In today’s sermon, Pastor Dottie talks about the eclipse of the heart. That time when life casts a deep shadow over our life to the point we’re searching for the slightest pin prick of light to give us a new direction in life, and hope.

She shares the epic life story of Kevin Cavanaugh, a commercial real estate developer whose business was thriving until the 80’s when, during the housing crash he lost everything except for one building he owned. He even lost his home. During this time he took to heart the quote: “Greed is a little bit more than enough.” The word “Enough” became a theme for his life. In his company he overcame wage disparity, gender inequality, helped homeless have shelter, and more. Listen to the full sermon for inspiration and lessons on turning your own life around and find the guiding light for your life.

Prelude: “Meditation on Veni Emmanuel” by Philip Moore
Postlude: “Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding!” by Raymond Han

Scripture Matthew 3:1-11

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven!” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said:

The voice of one shouting in the wilderness,
“Prepare the way for the Lord;
make his paths straight.”

4 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
5 People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.