Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

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“DON’T BE A TESTA DURO”

Text:  Luke 5:27-32

         Psalm 103:1-5

      This morning, we join Jesus early in His ministry as He’s in the process of calling those who would

become His inner-circle of disciples.  The first days of Jesus’ ministry were marked by growing, if not

explosive popularity, with the exception of the incident at the synagogue in His hometown of Naza-

reth, when they were ready to throw Him off a cliff when he dared suggest He was fulfilling Jewish

prophecy.  By and large, His early reception was akin to the initial months of a new pastorate in a new

town.  Everyone says, “You should meet our new pastor.  She’s awesome!  What a sermon she

preached a few weeks ago on the second coming.  And the baptism she did last week.  She had half the

congregation in tears.”  So it was with Jesus. 

"Eden Among US"

Genesis 2: 4-23

Revelation 22: 1-6

"Connected"

Text: John 15:1-11

        Psalm 133

      It occurs to me that what we consider one of the greatest advancements of human civilization

may, in time, be regarded as one of human civilization’s greatest ironies, and greatest pitfalls.  We

live in an era in which the technology of internet, cyberspace, social media have made communi-

cation and exchange of information lightning fast; widespread, bridging every nation on earth; as

if we’re in one another’s living rooms.  What comes forth from my mouth (or from my fingers) can

be in the ear (or on the screen) of anyone on earth within seconds.  That quickly, I can spread a

good word, or a word that’s not so good.  This is a technology which was only a dream in the

minds of NASA scientists a few generations ago.  Now it’s a reality in the hands of just about

every man, woman and child on this globe. 

"Instantitis"

Mark 4: 26-29

2 Peter 3: 8-9, 14-15a

      There is a widespread malady which is afflicting a large percentage of people in today’s society.

The range of symptoms are broad and varied, but pretty predictable.  It’s an affliction, the signs of

which are first observed at a very young age, and only worsen over time.  This disease would be

classified as congenital, chronic and progressive.  It’s most dangerous, not only in its own right, but

also because of its many complications; associated with everything from migraine headaches, to

elevated blood pressure, to heart attacks, to digestive disorders.  This malady, in indirect ways,

probably sends many to an early grave.  There is no argument that this disease robs life of much of its

joy.  And it is likely that seven out of ten of us sitting here this morning are in its grip.

"A Sacred Deposit"

Acts 20:25-28, 32 (NLT)

2nd Timothy 1:13-14 (NIV)

"Still In The Storm"

Text:  Mark 4:35-41

1 Kings 19:9-15a

This morning, we begin with the question which is asked at the end of the story:  “Who then is

this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”  At first blush, the story seems to center on a

power which is so great that it controls even the very forces of nature.  And the climax of the story

rises upon the swell of Jesus’ command to the turbulent sea: “Peace!  Be still!” This is a common

translation of the Greek words piopa pephimoso which literally mean: “Stop speaking, and be

muzzled!”  In the Greek language of the day, this term was often used in exorcism when evil

spirits were bound by the healer’s word of authority.  Here, Jesus wields the same verbal auth-

ority over the wind that He rebukes and the sea that He calms.  How Jesus pulled this off, we do

not know.  What we do know is that the power Jesus possesses is beyond any and all explanation. 

“HOLDING FAST TO THE IMAGE OF ZION”    

 Hebrews 12:18-24

 Exodus 19:16-22

 

        When I was in 7th grade, I had a woodshop teacher by the name of Mr. Klim.  [Anyone

remember when classes like woodshop, mechanical drawing, and home economics were a part

of every junior high curriculum?]  Mr. Klim was the biggest, scariest beast of a man I’d ever   

seen.  To my twelve year-old eyes, he seemed to be about seven foot tall; must have weighed

at least three hundred pounds; his shoulders every bit of four feet across.  Even his muscles had

muscles.  To top it off, Mr. Klim had a marine drill sergeant-styled crew cut.  When he got saw-

dust in that crew cut, he would just run a wire brush over his head.  Then he would do the same

to the thick fur which covered his forearms.  Rumor among the seventh graders was that he

once stopped a table-mounted circular saw with his teeth.  Now I don’t know about that, but

no one in Coraopolis Junior High School would deny that Mr. Klim was one tough, scary dude!

"A Christian View of Work"

2 Thessalonians 3: 6-13

Genesis 2: 15

 

 

For most of us, the beginning of September marks the ending of so-called “vacation season.” The

kids are back in school.  The family outing to the beachfront condo is beginning to seem an ancient

memory.  It’s back to the grind for that long haul between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.  And as we

settle back into our daily routines, many of us in the workplace may begin to feel like:  Isn’t there

anything more to life than to get up, get dressed, go to work, come home, then rest for the demands

of tomorrow’s work, all the while thanking God that Friday’s coming. 

"Who is in Your Parable?"  CRE Michael Baker

"Fire" - Rev. Sue Ann Schmidt

Central Presbyterian Church

47 Second Street NE
Massillon, Ohio 44646

Telephone: 330-832-7455
Fax: 330-832-7102