In the actual preaching he often adds a few comments and connections as inspired that are not in this text.The following sermon is a working manuscript from which Fr. Jos Tharakan, Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Russellville, AR, Preached today. In the jungles of South America in 1978 there was a massacre. Innocent people who longed to experience love and acceptance fell into the hands of a man who was misguided by power and passion. Not many escaped the wrath of evil that night. But a few who did live in guilt, while still struggling to understand all that happened and how they were spared from the brink of untimely death. They still wonder why did God spare them? What was God’s plan for them? Guilt, fear and anger still haunt them. Today that is the story of one of our own, Sheree Hodge. She was baptized by Rev. Jim Jones the cult leader who poisoned 908 in Guyana in 1978. She was spared from that tragedy and lives to share the story of grace even in the midst of the terrible tragedy that happened. God’s ways are unknown to man. God’s grace, however is available to all. Here…
I cannot lose the presence of the Lord:One arm, Humility, takes hold upon His dearHumanity; the other, Love,Clasps His Divinity. So where I go,He goes; and better fire-walled Hell with Him Be grateful to God for all the blessings in life.
Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. I am sure to find these all over. If I can be these, God is here.
The Lord promises “I will not fail or forsake you. Take courage”. If you can believe it you will find God in places you least expect.
It is God who upholds your lot. To those who make God their portion & cup life has more than they are looking for. To the rest it is empty.