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Sermon: Holy Cross Day 2014

The Rev. Dr. William A. Heisley

Lessons: Numbers 21:4b-9; Psalm 98; 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; John 3:13-17

“Keep your chin up.”  That might be a good slogan for today.  Holy Cross Day.  Keep your chin up, keep your head up, keep your eyes up.  Might be good to think along these lines today, just like an athlete, always with her eyes on the goal.  When you keep your chin up you’re not able to look at your navel.  You’re not able to become so self-centered that you miss what’s going on around you, going on in the world.  You’re able to see, and to see the widest view possible. And you’re able to see truth.

Moses and Israel were wondering through their lives, looking for life.  Looking down at the land.  Looking for a land flowing with milk and honey and all good things. And they weren’t finding it.  Only hunger and thirst and then, to top it off, snakes.  So Moses consulted with God.  “What do I do now? These people are making me nuts!”  And God told him to be absurd. (more…)