“What Are You Afraid Of?”

Delivered by Ruling Elder James Parks, August 13, 2017

Psalm 22: 1-5, 19-26; Matthew 14:22-33

In the movie “Monsters Inc.” the fictional city of Monstropolis is literally fueled by the screams of frightened human children. Ironically, the monsters who are best at scaring the children are terrified of them. It is common knowledge in Monstropolis that human children are “poisonous.” Their very presence threatens to contaminate the purity of the city that the monsters have worked so tirelessly to maintain.

It is not until someone inadvertently brings an actual human child into their world that the story of these dreaded others begins to unravel. As it does, the fear-based economy of Monstropolis is revealed to be unstable. Continue reading

“In God We Trust” 

Psalm 14                   7.2.17

From the beginning, our nation has at least given an official nod to God, acknowledging that there is a divine being greater than us.  The men who signed the declaration of independence 241 years ago on Tuesday affixed their names to the document which concluded:  “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

They committed to working together for an independent nation, trusting in the protection of Divine Providence—understanding that God was present and active as they began their new life as a free nation.  Continue reading