Read attached Sermon as a preacher

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Read attached Sermon as a preacher 
This is part of a story book CD I'm making to give out to friends and family for Christmas.

I'm going to try to attach an mp3 that was done very well but the person does not have pro recording equipment and there is just too much background noise for me to use it. It's a shame. He did a great job :(
2009-09-23 20:47:38 GMT
2009-09-27 19:00:00 (GMT -06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) 
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The Voice Actor should be located in:
Student or Non-for-profit student project - USD 50 to USD 75
about 3 pages
English - ANY
Preacher MAN
Middle Age Male OR Senior Male
• Audio files must be delivered via email
There are no special pre-, post-, or production requirements for this project.
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This is a non-union project

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God bless our choir, with their voices of praise and their song, Simple Gifts, for drawing our hearts and minds to today’s message from the Lord, our Heavenly Father, to whom we owe our deepest love and gratitude for bringing us together again this Sunday, brothers and sisters of our church family.

And “family”? We truly are. The Gospel of Mark tells the story of Jesus coming down from the mountaintop after he had appointed his twelve disciples. They walked with him to a lake near Galilee and listened as he spoke blessings to crowds and healed the sick. When the disciples told him his mother and brothers were at the edge of the circling crowd, asking to see him, Jesus replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” Pointing to the crowd of strangers around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

You are truly as much a family as the one into which you were born. Brothers and sisters, God put a weight on my heart this week to share his message about a rite of passage we – both Christians and nonbelievers – engage in every year around this season. Black Friday they call it. Rising up before the sun, clutching coupons in your hands, leaving home with hope of finding a miracle, you are much like Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary, mother of James. The Gospel of Luke says in Chapter 24, verse 2, “They went very early in the morning, but they found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb. When they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” The only early morning miracles most of you will be looking for this Friday are miraculous deals on video game systems, pre-dawn sales on jewelry, and discounts so unbelievable that only those among you who rise early will believe. It is sad that these crowds rival the size of those drawn to the teachings of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

The Lord has called me to command believers, myself included, to do one simple thing this year on Black Friday. Stay home. Sleep in. Or, if you must rise early, do so in prayer. God is telling us here today that the shadow of Black Friday casts us all in the dark, blinding us to the gifts that have already purchased for us by the blood of Jesus Christ. Like the choir’s song, Simple Gifts, says, “It’s a gift to be simple; it’s a gift to be free.” As much as your toddler may seem to crave the latest incarnation of talking, dancing Elmo or as desperately as your teenagers sitting near you today want the slick new gadget phone, what they really want is your loving kindness, love’s acceptance, and your loving attention. When arguments and stress leave your family in disharmony and discord, all that your children need from you is the gift of your forgiveness, given freely, without conditions, and powered by love.

Now, I can see some of you spiritual overachievers sitting before me – the wheels turning in your minds. Well, Brother Walt, why can’t I do both? I can forgive and be forgiven in my family. We will mend our relationships, and then I will head to the mall to buy beautiful (and steeply discounted) gifts for my kids and spouse to enjoy on Christmas morning. Ambitious? Yes. Christ-like? Sorry. No deal. Matthew Chapter 6, verse 21: “For where your treasure is, there your heart shall be also.”

So, while the hordes are seeking earthy treasure this Friday, while they are trampling each other and forgetting all about Christ’s words that we should treat each stranger as Heaven’s angel in disguise, while they are shouting arguments over coupons and inventory, racing from store to store to get to all the early-bird specials, while all that chaos is going on, you can awaken to peace, rise up, rouse your family, and awaken the dormant corridors of your heart.

Start the awakening of love and forgiveness right now, my brothers and sisters. It's never too late to begin again. Search your heart. Leave no stone (past regret, anger, argument, or resentment) unturned in your heart. Roll away each stone. Clean out the temple of the Lord, that is your heart. When he sacrificed his only son Jesus, didn’t he show us, his children, how to give the gifts of boundless love and unconditional forgiveness? Isn’t it time to give these priceless gifts to those closest to you?

This Friday, Black Friday, you can escape its spectral shadow and all the emptiness that comes from the gifts that would fill up your trunk and empty your savings. Need a place to escape to? A reason to tell your friends why you can’t meet them to line up at the mall at four in the morning? On Black Friday, tell them you’ll be with me. That’s right, brothers and sisters, tell them you’ll be fellowshipping with your church family. Join me in front of the church bright and early. At sunrise, we’ll begin with prayer and hymns, followed by witnessing to our neighbors and passersby. And, if we don’t see you Friday morning, remember to stand, awake and aware, in the light of God’s love and draw close to those for whom your love and forgiveness matters most. That’s the gift. It’s simple and it’s all they’ll ever need. 
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God bless our choir, with their voices of praise and their song, Simple Gifts, for drawing our hearts and minds to today’s message from the Lord, our Heavenly Father, to whom we owe our deepest love and gratitude for bringing us together again this Sunday, brothers and sisters of our church family. 
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