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We Can Do Better!

Repent, and believe the Good News
Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 25:4-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15

Sermon Week First Sunday of Lent Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 1:15

Driving home from a party late one night, a married couple gets into a heated argument about the husband's, boorish behavior. As the rhetoric grows in intensity, so does the driver's speed. And it is only a matter of time before he is pulled over by a highway patrolman.

The cop approaches the car. "What's the problem officer?" the driver asks.

"You were going at least 75 in a 40 mile-per-hour construction zone," the officer says sternly.

"No sir," the driver insists, "I was only going 45."

"Oh Robert," the man's wife says, "You know you were going 80." (Robert gives his wife a dirty look.)

"I'm also going to give you a ticket for your broken tail light," the officer explains.

Hoping for a little mercy, the driver pleads his case, "Broken tail light? I didn't know anything about a broken tail light."

"Oh Robert," the wife breaks in, "you've known about that tail light for weeks now." (Robert gives his wife another dirty look.)

"I'm also going to give you a citation for not wearing your seatbelt," the cop adds.

Robert's agitation is reaching a breaking point. "Oh please, not that. I only took it off when you were walking up to the car."

"Oh Robert, you know you never wear your seatbelt" his wife taunts.

Turning to his wife, a red-faced Robert shouts, "If you don't shut your mouth right now you're gonna be sorry!"

Concerned by the driver's threat, the officer asks, "Ma'am, does your husband always talk to you this way?"

"No, she replies, "only when he's drunk!"

Which reminds me of another story -- this one about two old friends who meet on the street one day. Having heard about his friend's very demanding fiancee, the other man says, "Didn't you tell me the last time we met that you stopped smoking because she asked you to?" "Yes, that's right," the friend answers.

"And you stopped drinking because she asked you?"
"Sure did."

"And you stopped swearing because she asked you?"
"Heck yeah!"

"And you stopped gambling because she asked you?"
"Smartest thing I ever did."

"And yet you never married her. Why's that?"

"Well," says the changed man, "as soon as I [...]


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