Welcome to Our New Series: The Harvest Principle“You Reap What You Sow.”

Today we begin a series with a simple but powerful principle: You Reap What You Sow. The idea is that if you plant a tomato seed, you reap tomatoes, and not cucumbers. Note that the harvest is always later, and it is greater – in other words, there is a multiplication effect of what we sow. St. Paul says in Galatians 6:7, “Make no mistake: God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows.” This works for both good and for bad – our good deeds and our sin – and it is true for everyone whether we like it or not. If we neglect to sow seeds, we eventually reap nothing. St. Paul goes on, “…because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who

Week Six of Next STEPS: Sharing Your Faith Through Evangelization

Dear brothers and sisters, This weekend concludes our multi-week series on discipleship: Sharing faith with others. How many people do you know who have left the Catholic faith for a non-denominational Christian church? Most likely, they were invited by someone. Invitations are really powerful, and can be life-changing. In Luke 15:1-7, it is clear that God cares more about the one lost sheep than the 99 others in the flock. God values and cares about the lost, and moreover, God wants us to join in the search. Imagine that you are at Dorney Park, and one of your three children gets lost in the park. You would be entirely focused on that one lost child. That is how God is, and God need

Week 5 of Next STEPS: Tithing

Dear brothers and sisters, The preaching series Next STEPS is about following Jesus – and the promise that taking one of these steps will make your life better. Remember we heard in the beginning of the series, “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:17). The step this week is no doubt the scariest for most people to take, but it also can yield the greatest fruit in our lives – Tithing or giving. The Book of the Prophet Malachi is composed around 450 BC, at a time in the history of Israel when the people had become somewhat complacent. We hear in Malachi 3:6-12: For I, the LORD, do not change, and you, sons of Jacob, do not cease to be. Since the days of your ancestors you have turned asi

Week 4 of Next STEPS: Engage (Grow Deeper) With A Small Group

Dear brothers and sisters, St. Paul and Timothy write to the community of the Thessalonians, “With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well, so dearly beloved had you become to us” (1 Thes 2:8). Of the topics in our series “Next STEPS to a new you,” this week’s topic, “Engaging in Small Groups,” may be the hardest sell for Catholics who are trained from their youth to give the bare minimum one hour per week of their time to God at Mass, and nothing more. The Biblical principle “It is not good for man to be alone” (Genesis 2:17) is leveraged in so many activities today from weight loss to AA to parenting groups, yet

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