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September 10, 2017 GOD PROVIDES BLESSINGS: CREATION John 1:1-5 Genesis 1:1-2:4a

Today we begin our year 2 journey through the Narrative Lectionary, and this year we start at the very beginning.  The word “Genesis” means beginning or origin.  The first 11 chapters are filled with stories of origin which attempt to help us understand who we are and where we live and what our circumstances are. […]

Sermon 8/27/17 THE FIVE OTHER CEREMONIES Matthew 28:16-20 I Corinthians 11:23-26

The last two Sundays we have looked at the two Sacraments which are observed in the Presbyterian Church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Today I’m going to talk about five other church practices, which are regarded as Sacraments by the Roman Catholic Church but not by Protestant denominations.  The sermon title comes from what John […]

Sermon 8/20/17 THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM Acts 2:37-42

A little boy whose family went to a Baptist Church was very intrigued one day watching a baptism by immersion in the pool take place.  As children sometimes do, he decided to try this at home.  The next day he took the three family cats into the bathroom, ran water in the tub, and began […]

Sermon 8/13/17 THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER Mark 14:12-25

For the next three weeks we will be talking about the Sacraments of the Church.  The Sacraments were one of the most divisive issues when the Protestant Reformation took place nearly 500 years ago, and they are one of the main reasons there was not just one Protestant denomination formed at that time.  Not only […]

Sermon 8/6/17 – Ephesians 6:10-20

Within the body of New Testament letters, none may be as fascinating as Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  This morning, I encourage you to resist generalizing the New Testament letters as different expressions of the same message and truth.  Instead let us spend some time exploring Paul’s circumstance and his message so that we may […]

Sermon 7/30/2017 – I WANT TO TALK ABOUT US Ephesians 4:1-16

A few years ago country singer Toby Keith came out with a song which will be running through a lot of your heads for the rest of the service after I have reminded you of it.  Most of the song is about his girl friend, with lines like these: We talk about your dreams and […]