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The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr.

Dr. Ozzie Smith on "As the Father Has Loved Me"

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. reflects on this week's Day1 sermon: "As the Father Has Loved Me" by the Rev. Dr. James Howell.

Amen, Rev. Howell!  Thanks for continuing to echo the power of the the true-vine!  This message reminded me of how my grandfather enjoyed baseball--radio only.  Although there were several TVs in his home, he preferred to hear baseball from a radio perched in a bedroom window.  There in his backyard, he must have imagined being at the game. 

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Ann Claypool Beard, LCSW

Philip: The Careful Realist

John 1:43-51

2nd Sunday after Epiphany - Year B

January 18, 2009

Ann Claypool Beard, LCSW (TEC)

Philip was the first person to whom Jesus extended his famous invitation, offering him the most basic form of salvation when he said, "Follow me." It was soon after Jesus met Philip that he made this simple though life-changing proposal: "Come join me. Share the rest of your journey with me," and Philip did just that. Such immediate acceptance of a life-altering offer seems out of character for Philip, because later passages in the gospels show him to be a cautious and deliberate man who was typically slow to make decisions. This essential invitation to the Christian life is worth examining more closely, and the first thing I notice is that Jesus does not call us and then send us out into the world to rely on only our own resources. It is most reassuring to realize that the Christian life is not a solitary journey, because Jesus asks us to follow in companionship with him.

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