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Is This How You Love Me, God?

The time has come and the Kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News
Mark 1:14-20

Sermon Topic Repentance

Sermon Week Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 1:15


Repent! There is that command from the Lord Jesus again! It's time to ask yourself once again, "What does repentance mean for my life? Does it mean anything at all for my life?"

We may be a bit fuzzy on the meaning of repentance, but we can be certain that it involves more -- much more -- than a little fine-tuning of the way we live from day to day. It means changing radically the way we live from day to day...

_Repentance penetrates the crusts of piety we wrap around ourselves as a protective shield against any serious change in our lifestyle;

_Repentance begins inside the heart and turns life upside down for us, and right side up for God;

_Repentance reverses our priorities, upsets our values, turns our pockets inside out;

_Repentance shatters our systems of security and hangs us on the thin thread we call the "Will of God";

_Repentance revolts against the devil we have loved and reconciles us to God whom we have failed to love.

Speak of the devil, it seems that one day he followed a married woman to Saks Fifth Avenue. There she spent more money than the family budget would allow. The result, in part, was an expensive, stylish dress. When she arrived home, her husband strongly objected to the cost of the dress. "I couldn't help buying it," the wife replied, "the devil tempted me." "Why didn't you say, 'Get thee behind me, Satan?'" the husband asked. "Oh, but I did," insisted the wife. "I said 'Get thee behind me, Satan' and do you know what he did? He leaned over my shoulder and whispered, 'My dear, the dress fits you just beautifully in the back.'"

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