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You Are The Beloved

How many of you have heard the name “Mister Rogers”?
Now, how many of you are aware that Fred Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister? 
It is true. Fred Rogers graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1963 and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church. Rogers was a person defined by his Christian faith, and the message that he taught every day on his beloved children’s show was shaped by that same faith.
Rogers said over and over again: “You’ve made this day a special day by just your being you. There is no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.” “I think everybody longs to be loved, and longs to know that he or she is lovable,” he said in the 2003 documentary, America’s Favorite Neighbor.
Rogers said in a 2001 commencement address at Middlebury College: “When we look for what’s best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does; so in appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something truly sacred.”[1] Whe…
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Signs of a Seeker

Mary Farwell writes: “I was listening to my 5-year-old son, Matthew, as he worked on his ‘Speak and Spell’ computer. He was concentrating intensely, typing words for the computer to say back to him.
“Matthew punched in the word ‘God.’ To his surprise, the computer said, ‘Word not found.’
“He tried again with the same reply. With great disgust, he stared at the computer and told it in no uncertain terms, ‘Jesus is not going to like this!’”
I think we can, from our human perspective, identify at least 3 types of people. There are those who have found a relationship with God and are seeking to know him better. There are those who are seeking God but have not yet found a relationship with him. And there are those who, like the “Speak and Spell” computer, live their lives without any reference to God whatsoever.
Today I would like to look with you at some of the signs of a seeker that we find in the account of the Magi who sought the newborn Christ child. Listen for God’s word to you from Matt…

What Child Is This?

Most parents, at some time or another, have had the experience of thinking they have lost their child. It happened to us when our children were small. We were in the Disney Store at the mall. As we got ready to leave the store, we suddenly realized our middle son, Jon, was not with us. He was probably 5 years old or younger at the time. We looked all around the store. He was nowhere to be found. Then we stepped outside the store and looked in every direction. Finally, we saw him, one store down, standing with a security guard. What relief!
Well, I think almost every parent can identify. And the story we are going to read today from the Gospel of Luke is a story about two parents losing their son and finding him again. But the story is also about so much more. Listen for God’s word to you from Luke 2:41-52…
41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover.42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival.43 When the festival was e…