Harry Potter meets Jesus Sermon Podcast 3 - Dealing with Dementors and a woman named Dolores Umbridge
Series: Harry Potter meets Jesus
May 26, 2019
One of the reasons Harry Potter is a world-wide phenomena is that beneath the magic and fantasy it touches strangely familiar experiences in our own lives – including what it feels like to be tormented by other people and what it feels like to be tormented by our own thoughts. Today we look at how the creations of the Harry Potter story known as Dementors and Delores Umbridge paint the reality of experiences in the real world. We then go to the wisdom of the scriptures to learn how to live in a world where dark emotions and dark souls can oppress us. There actually is such a thing as a Patronus – one who guides and protects us and covers us and keeps the dementors of this world at bay. During this sermon, our own Emily McGlaughlin painted alongside Pastor Langdon, telling the same story visually. You can see her painting above
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
GUARDING OUR MINDS FROM THE WAYS OF DOLORES UMBRIDGE
“We all have dark and light within us. What matters is the part we choose to act on…”
– Serius Black
Isaiah 5:20-21 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness… 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
“The ends never justify the means because IT never ends.” – Martha Gellhorn
“The end cannot justify the means, for the simple and obvious reason that the means employed determine the nature of the ends produced.” – Aldous Huxley
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, – Ephesians 6:12-13
GUARDING OUR HEARTS FROM THE DRAIN OF DEMENTOR EMOTIONS
“My soul is in anguish. How long, O LORD, how long? Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love… I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow…” – Psalm 6
“With much wisdom comes much sorrow…” – Ecclesiastes 1:18
“When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less.” — C.S. Lewis
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy– think about such things.
9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me– put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:8-9
+MEMORY VERSE: Philippians 4:8 bolded above
CHALLENGE QUESTION: When faced with evil people without or torments within, what steps can you take to make the peace of God your shield ?
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