Sermons by Manny Garcia

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Who’s Your Neighbor? – When You Disagree


How many of us have conflicts with someone else- and how many of us pray for that person? We have individuals with whom we are competitive, or whom we dislike or have a quarrel with; but very few of us have true enemies in the martial sense. And yet if Lincoln could pray fervently- and contemporary reports indicate he did- for the people who were opposing him, how much more can we do for someone we just find a little irritating?
― John Wooden

Who’s Your Neighbor? – At Work


“If we are looking for insurance against want and oppression, we will find it only in our neighbors’ prosperity and goodwill and, beyond that, in the good health of our worldly places, our homelands. If we were sincerely looking for a place of safety, for real security and success, then we would begin to turn to our communities. – Wendell Barry

Who’s Your Neighbor? – Next Door


The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Good and Beautiful God: God Transforms


2 Corinthians 5:17-19 New International Version (NIV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

The Good and Beautiful God – God is Good


“Jesus clearly abolished the notion that we ‘get what we deserve.’ According to Jesus, God is not in the business of balancing some eternal checkbook . . . we cannot look around the world we live in and build a case that sinners are punished and righteous people are blessed.” – James Bryan Smith