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Sermons from 2016

March

How can you find joy when sorrow grips your heart? How do you rejoice when life is relentless in throwing grief-inducing trials your way? If you’ll look for a moment at our passage in 1 Peter chapter 1, you will see that that is precisely what Peter says the Christians of Asia Minor were doing in verse 6. Do you see that in verse 6? “In this you...

Sermon on Mar 23, 2016

Behold, A Throne

Revelation is probably the most neglected New Testament book, I suspect for at least two reasons. First, it is frankly complex and mysterious, isn’t it, full of strange metaphors, bizarre beasts; symbolic numbers laden with rich allusions to the Old Testament and to its imagery. And quite often as a result to the casual reader in 2016, let’s be honest, it can be very difficult to understand. We...

God Reigns

Sermon on Mar 20, 2016

Exodus 20:1-17

A tectonic shift has taken place in our culture when it comes to answering the identity question, “Who am I?” a vital question. For most of our history the way we answered that question had to do with a complex of issues - things like gender, culture, ethnicity, economics, education, employment, upbringing and religion. They all helped us locate ourselves in our world and understand who we are...

How to Live in the Last Days

 Back in 1998, I had the opportunity to visit “Celebration” in Disney. This is a town that Disney bought a number of years ago and attempted to turn it into something of the perfect community. Every lawn was cut to a certain length, all the mailboxes were at a certain height, there were strict building codes and covenant codes to live in Celebration. One observer when it was...

God Reigns

Sermon on Mar 13, 2016

Exodus 20:1-17

I am not a fan of the theology of Pope John Paul II nor am I given really to quoting him, but he was right when he said that ours can justly be called “a culture of death.” Let me give you just a couple of examples to justify that statement, the first from the realm of entertainment. Film critic, Vincent Canby, writing for The New York Times back in...

Sermon on Mar 7, 2016

2 Corinthians 5:14-21

My son, Danny, came home from his baseball team and he said, “Dad, it was really weird.” He was in sixth grade. He said, “The coach made us all bow to the ground. It was like we were worshiping the ground. You know, we all line up and we bow to the coach,” and that’s like a handshake in Japan, “but then Dad, it’s so weird, we turn...

Sermon on Mar 6, 2016

Isaiah 25:6-9

I was on the second floor of our house in Chiba, Japan, right outside Tokyo, and I heard this great big commotion downstairs. The kids were fighting and screaming and I ran downstairs, angry because I was interrupted from my work, and my son, Danny, he was fifteen years old - he’s now a church planter in Atlanta - had my daughter, Sarah Beth, who was eight who...

February

Sermon on Feb 28, 2016

Mark 5:1-20

What a passage! And when we come to a passage like this, the temptation for us is to really get taken up in the fact that this man is demon possessed and to really focus on that. And sure, we’ve got things, as we’re going to see, that we can learn from this man, but the focus of this passage is not the demon possessed man; the focus...

How to Live in the Last Days

It became known later as New England’s “Dark Day,” and it appears that on May 19, 1780, a forest fire, a thick fog, and an unusual cloud cover converged over most of New England to create a darkness that began right after sun-up and continued the whole day. The house of representatives was meeting in Hartford, Connecticut, and many of the representatives began glancing out the windows because...

God Reigns

Sermon on Feb 21, 2016

Exodus 20:1-17

Now if you would please take a copy of the Scriptures and turn with me once again to the book of Exodus, chapter 20, as we continue to examine the teaching of the Ten Commandments together. We have looked at the first four commandments and we looked at the Sabbath command last Lord’s Day, which brings us to the fifth commandment and the beginning of what’s...

How to Live in the Last Days

As you’re being seated, please turn in your Bibles to 1 Thessalonians chapter 4, and that’s found on page 987 in our pew Bibles; 987. We’ll be studying verses 13 to 18 this evening. Before we hear God’s Word, let us go to Him in prayer.

Father, we’re just sung about the King of Glory and here in the land of the...

God Reigns

Sermon on Feb 14, 2016

Exodus 20:1-17

Now please take a copy of the Scriptures in your hands. You’ll find copies of our church Bibles in the pockets in the pews in front of you. Turn with me to the book of Exodus. We’ve been working our way through Exodus and we’ve slowed down as we’ve come to Exodus chapter 20 to the Ten Commandments so that we can work our way through...

How to Live in the Last Days

As you’re being seated, please turn in your Bibles to Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians; 1 Thessalonians chapter 4, and we’ll be studying verses 9 through 12 this evening. You’ll find that on page 987 if you’re using a pew Bible. 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12. Before I read that passage, let’s go to the Lord in prayer.

Father, truer words were never...

Sermon on Feb 7, 2016

Matthew 24:14

I invite you to take your Bible and turn with me to Matthew, chapter 24. It’s on page 829 in your pew Bible if you’re using it. We’re in this chapter because this chapter contains the theme verse for our rapidly approaching Mission Conference, the theme of which is, “Finish the Mission.” Before we read that verse and begin thinking about what’s coming, let’s go to...

How to Live in the Last Days

Sermon on Feb 1, 2016

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

As you’re being seated, please turn with me in your Bibles to Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. We’ll be studying chapter 4, verses 1 through 8, of 1 Thessalonians this evening, and that’s found on page 987 if you’re using a pew Bible. Before we read this together, let’s pray and ask the Lord’s blessing.

Our great God, Father, Son, and...

January

Sermon on Jan 31, 2016

John 17:1-9

Thank you very much, David. I always feel so much love and gratitude to be back in this wonderful congregation. My wife and I and five children spent some of our best years here and we brought up the children in worship here three times a week and then at Presbyterian Day School and what a benefit and a blessing it has been in their lives...

How to Live in the Last Days

As you’re being seated, please turn in your Bibles to Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, 1 Thessalonians chapter 3, and we’ll be studying verses 6 through 13 this evening; that’s found on page 987 if you’re using a pew Bible. Before we listen to God’s Word, let us pray and ask His blessing on it.

Our Father in heaven, we would...

God Reigns

Sermon on Jan 24, 2016

Exodus 20:1-17

Now please take a copy of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me to the book of Exodus, chapter 20; Exodus chapter 20. Page 61 in the church Bibles. We continue this morning our ongoing expositions in the Ten Commandments, thinking today about the third commandment which you will find in verse 7, though we’ll read all ten commandments together. Before we do that...

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