Let It Rain Down

Sermon text: Isaiah 55:1 & 6-12 and John 7:37-39

As most of you know I grew up in a country that is no stranger to rain. And Scottish rain is not like Florida rain. We get that afternoon downpour every day in the summer, and no one bothers. It’ll be gone shortly, and we will get on with the sunshine. Scottish rain tends to go all day and be a bit more drizzly and a lot colder. I remember being asked if I enjoyed my summer one year and replying that, yes, we had a nice picnic that afternoon. I exaggerate, of course, but it is rainy a lot.
We’ve all seen lots of rain in our lives; sometimes it makes us feel good, sometimes not so much. I lived in a farming community in Ohio for a while, and it seemed to me the farmers were always complaining about not enough rain or too much rain... 
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Just a Pinch of Salt Please

Sermon Text: Matthew 5:13-16

As I’ve stated the last two weeks, during the month of January we’re re-examining the basics of our faith.  And I don’t think there’s anymore basic a statement that Jesus made about how our faith should be exercised than this short little passage from Matthew’s Gospel.

            There’s an old saying that we’ve all heard at one time or another: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”  Nobody disagrees with that, right?  It’s quite true.  However, I did overhear an addendum to the expression not too long ago.  It went like this: “Though you can lead a horse to water and yet not make him drink, it is possible to salt his hay a little and encourage his drinking.”

            “SALT” ... that’s what I want to talk with you about today.  We hear a lot of talk about being “the light of the world,” especially around Christmas.  And my benediction for the last several years has dealt with the Christ-Light that each of us possesses.  But do you remember Jesus also said, “You are the salt of the earth.”  What exactly was He implying in that statement?...Read full sermon here (PDF).