Sermon Archive (Page 2)

The Burden of Shame

Psalm 23:5 5 You prepare a table before me    in the presence of my enemies.You anoint my head with oil;    my cup overflows. Dear Friends in Christ, I’d like to begin this morning by asking all of you to think back to a time in your life when you did something so bad, so sinful, so shameful that you weren’t…

The Burden of Loneliness

Psalm 23:4 4 Even though I walk     through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,     for you are with me; your rod and your staff,     they comfort me. Dear Friends in Christ, I came across a story recently about a fellow named Steve who worked at a pharmacy while attending the University of Texas in…

God is Gathering People

Isaiah 56:1 Salvation for Others 56 This is what the Lord says: “Maintain justice     and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand     and my righteousness will soon be revealed.   Isaiah 56:6-8 6 And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord     to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,     and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without…

From Panic to Peace

Psalm 23:4 4 Even though I walk     through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,     for you are with me; your rod and your staff,     they comfort me. Dear Friends in Christ, May I ask you a personal question?  What are you afraid of?  Do you have any fears or phobias that cause you a…

The Journey of Grief

Psalm 23:4 4 Even though I walk     through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,     for you are with me; your rod and your staff,     they comfort me. Dear Friends in Christ,    He was a member of one of my former congregations.  Married with 4 children, all of whom were girls.  He was a…

Walking Through the Valley

Psalm 23:4 4 Even though I walk     through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,     for you are with me; your rod and your staff,     they comfort me. Dear Friends in Christ, If our group was smaller this morning and you had time to think about it, you know what I’d like to do?  I’d…

Travel Lightly

Matthew 10:5-15 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you…

Getting Over Ourselves

Psalm 23:3c 3c        for his name’s sake. Dear Friends in Christ, What do you think is the one thing that irritates God more than anything else?  What is the one thing you and I could do that would get under his skin more than anything?  Before I that answer that question for you, let me…

It’s PARTY TIME!

Psalm 23:3 3     he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths     for his name’s sake. Dear Friends in Christ, I hope that none of you ever make the same mistake that Marilyn and I made the first year we were married.  We were living in Fort Wayne, IN at the time and were invited…

Hope for the Hopeless

Psalm 23:3 3     he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths     for his name’s sake. Dear Friends in Christ, Have you noticed the incredible number of reality shows on TV these days?  When they started out years ago you had shows like “Big Brother,” “Joe Millionaire,” and “Fear Factor.”  Then came “The Bachelor” and…