Sermon Archive (Page 21)

Receive Justification

Luke 18:9-14 The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed:…

My Beloved Son

Mark 9:7 7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Dear Friends in Christ, I have to admit when I was a kid I wasn’t perfect at everything.  As much as I wish I could say I was…

Loving Those Who Are Different

Ephesians 4:2 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Dear Friends in Christ, I’d like to begin my sermon this morning by asking you to envision something that I’m sure we’ve all experienced plenty of times.  I want you to imagine that you’re riding on a crowded elevator. …

Confession: It Really is Good for the Soul

James 5:16a 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. Dear Friends in Christ, When I was a fairly young lad growing up in Staunton, IL, the summer months were the highlight of my year.  I lived for summer because I knew that every…

Softening the Face of God

James 5:16 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Dear Friends in Christ, How many of you believe that there is power in the words you speak?  For example, if your child spilled…

Being Called for What

John 1:43-51 Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael 43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him,“Follow me.” 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law,and about whom the prophets…

The Power of Encouragement

Hebrews 10:24-25 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Dear Friends in Christ, I doubt that any of…

An Enduring Love

1 Corinthians 13:7 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Dear Friends in Christ, What do you call the kind of love that a fellow by the name of Robertson McQuilken had for his wife?  Obviously before you can answer that question you need to know a little…

Let the Honking Begin

Galatians 6:1-2 1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Dear Friends in Christ, I’d like to…

Love in Spite of Differences

Romans 15:7 7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Dear Friends in Christ, If you happened to be here 2 Sundays ago when I preached my last sermon, you may recall that in my introduction I talked about a custom that Marilyn and I ran…