Sermon 2-24-2019 Radical Forgiveness

Scripture Passage: Genesis 45:3-11, 15 Radical Forgiveness! Good morning! Today’s story is one of the richest and most poignant stories in the scriptures. It is also ‘soaked in divine irony’, as one commentator put it. It is one of those passages, which is so powerful, that it almost preaches itself! As one commentator noted, the central lessons in today’s passage are very straightforward: ‘all things work together for good for those who follow God’ and ‘forgive radically like Joseph did’. However, this is much easier said than done, and ‘it is all that simple, but all that hard!’ Many of us in our current generation cannot relate to Joseph’s situation of power and wealth. So, one of the tri

Sermon 2-17-2019

Scripture Passage: Luke 6:17-26 The Blessings of God’s Reversals! Good morning! Today’s passage is wonderfully relevant to our current generation! Do you suppose that we might have some folks today, who are sick, physically, emotionally, or spiritually? Do you suppose that these folks would still be hoping and searching for someone like Jesus, who could liberate them from their maladies? I think we all know that the answer to these questions is a resounding yes! People today may not be seeking Jesus, as the one to free them from their diseases, but they’re still seeking a solution to these age-old conditions. This passage is a continuation of Jesus’ call to discipleship in last week’s script

Sermon 2-10-2019

Scripture Passage: Luke 5:1-11 “Catching Souls in the 21st Century” Good morning! This is a very familiar and important passage. It also is a difficult one for Presbyterians to hear, because evangelism is usually an unwelcome word. However, sharing the gospel is very important for all Christians, including Presbyterians, and it is one of our 6 great pillars of the Church. I think that Presbyterians are open to evangelism, but they want to do it in a way, which is respectful and not imposing on people, who are from other religions. We definitely do not like to hit people over the head with a bible! Also, I think that Presbyterians tend to be shy about talking about their faith, especially wit

Sermon February 3, 2019

Scripture Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 God’s Love: The Greatest Force Good morning! Today’s scripture is one of my favorites! Most people think that this is a familiar scripture and that they already understand its meaning. However, I think there are still profound insights each of us can always gain from looking at it, more closely. Also, it is quite a tall order on the subject of love and none of us can ever fully satisfy it, this side of a Heaven. However, though we cannot fully satisfy Paul’s call to agape or godly love, we can certainly strive toward it! Well, every day in the nursing world, we are to strive toward reflecting this agape love to our patients. Today, I have two touching

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