From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Daniel – Summer 2008

Here’s the ad for this summer’s series on Daniel – in Word format:

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2 responses

  1. I’m still sorting out the 8 sermons for this summer, but we’ll be starting on June 1. As the readings for each Sunday will be somewhat lengthy (Daniel 1 on June 1) I’m planning on only one scripture reading for each Sunday.

    Early thoughts: Daniel is about the challenges to, and God’s provision for, a faithful Jew living in Babylon. Does this really relate to us? Do we Christians live as though we’re in exile, strangers in a strange land (I always think of Leon Russell when I hear that phrase) – or have we settled into Babylon? Especially for us white middle class Christians, how are we different from the pagan world around us? Daniel found a way to “get along” in Babylon, but there were a few things on which he would not compromise, and that got him in trouble. Do we even think that our faith would get us into trouble? Or do we see it as a way to stay out of trouble?

    May 12, 2008 at 1:08 pm

  2. I often feel that the United States is like living in foreign land. So many of today’s social changes in our culture are very troubling and do not line up with God’s Word, which is our God given guide on how we are to live our lives as Christians. When I read Daniel it struck me that God is in charge, and his plan for mankind is perfect and unfolding.

    Daniel has helped me accept the fact that God is in charge, and we have no need to worry about anything, as long as we are faithful to Him. We must place our trust in His Wisdom, not mans.

    May 30, 2008 at 9:34 am

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