The Household of God? The Whole World!

Sermon Text:  Luke 14:15-24

I will not preach long today … the gospel is being proclaimed in so many ways on this World Communion Sunday: The music, our liturgy, the Table.

    I heard a story about a preacher who was known for his very long-winded sermons.  (No comments from you about the length of mine!)  One Sunday during an especially long sermon, one of the ushers got up and left mid-sermon.  The next day the preacher asked him why he got up and left.  The usher replied, “To get a haircut.”  “Why didn’t you get a haircut before the service?” the preacher asked.  The man replied, “Before the service … I didn’t NEED a haircut.”...Read full sermon here (PDF)

 

Obesessed With Food

Sermon Text:  John 6:35, 41-58

 

I’m on a diet.  Been on it since April.  Back in November of last year I started to have a problem with high blood pressure … first time ever … so I decided to loose some weight.  But I have to be honest ... I’m obsessed with food.  I admit it.  So ... this morning I want to talk about this most basic of human needs – food.

            Food, according to Webster, is: “any substance taken into and assimilated by a plant or animal to keep it alive, active and enables it to grow.”

            Food, for some of us may be a little more basic than others, but non-the-less it is a relevant subject for most of us.

            Anybody here ever eat before? ...Read full sermon here (PDF)

 

Following Jesus Part 3 The Blessing

Sermon Text:  Isaiah 43:1-5a & John 15:9-17

A story is told, through an email I received, about a conversation that happened in heaven.  It went as follows:

            One day God was looking down at Earth and saw all of the naughty behavior that was going on.  He decided to send an angel down to Earth to check it out.  So he called one of His angels and sent the angel to Earth for a visit.  When the angel returned, he told God, “Yes, it is bad on Earth; 95% are misbehaving and 5% are not.”

            God thought for a moment and said, “It can’t be that bad, maybe I had better send down a second angel to get another opinion.”  So God called another angel and sent him to Earth.  When the second angel returned he, too, went to God and said, “Yes, it is true.  The Earth is in decline; 95% are misbehaving and 5% are being good.”

            God was obviously not pleased.  So He decided to email the 5% that were good because He wanted to encourage them.  Give them a little something to help them keep going.

            Do you know what that email said?

            No?

            I didn’t get one either.

            This story begs the question: Is God’s love conditional?  The basic principle of the Biblical message is: God’s consistence and all-consuming love for creation.  God’s love will not let us go...Read full sermon here (PDF)

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Everybody Needs God's Grace

Sermon Text: Luke 5:27-32

            My goal today is to help you see the flesh and blood Jesus in action, to hear what he had to say, and to observe how he behaved.

            I am also interested to learn what, if any, implications there may be in this story for our own lives.

            So, let’s have a look at the story.

            Levi—otherwise known as Matthew—had just been invited by Jesus to forsake the lucrative business of tax collecting and join the company of his disciples.  Surprisingly, Levi agreed.  Then he invited Jesus to his home for a large dinner party.  Jesus accepted the invitation despite the fact that most, if not all, of the guests were not the kind of people who were generally thought of in favorable terms ... I’ll tell you why in a moment...Read full sermon here (PDF)

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