Some of the more recent sermons of Thomas Reeves, the pastor of The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Roanoke, Va.www.churchofpeterpaul.org/ Fr. Tom is the author of "Was Jesus an Evangelical: Some Thoughts about the American Church and the Kingdom of God" released by eLectio Publishing (a small traditional publisher) in September 2017. He is also the author of "The Creedo-life Blogspot".credo-life.blogspot.com/
There is a lot of confusion among American Christians regarding the kind of "awards" awaiting us someday in heaven. Some preachers even teach getting rewards (like material possesions or riches) as a motivation for Christian behavior. Is this what Jesus is talking about when he teaches the importance of "laying up treasure in heaven"?
Theme: The right attitude desires the right kind of treasure
Theme: The Resurrection is the answer to Fear
But what if we weren’t afraid? What if we had nothing to lose because we had nothing to fear? What if we knew that everything had already been bought and paid for, that we were free to be creative, loving, and risky with our generosity and true love toward others because we knew all our needs would be met?
What if we knew that any pain that we faced was temporary and could be handled with joy and hope, so we had nothing truly to fear? What if the future world to which we were traveling was so divine, that the suffering, trials, mistakes, sin, guilt, and stupidity of our lives would someday be lost to our memories because they would be engulfed by the joy and true peace of the lives we would be living in harmony with others? What would a life like this look like?
From our Old Testament Reading today:
Is. 65:17 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.