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CVA Weekly Newsletter
February 13, 2013

  1. This Week’s Quote, from Rev. James Deming
  2. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. This Week’s Quote

People of faith are people who believe in a just and sustainable future and are willing to work for it.
- Rev. James Deming

Comment: Jesus said, “Not every one who says to me, “Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matt 7:21). Doing the will of God is an essential component of Christian faith. Those who are “in Christ” have been transformed; they are “new creations” (2 Cor 5:17). They don’t just have new beliefs – they have new practices. Specifically, as Jesus prayed for God’s realm “on earth as in heaven,” Christians should seek to reconcile all creation, working toward the “Peaceable Kingdom” envisioned by Isaiah (11:6-9).

Their prayers for forgiveness for falling short of the “glory of God” (Romans 3:23) will be accompanied by an earnest effort to “be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48). They will not look upon the needless torture and killing of God’s creatures and declare that it doesn’t matter. They won’t avoid videos showing what happens to those poor animals because they don’t want to know. They will work for justice today and for sustainability on behalf of those who live tomorrow.

(See the sermon below for further exploration of this topic.)  

- Steve Kaufman


2. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
People See When We're Transformed 



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