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Summary: There is much about life that is complicated but when it comes to living our faith, we do it best when we keep the basics simple.

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Title: Keep It Simple

Text: II Timothy 2:8-15

Thesis: There is much about life that is complicated but when it comes to living our faith, we do it best when we keep it simple.

Introduction

They say that the memory is the first thing to go…

Two elderly gentlemen were sitting together on a park bench – not the two guys in the Volkswagen Commercial where one guy slugs the other every time a “red-one” or a “black-on” passes by. One of the gentlemen said to the other, “You know, I can’t remember things like I used to… I know I’ve known you all my life but I can’t for the life of me, remember your name. What is your name?”

The other gentleman thought for a moment and asked, “Can I get back to you on that?”

Though memories can be troubling and we may speak of having to “cope” with the past, memory is a wonderful thing and we enjoy reminiscing from time to time.

Sometimes remembering is about:

• Recall or recollection as in “I remember the time…”

• Recapturing an experience as in reliving an experience in your mind…

• Remembering as in remembering to express appreciation for a kindness.

• Remembering can mean remembering to pray for someone.

• Remembering can mean remembering to recognize someone’s achievements or to celebrate their birthday

Our text today begins with the word “remember.”

I. Remember Christ is risen

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descendant of David. This is my gospel , for which I am suffering…” II Timothy 2:8-10

We are encouraged to remember two things:

A. Remember Jesus Christ is risen and alive forevermore, i.e., remember Jesus is diety.

B. Remember Jesus Christ is descended from David, i.e., remember Jesus was human.

Paul wrote in Romans 1:3-4 of Jesus Christ, “Who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, who through the power of the Spirit was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead.”

When I was in high school I was always hustling ways to make a few bucks. Depending on the season I delivered groceries for a local grocer after school and on Saturdays. For a time I worked for Rudy Pestotnik, who was the owner of The Lincoln Grill, which was the place to eat in our little town. Rudy was quite the Rudy and ran a tight ship. He often catered dinners in the evenings in his second floor banquet room above the grill… he liked to do it up nicely so he hired me and another kid in town to dress up in black slacks, wear white shirts and black ties and with a towel draped over our arms, sent us forth to be waiters.

Rudy was a crotchety old curmudgeon, but unbeknown to most of us, he had donated substantial ly in the creation of the Ogden Community Scholarship Fund that was started in 1964. He was determined that every kid who wanted to go to college would receive financial assistance.

I recently received a letter from the Ogden Community Scholarship Foundation asking OHS alumni to contribute to the scholarship fund. And I thought of Rudy.


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