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The 250 Dollar Recipe

The 250 Dollar Recipe

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The 250 Dollar Recipe
The Rev. Joseph WinstonNovember 22, 2009
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“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, whatyou will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you willwear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
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Look atthe birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet yourheavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
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And can anyof you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?
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And why do youworry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neithertoil nor spin,
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yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed likeone of these.
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But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive todayand tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith?
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Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What willwe drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’
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For it is the Gentiles who strive for all thesethings; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
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But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these thingswill be given to you as well.”1
 
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Grace and peace are gifts for you from God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Have you been so impressed by a meal that you wished to repeat it once againat home? Have you craved something on the menu so much that you would dowhatever it takes to have it one more time? Have you eaten something so lovelythat you just had to have the recipe?Apparently, these feelings of want for good food are quite common. As if toprove this point, a few years ago, there was an email going around that started off something like this.My daughter and I had been out all day shopping and it was time to get some-thing to eat. I had always heard good things about the food at the Neiman-MarcusCaf ´e so we decided to stop there for lunch. We both purchased salads, which weabsolutely loved. The holiday spirit in the air made us want something extra, alittle dessert to finish off the day. The smell of freshly baked cookies in the caf ´esealed the deal for us. We both ordered one “Neiman-Marcus Cookie.” They weredivine. They were warm and full of chocolate.When it came time to pay, I asked the waitress if I could have the recipe for thecookies. She said, “I am afraid not.” With all the Christmass parties just a few daysaway, I needed the recipe. I knew that all my friends would absolutely adore thesecookies. I wanted to make them for everyone. “Well,” I asked, “Could I purchasethe recipe then?”
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Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians1:2, 2 Thessalonians 1:2, Philemon 1:3.
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Immediately, she said, “Yes.” When I asked how much, the waitress quicklyresponded with, “Two-fifty. It is a great deal for a terrific cookie.” I told her to addit to my bill and I thought nothing more about the cost. I only wanted to go home,rest a bit, and then fire up the oven and bake these cookie.It might not be that you go to the store in Dallas. It is even possible that youdo not life shopping at all. Despite these potential differences between you andthe narrator of the story, you share something in common with the author. Thisis exactly how you lead your life. You get up in the morning. You do what isrequired. You take care of your needs. Finally, when you complete all your work,you crawl into bed hoping to get the rest you need for tomorrow.Today’s Gospel lesson challenges the way that you live. This assault on theProtestant work ethic begins right away. Jesus says to all of us,
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Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat orwhat you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. (NRSVMatthew 6:25a)This sentence from Jesus strike very close to home. You certainly have caresthat you must face every day. Life is not easy. It never has been. There are bills topay and work to do. Throw in all the different complications of modern existenceand you soon do not have any time for yourself. There are trips to see the doctors,hours of thankless work needed to clean up the house for the holidays, and all thebakingforfriendsandfamilythatisrequiredduringthistimeoftheyear.Themoreyou look at your hectic schedule, the worse it gets. Children and grandchildren
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All the uses of you (
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