Sermon Text: Psalm 90

Advent Scripture Reading: Luke 21:27-28 and 2 Peter 3:13-14


"He added that he had gotten through his presidency only with the help of prayer. “I’ve prayed a lot throughout my life. Abraham Lincoln once said that he could never have fulfilled his duties as president for even fifteen minutes without God’s help. I felt the same way.” — Peggy Noonan, When Character Was King

“In an era when the ability to capture a still life or one in motion is in your pocket at all times, people have a tendency to do so with a different approach. They put themselves in the foreground of existence, which inevitably means putting life behind them. It requires you to look away from the thing you wish to capture in order to put your face in the shot, and to do so over and over and over again…When your primary daily subject is yourself, failure to capture you at your best is more significant.” — Ben Domenech, “Meaning in the Age of Selfie Sticks”, The Federalist

“Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” — Steve Jobs, Stanford University Commencement Speech 2005

80% of Millennials check their phones the first thing in the morning. (USA TODAY)

“We wish to live inside the safety of the laws. We fear to choose. Jesus insists on choice. The one thing he condemns utterly is avoiding the choice. To choose is to commit yourself. And to commit yourself is to run the risk, is to run the risk of failure, the risk of sin, the risk of betrayal. But Jesus can deal with all of those. Forgiveness he never denies us. The man who makes a mistake can repent. But the man who hesitates, who does nothing, who buries his talent in the earth, with him he can do nothing.” — Father Quintana, To the Wonder


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Jesus Paid It All

Amazing Grace

In Christ Alone

Man of Sorrows