“Now the Egyptians are men, and not God, and their horses flesh, and not spirit,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Now the Egyptians are men, and not God, and their horses flesh, and not spirit.” – Isaiah 31:3

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Isaiah 31 · Luke 6:27-49 · Psalm 80

Sermon

Our recent history has been a history of wars. After each it has been hoped that peace would follow, that the world would see the folly of war, its inability to bring security, and that mankind would begin to seek that concord and peace without which there can be neither happiness, friendship, nor any reward of toil or of thought in the world. Instead there have been years of tension, dissatisfaction, and increasing armaments, and now there are small conflicts in one part of the world or another, which may spread to the larger nations. Fires spread and sometimes get out of control. It is likewise with war, if it is not checked and put out.

It is easy to blame one nation, and perhaps still easier to blame one person, and as futile as it is easy. There are indeed the external aspects of war, the overt acts leading to armed conflict. But it is the inner causes that we most need to discover and to deal with. There is a great conflict going on in the world – a spiritual conflict – and the physical conflicts are but the surface disturbance which point to causes within.

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“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6

Readings

Isaiah 30:1-17 · John 14:1-17 · Psalm 43

Sermon

The fourteenth chapter of John contains some of the most striking statements concerning the Lord to be found in the Scriptures, and in it the Lord revealed Himself more freely to His disciples than He had done in any of His previous conversations with them.

One of these statements is, “Ye believe in God, believe also in me.” Jesus here places Himself on an equality with God, and demands the same belief in Him as that which men should direct to God. But although He is God and God alone, He here makes a distinction between God and Jesus, or between the Father and the Son. This distinction is a most important one, as our Lord plainly teaches. He said to His disciples, “Ye believe in God.” Why ask them to do more? It was because though they believed in God, yet they were in darkness and not in light. They were in doubt, obscurity, and fear. He told them that if they would believe in Him, the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, would come, who would lead them in the paths of peace. If they would believe in Jesus as they believed in God, they would be brought out of bondage and dwell in the Promised Land.

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“Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.” – Isaiah 66:1

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Isaiah 65:17-66:2 · John 15 · Psalm 48

Sermon

The great gap in the world’s knowledge is that of knowledge of the Lord. This is in part due to a lack of understanding of the Word. By the majority of Christians the Word is thought to be the work of fallible men. But when it is understood in the light of the revelation given to the New Church, it is seen to be the source and repository of knowledge of spiritual things.

Our text sets forth in very few words the three fundamental facts that lie back of the explanation of all things, namely, the Lord, the heavens, and the earth. Translated into more abstract terms it refers to the Divine life, the substantial spiritual world, and this ultimate realm of physical matter. This is the great trine into which the universe is resolvable, it being the expression in its broadest reach of the primal law of end, cause, and effect which, because it reflects the inseparable union of love, wisdom, and use in the one God, lies at the base of all unity and being.

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“And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail,” by Louis A. Dole

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“And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail.” – Exodus 4:4

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Exodus 4:1-17 · Mark 16 · Psalm 140

Sermon

Moses had been called to deliver his people from bondage in Egypt. It was the Lord, of course, who delivered them, but this deliverance had to be effected through human instrumentality, for that is always the method of Divine operation.

We are familiar with the story of the birth of Moses. Hidden because of the fear of the Pharaoh he was put in a little ark of bulrushes and placed among the reeds of the Nile, and left to the care of Him who feeds the ravens and clothes the lilies. The Divine providence watched over him and destined him to become greater than the Pharaoh who ruled the greatest kingdom in the world, and to play a part in history which would immortalize his name, while the powerful dynasty of the Pharaohs was doomed to disappearance and oblivion.

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“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” by Louis A. Dole

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“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” – Psalm 133:1

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Jeremiah 17:1-14 · Revelation 12 · Psalm 147

Sermon

Externally the world is becoming more and more a single community. There are, of course, national allegiances, yet the thought that the peoples of this earth can live and prosper independently of each other is seen to be an idle dream. Common dangers confront all nations. There is the danger of exploitation and the exhausting of natural resources, and there is the danger of the misuse of science and technology. All men need a permanent and stable peace. An increasing number of people everywhere are becoming aware of the fact that fear cannot be banished nor their aspirations satisfied unless all work together. The Scriptures throughout teach that men were created to live together and to work together in mutual love and service.

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“The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens,” by Louis A. Dole

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“The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.” – Jeremiah 10:11

Readings

Jeremiah 10:1-16 · Mark 7:1-13 · Psalm 135

Sermon

Our text is literally true. In the opening verses of the chapter from which the text is taken we are told of those who made idols, the work of their own hands, and worshiped them. Spiritually this is the setting up of human intelligence, attributing power to man, whereas the Lord alone has power. All history – the history of nations and of individuals – is but the fulfillment of the Word. The blessings of the Word are bestowed upon those who learn and keep its precepts, for the Lord’s power is in these. And its curses fall upon those who turn to themselves for guidance.

We read, “Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength,” and again, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”

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“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation.” – Psalm 25:5

Readings

Isaiah 31 · Mark 12:1-18 · Psalm 25

Sermon

Of all God’s creatures on earth man alone is interested in truth. Other creatures live their day, impelled by their animal instincts, reacting mechanically upon their environment. But from the dawn of history man has pondered upon and tried to understand this marvelous universe in which he finds himself placed, and his own relation to it.

Man’s knowledge of the universe grew slowly from age to age, but in recent generations it has grown by leaps and bounds. The results of scientific research on the material plane have been so extensive and so positive that the claim is made that through it can be found the answers to all our problems. Sometimes it oversteps its boundaries and speculates about things which are above the material plane – with disastrous results. Theology is one of these realms. Natural science knows nothing of God, of the sanctity of the Word, of redemption, of faith, of free will, of repentance, of the remission of sins, of heaven and hell, of the state of man after death, of salvation and eternal life, or of baptism and the Holy Supper.

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“The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men,” by Louis A. Dole

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“The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
“From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.” – Psalm 33:13-14

Readings

Joshua 1 · Luke 12:1-21 · Psalm 33

Sermon

Another year is at hand. Life is full of changes. It is the clear intent of the Creator that there should be changes, and that with these changes we should change for the better. The Psalm from which the text is taken tells of His continual providence over mankind. It tells us that trusting in ourselves will accomplish nothing of real value to us, and that if we look to the Lord, He will bring every possible blessing upon us.

One of the ancient philosophers said that change was the fundamental feature of the universe. And as we look back upon the history of the world, we see it as a succession of changes – of new eras.

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