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13 July 2014

Sermon: Proper 10A (OT)

13 July AD 2014
Pentecost 5

Title: Purposeful Precipitation (MP3 Audio)

Isaiah 55:10-13 Summary: Without God’s presence, we are dry, lifeless, empty deserts. We cannot do any good for others, nor can we aid ourselves. We become truly alive only when God comes in mercy, forgiving, refreshing, and renewing us, just as soft rains and gentle snows bring fresh growth from barren ground.

Christ, poured out His blood to cover over, pay for, forgive, and remove our sins. Through the Word, God pours out Christ Himself upon us, the refreshing, living water from heaven.

Text: “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” Isaiah 55:10-13

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Purposeful Precipitation.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 65:(1-8) 9-13; Romans 8:12-17; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

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