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"That is not the definition of being a Christian"

Do you like short sermons? Last Sunday, we heard a variation on Jesus' first sermon:  
"The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."
The whole gospel message is contained in those two lines.
If you were to read through all four gospels and make a list by topic of all the things that Jesus talked about, you'd find that the "Kingdom of God" was one of the topics, if not THE topic he talked about more than anything else.
Many of his parables begin with "the kingdom of God is like this..."
And remember, Jesus taught us to pray, "thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."  
So: What did Jesus mean by "the Kingdom of God?" Well, as someone has said,
"The Kingdom of God is not a place, but a web of relationships. Anyone who "accepts the life-vision that Jesus gave to us, and whose lives are based on that vision, belongs to the Kingdom of God. It do…

You cannot out-give God...

In last Sunday's sermon, I was trying to make a point that we, as human beings, are never really independent, but are rather hard-wired to be dependent.  
At the most basic level, we're dependent on the process called photosynthesis -- each time we breathe, we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. And therefore you and I are completely dependent on the fact that plants basically reverse the process, "inhaling" our carbon dioxide and producing or "exhaling" the oxygen we need.   
And think about the food you ate today: Unless you are yourself a farmer or a prolific gardener, you are dependent for your survival on farmers to grow that food, producers to produce it, and on truckers and highway infrastructure systems to have gotten it to the stores where you bought it. 
Whether we like it or not, we are dependent.   
And, as people created in the image of God -- who is one Being while also a relationship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- we are al…