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The Power of God’s Word

On 5 March, the first Sunday of Lent, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7Psalm 32, Matthew 4:1-11.

For some of you listening, Queen Elizabeth II is your head of state. Some of you may have another monarch who rules over you. For others, the idea of a royal family is fascinating even though you don’t have one yourselves. For some in the UK the wish is to be free of a royal family, seeing it as an expensive luxury which serves no useful purpose. Whatever your point of view or country’s political structures, I think you will be able to appreciate that when Queen Elizabeth greets someone from another country at Buckingham Palace or when she goes to visit another country, she is representing not herself but her country, or the Commonwealth in general.

A sovereign or head of state represents their nation and that was certainly the case in Old Testament and New Testament times. Jesus is the descendant of David and was born ‘king of the Jews’ as the wise men said to Herod. As King he represented Israel and in so doing he was able to rectify what Israel had got wrong. God had wanted Israel to be blessed in order to be a blessing to other nations, to be a light to those walking in darkness. In Jesus God’s calling to Israel was finally to be realised. Continue reading


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Temptations

On 14 February, the First Sunday of Lent, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 91:1-11, Romans 10:8b-13, Luke 4:1-13.

I’m sure you’ve come across the saying: ‘Less is more’. The idea is that it’s not necessary to overdo something to make a point. If something is done subtly it is often the best way.

The devil is the master of subtlety. He’s been practising since the first people were around, according to the account in Genesis 3: Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” What God had actually said was: “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” As you probably know, this introduction led Eve to be persuaded that God was denying her something good in saying she could not eat from just the one tree. The rest, as they say, is history. Continue reading