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The Order of the Holy Cross is an Anglican Benedictine monastic community of men founded in 1884 by James Otis Sargent Huntington to provide a specifically North American expression of monasticism. Our commitment to worship and prayer has sustained our work since the 19th century. Our primary ministry is welcoming guests on individual and group retreats. Continue Community: https://www.facebook.com/holy.cross.west.park/See What We're Doing: https://www.instagram.com/holycross.westpark/Guest ...
 
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Speaker: Peter Stonecipher There are many “ingredients” which could make an ordinary meal into an extraordinary one. Excellent food, a talented or famous chef, a beautiful location, and meaningful company could all contribute to elevating an average meal to an exceptional one. It may come as a surprise that the Bible shows God is concerned that our…
 
Speaker: Jerry Cisar In a recent poll conducted by Lifeway Research and Ligoneer, 51% of Americans said they believe that Jesus was a good teacher but did not think that he was God. Almost a third of those who gave that response claimed to be Evangelical Christians. According to this poll, about a third of people claiming to be Evangelical are inde…
 
Speaker: Jerry Cisar The Economist published an article asking, “Why shouldn’t parents be treated as badly as smokers?” The author is serious. “Signs proliferate demanding no smoking, no spitting, no parking, even no walking…. The Economist would like to suggest restrictions on a source of noise pollution: children.” Why? Because just as smoking, d…
 
Speaker: Jerry Cisar Orthodoxy, often talked about by students of the faith, refers to soundness of faith, which is often boiled down to belief in the right points of truth. As important as that is, we cannot overlook the importance of orthopraxy… right practice. John, in our text today, wants us to understand that orthopraxy, sound practice of the…
 
Speaker: Jerry Cisar There are several superpower tests you can take on the internet to determine what your superpower is. This morning I took the one put out by the Des Moines Area Community College. According to them, heroes aren’t born, they’re made with internet quizzes. It turns out that my superpower is invisibility. Many such tests target an…
 
Speaker: Jerry Cisar Friday, after prayer I was looking for a place to work on my sermon and fill my stomach. I walked into a diner and from a distance I immediately recognized someone. This fellow was sitting with two people I had never met but immediately recognized as family members. In fact, I would quickly think, “brother and father” to this p…
 
Speaker: Jerry Cisar Last week we learned that we are in the last hour and must live our lives accordingly. The temptation, of course, is to think that we have plenty of time… no need to get ready now. John wants the disciples in his churches to eagerly anticipate Christ’s return. Will they be ashamed when He comes? Can they have confidence when He…
 
Speaker: Peter Stonecipher Many of us have wondered how we might spend our time if we were given a diagnosis which left us with only a few months to live. Would we travel to exotic places we’ve always dreamed of visiting? Would we methodically check items off our “bucket list”? Would we spend as much time as possible with friends and family? Would …
 
Speaker: Jerry Cisar Julia Buckley writes about one of the greatest disappointments in her life: “They’re here!” called one of our group, as everyone scrambled to put on snow boots, four extra layers and grab cameras…. Our host slammed his laptop shut, [rushing] us out of the door. ‘She is here,’ he said to us with Confucian wisdom, leading us roun…
 
Speaker: Jerry Cisar During the Kosovo war (1998-1999), commenting on the rage experienced by victims of the war who had been robbed of not only their possessions but their life’s work, a NY Times journalist asks, “Can such a deep hurt ever heal?” In response, an Albanian newspaper editor related a story to the journalist: “There was a naughty boy …
 
Speaker: Rob Mastry Some 500 or so years ago, a law school dropout and young philosopher got caught in a thunderstorm on his way back to school from a trip home to visit his family. With lightning crashing all around him, and no prospect of refuge, he trembled in fear. Nearly petrified, the philosophy student cried out in prayer. It was in that mom…
 
Speaker: Jerry Cisar Christian community (fellowship, koinonia) is predicated on forgiveness—the forgiveness of God for our sins. We are a people who have been rescued and still need rescue from sin. When John sets out to communicate the Gospel he heard from Christ, this is where he begins. Some might think that John is laying a guilt trip on us, b…
 
Speaker: Jerry Cisar When most believers answer the question, “What is the Gospel?” we default to Paul’s way of communicating it. Maybe this is because Paul’s letters are front-ended in our New Testaments, or that he wrote more than any other author wrote, or because more sermons are drawn from them. This isn’t a bad thing, though it is a good thin…
 
Speaker: Jerry Cisar Zack Eswine offers the following illustration. “You hear a crash in the living room. It is a vase. It might have been a vase you loved. You have four children. After you hear the crash, the shouts magnify. “Mom! Dad!” Four different voices run your way to tell you, “I didn’t do it. No. He did it. She hit me!” So there you are, …
 
Speaker: Jerry Cisar Morgan Lee, Miss Goth Massachusetts, when asked how she would describe Goth, responded: “It’s really a style and a way of thinking. Basically, you’re miserable all the time. We just see the darker side that other people tend to ignore.” The Preacher in Ecclesiastes also sees the darker side of life, but his conclusion is quite …
 
Speaker: Jerry Cisar Leadership talk has been all the craze for at least the last 3 decades. However, leadership by itself is not a good thing. Great leaders with their followers have accomplished great things and great leaders with their followers have committed many atrocities. There is something in the heart of man that loves what makes a great …
 
Speaker: Peter Stonecipher In some comments on Psalm 42 (especially verses 5 and 11), Pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones says, “Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?…The main art in the matter of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself. You hav…
 
Speaker: Jerry Cisar Karl Malden, playing Reverend Ford in Pollyanna, preaches a memorable sermon. Pollyanna is a perennial optimist.; always sunny and positive. Attending her grandmother’s church for the first time, the preacher emerges from a door to ascend a steep set of steps to one of those old-fashioned pulpits which towers over the congregat…
 
Speaker: Jerry Cisar MLK Jr. captured the heart of the problem expressed by another preacher in Ecclesiastes 8. “Evil may so shape events that Caesar will occupy a palace and Christ a cross, but that same Christ arose and split history into A.D. and B.C., so that even the life of Caesar must be dated by his name. Yes, ‘the arc of the moral universe…
 
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