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March 9, 2014

"The Lord's Prayer-Petition 1"

Text: Matthew 6:9

Psalm 33:1-5, 8-9


            In the worship life of the church, and in the devotional lives of individual Christian folk, what are the words we repeat more often than any others?

Read more: March 9, 2014

March 2, 2014

"The Shining"

Text: Mark 9:1-9

2 Peter 1:12-21


            How many of you remember a film released almost thirty-five years ago called “The Shining?”  It was a psychological and atmospheric spooky movie based on the 1977 Stephen King novel of  the same title, and featured tour-de-force performances by Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall.

Read more: March 2, 2014

February 23, 2014

"People Who Need People"

Text: 2 Timothy 4:9-22

Exodus 17:8-13


             How are you at asking for or accepting help? Some of us are better at it than others. I tend to be one of those persons who would rather deal with a problem myself than trouble anyone else with it. I couldn’t begin to recall all the times when someone has offered me help in one way or another, and my response has been:

Read more: February 23, 2014

February 16, 2014

"The Unanswered Why"

Text: Lamentations 5:1-22

Revelation 21:1-7

             Why does God allow it? Massacres in public schools. Wars which wipe out populations of innocent people. Weather events which wipe out communities. Diseases which rob life. A few weeks ago, the story came out of Germantown, Maryland where a mother stabbed her four young children, two of them fatally.

Read more: February 16, 2014

February 9, 2014

"One of A Kind"

Text: Acts 9:36-43

Psalm 139:13-16


             Have you ever heard the name Dan Hurley?  He’s a street performer who’s become quite well-known on the downtown streets of Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and other American cities.  His attire certainly helps him stand out – his signature yellow fedora hat, silk butterfly bow tie, yellow blazer, and two-tone saddle shoes.

Read more: February 9, 2014

February 2, 2014

"Allegory of the Potter"

Text: Jeremiah 18:1-11

Isaiah 64:8-12


            It’s time for a little personal testimony.  When I was in college, few if any would have ever believed that it was my destiny to become a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Read more: February 2, 2014

January 26, 2014

"What's Become of Columbine, Conyers, and Chardon?"

Text: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

1 Corinthians 3:16-20

January 19, 2014

"What If We Were Convinced?"

Text: Luke 5:1-11

Zechariah 8:20-23


The story seems straightforward enough.  Leading up to this morning’s episode, Jesus has begun to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the people of Capernaum.  He’s defined the liberating character of the Kingdom by exorcising a demon from a man and by healing Peter’s mother-in-law from the ravages of a high fever. 

Read more: January 19, 2014

January 5, 2014

"Out With the Old, In With the New"

Text: 1 Peter 2:1-5

Psalm 34:11-22


    I begin by wishing you all a slightly belated happy new year, now five days deep into 2014. I trust that you enjoyed your New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations, in whatever manner you chose to celebrate. The people of the Italian village of Sulmone, from where come my paternal family roots, have a unique, albeit odd, way of ushering in the new year. 

Read more: January 5, 2014