I get to preach about two of my favorite things this weekend! To be clear, our Lord and God holds the highest place in my heart, but since I was about 5 years old giant monsters – and ONE in particular – have always held a high position (probably more than it should have been then, and more appropriately positioned now. I plan to elucidate WHY a big green leviathan may hold an awe-striking and humbling place in the heart of man at Film and Theology tonight, (Friday, 6:45pm) but I think Job 41 speaks for itself if you want to have a read.
“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook or press down his tongue with a cord? Can you put a rope in his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook? Lay your hands on him; remember the battle—you will not do it again! Behold, the hope of a man is false; he is laid low even at the sight of him. No one is so fierce that he dares to stir him up. Who then is he who can stand before me? His breath kindles coals, and a flame comes forth from his mouth.” – from Job 41
Sunday, I get to broach a topic rarely hit upon in church and deal with some odd observations about God and fashion. Does God care about the clothes we wear? He certainly did when it came to ONE garment in Exodus 2 (read here), and we can make several obvious observations and interpretations as well as seeing how the symbolism catalyzed the people then and set up a visual sermon for the High Priest all Christians love and live for and serve today. Maybe take some time to think about WHY you wear what YOU wear as we go into this weekend together. There will certainly be some answers Sunday in terms of why we glorify God in general, and the MAIN point certainly points to Jesus and gives us more reason to marvel and glorify Him, but perhaps you’ll glean a few personal applications as well that follow you in the weeks and months and lifetime to come.
And hey parents… if that big lizard might scare the kids, don’t worry: our Children’s Ministry will be learning about what to do when they’re afraid, learning from 2 Kings 6:8-22 this Sunday to find out what Elisha’s servant was afraid of and learn that God is with us when we are afraid. Teaching this week is Steve Gonzales with Carolyn Bowers and Winona Geddis. Deacon Steve will have a special treat for the kids with some real, live creatures that some may be a bit afraid of (contained of course).
Blessings on your weekend and hope to see you Sunday! Soli Deo Gloria,- Pastor James