    and the delight of my heart; for I am called by your name,    O Lord, God of hosts. I did not sit in the company of merrymakers,    nor did I rejoice; under the weight of your hand I sat alone,    for you had filled me with indignation. Why is my pain unceasing,    my wound incurable,    refusing to be healed? Truly, you are to me like a deceitful brook,    like waters that fail.
Therefore, thus says the Lord: If you turn back, I will take you back,    and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless,    you shall serve as my mouth. It is they who will turn to you,    not you who …