Plymouth Congregational Church

God for All

Faithing Away the Impossible (part 1)

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Have you ever listened to a song, watched a movie, read a book and thought, “This person is talking to me?” 9 out of 10 sermons (given by Pastor Bill) bring me to this singular place where the room is empty and God’s words are coming from this humanly body and are meant just for me. It is the halo effect. Add in the sweet scent of Lilly of the Valley that filled the church from pew to alter, on this particular Sunday, and it was majestic.

 Pastor Bill, “I want to start this with a few statements about the movement of Christianity:

  1. French philosopher, Voltaire, said The Bible and Christianity would pass within a hundred years. He died in 1778.

    The MOVEMENT continues

  2. Friedrich Nietzsche said, “God is dead!” The dawn of science, he believed, would be the doom of faith. Science has dawned;

    The MOVEMENT continues

  3. The way a Communist dictionary defined the Bible, “It is a collection of fantastic legends without any scientific support.” Communism is diminishing;

    The MOVEMENT continues


The Verdict…
After two millenniums, Herod was RIGHT!
There is room for only one King.

Hold the phone… Herod was talking about himself, not Jesus. I don’t get it.

So much of what we do is based on our opinions. It is how informed we are when exercising our opinions that will make a difference between being knowledgeable and rash.

Consider it this way, if you read nothing but positive things about Herod, from one source that believed in Harod’s proclamation, than you would believe Herod is to be the King.

If you read about Herod from other’s perspectives (i.e. the Bible) you would understand that in truth he was not a very nice person which would form the question (or should), “who would want to follow him?”

The point of the verdict is to say that Herod knew he was never destined to be the King. (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:3-8, Psalm 33:11) We, as spectators, from two-millennium away, would also know this fact based on the whole picture, and not a myopic perspective of only one decree.

Suffice it to say, the sum of the argument supports Herod’s claim that there is room for only one King; just that the King is not Herod.

That is why he was so envious.


Herod put his faith in man. He asked men to do his bidding forgoing the faith that should have been given to the true, and acknowledged, King, thus forming his own impossible task.

And if we are to bring in other facets of history we can dully note that those who have given their faith to themselves with the delegation of duties to mere mortals, they lead with faithless impossibility. When I write this I think most notably of Hitler, the genocide in South Africa, and those who lost their lives in Waco, Texas.

The common thread…
These leaders all thought they were Herod
and forgot the lesson Herod learned…

There can only be one King 
and that is God.

Pastor Bill, “The discovery made by every person who has tried to bury the faith; the same as the one made by those who tried to bury its Founder: He won’t stay in the tomb.”


Author: bkbites

Stay at home Mom of 3 boys, 1 goofy dog, 2 wickedly crazy cats, and a traveling husband. Ah, what can be better? It's a full life without a doubt.

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