Does God Have a Home?Pastor Alisa Lasater Wailoo, March 19, 2017
Part of the God's Dwelling Place series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
So the story goes... St. Patrick was kidnapped into slavery from his home in England at the age of 16. After years of slavery in Ireland he escaped, returned to his homeland, and became a priest. But one night, God woke him with a dream, encouraging him to go back to his captors - to the strange land Ireland - and take the Good News of Jesus Christ there. Until St. Patrick, Christianity had not spread past the Roman Empire, but God asked St. Patrick to leave his home and return to the place he was enslaved to help set THEM free with the grace that comes from God in Jesus.
Ask yourself who God is asking you to forgive? Where in your life or history is God asking you to extend God’s grace? For when God’s heart becomes our home, it’s not luck but a love that knows no boundaries that takes us to the strange land of healing and reconciliation.
As we explore “Does God Have Home?” in this sermon through 1 Kings 8 and Luke 2:41-52, passages about the Temple dedication, the extravagant number of sacrifices, and Jesus making the Temple a priority, ask yourself why you take time to come to a "temple” and worship God? And take a moment to define “extravagance” from God’s perspective.
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