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March 15, 2020

OUR CHOICE FOR THIS SEASON

©Wendell Griffen, 2020

New Millennium Church

Little Rock, Arkansas

March 15, 2020 (3d Sunday in Lent)

 

Psalm 46

1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;

3though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Selah

4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.

5God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns.

6The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.

7The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

8Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what desolations he has brought on the earth.

9He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.

10“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”

11The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

 


March 1, 2020


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WHAT’S GOING ON?

©Wendell Griffen, 2020

New Millennium Church

Little Rock, Arkansas

March 1, 2020 (First Sunday of Lent)

 

 

Matthew 4:1-11

4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 

3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; 9 and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” 

11 Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

God of mercy,
your word was the sure defense of Jesus in his time of testing.


February 23, 2020

 

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Bursting Bubbles and Blindspots

©Zachary Crow, 2020

 

New Millennium Church, Little Rock, Arkansas

 

February 23, 2020 (Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany)


 

As we enter the election — there is an ill-wind blowing across the land. 

It smells like the subversion of democracy. It smells like rising economic and racial disparity. This ill-wind smells like the growing normalization of scapegoating. It smells like the demonization of marginalized peoples — namely black folks, indigenous peoples and immigrants, gender and sexual minorities, people experiencing poverty, and others struggling for freedom and full inclusion in the American story. 

Meanwhile — those with enormous privilege — billionaires — on both sides of the aisle, in case you’re not paying attention — disingenuously cast themselves as victims of social change and paint those who wish to bridge and heal social divides as dangerous and unpatriotic extremists. Like so many others before them — they warn against pushing for progress — too hard, too fast, or too loudly. 

As followers of Jesus — we know in our gut — that the politics of categorical exclusion are ungodly — sinful — demonic. Communities of faith are called to resist the othering that has become increasingly common. Communities of faith are called to practice the revolutionary act of hospitality — to welcome the stranger, to clothe the naked, to feed the hungry, to visit those in prison — and perhaps even more importantly — resist the powers and principalities that cast them out, that stole their clothing, that cut their food stamps, that locked them up in the first place.


February 16, 2020
 
 


FACING AN OLD INCONVENIENT TRUTH

©Wendell Griffen, 2020

New Millennium Church, Little Rock, Arkansas

February 16, 2020 (Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany)

 

Jeremiah 5:20-31

20 Declare this in the house of Jacob,
   proclaim it in Judah:
21 Hear this, O foolish and senseless people,
   who have eyes, but do not see,
   who have ears, but do not hear.
22 Do you not fear me? says the Lord;
   Do you not tremble before me?
I placed the sand as a boundary for the sea,
   a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass;
though the waves toss, they cannot prevail,
   though they roar, they cannot pass over it.
23 But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart;
   they have turned aside and gone away.
24 They do not say in their hearts,
   ‘Let us fear the 
Lord our God,
who gives the rain in its season,
   the autumn rain and the spring rain,
and keeps for us
   the weeks appointed for the harvest.’
25 Your iniquities have turned these away,
   and your sins have deprived you of good.
26 For scoundrels are found among my people;
   they take over the goods of others.
Like fowlers they set a trap;
   they catch human beings.
27 Like a cage full of birds,
   their houses are full of treachery;
therefore they have become great and rich,
28   they have grown fat and sleek.
They know no limits in deeds of wickedness;
   they do not judge with justice
the cause of the orphan, to make it prosper,
   and they do not defend the rights of the needy.
29 Shall I not punish them for these things?

says the Lord,
   and shall I not bring retribution
   on a nation such as this?


February 9, 2020



MORE THAN THAT
©Wendell Griffen, 2020
New Millennium Church, Little Rock, AR
February 9, 2020 (Fifth Sunday after Epiphany


Isaiah 58:1-12

58Shout out, do not hold back!
   Lift up your voice like a trumpet!
Announce to my people their rebellion,
   to the house of Jacob their sins.
2 Yet day after day they seek me
   and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that practised righteousness
   and did not forsake the ordinance of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgements,
   they delight to draw near to God.
3 ‘Why do we fast, but you do not see?
   Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?’
Look, you serve your own interest on your fast-day,
   and oppress all your workers.
4 Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
   and to strike with a wicked fist.
Such fasting as you do today
   will not make your voice heard on high.

5 Is such the fast that I choose,
   a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush,
   and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast,
   a day acceptable to the 
Lord?


6 Is not this the fast that I choose:
   to loose the bonds of injustice,
   to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
   and to break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
   and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
   and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
8 Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
   and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator shall go before you,
   the glory of the 
Lord shall be your rearguard.