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July 9, 2017

"In Our Father's House"

Luke 2: 41-51

Psalm 27: 1-4

 

 

July 2, 2017

Make Me A Captive Lord

John 8:31-36

Romans 6:12-23  

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           Our primary Bible text is from John’s Gospel, chapter 8.  That chapter opens with the story of

a woman caught in the act of adultery;  a woman who was about to be stoned for her sin. 

Read more: July 2, 2017

June 25, 2017

The Risk of Faith

Genesis 12:1-9

Romans 4:13, 18-25

      There’s an ancient Buddhist parable from the Far East about two seeds lying side-by-side in the

fertile spring soil.  The first seed said, “I want to grow!  I want to send my roots deep into the earth

beneath me, and thrust my sprout through the earth’s crust above me. 

Read more: June 25, 2017

June 11,2017

"Prayer Overheard"

Mike Baker

Text: Daniel 6:19-28

John 17:1-11

June 4, 2017

"Not A Rose Garden, Minus The Thorns"

Text: Acts 2:1-13

Psalm 104:24-31

            Back in the late 1980’s, the Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation was going through a difficult period of labor disputes which were threatening to close the company’s doors. Over a three-year span, there were five walkouts. In one instance, production ground to a virtual halt, forcing key customers such as General Motors, Westinghouse, and Peterbilt to seek the flat-rolled steel they needed elsewhere, including offshore. During those three years, Allegheny Ludlum recorded losses in excess of sixty million dollars. It lost almost a quarter of its customer base. And labor and management couldn’t even be brought to the same table.

Read more: June 4, 2017

May 28, 2017

"Moving Off Square One"

Text: Luke 12:11-12, 22-31

Psalm 55:1-7, 22

            In the four years leading up to my entering theological seminary, I experienced perhaps the greatest period of anxiety in my life. As I tried to accept the fact of God’s claim on my life, and wrestled with God’s call for me to pursue Christian ministry as my primary vocation, I worried about every possibility and implication of God’s claim and call.

Read more: May 28, 2017

May 21, 2017

"The Lord Had Blessed Us Reeeaaaal Good!"
Text: Revelation 5:1-14

Psalm 93

Brother Dave Lombardi, pastor of Trinity Gospel Temple in Canton, ends all his radio broad- casts with these words: “The Lord has blessed us reeeeaaaal good! Amen, and amen!” While Brother Dave and I have our theological differences, on this Founder’s Day 2017, I must echo his words and sentiments: “The Lord has blessed Central Presbyterian Church reeeeaaaal good!” And to that, we can all add a hearty “Amen!”

Read more: May 21, 2017

May 14, 2017

"What Can We Learn from Rahab?"

Text: Joshua 2:1-21

Hebrews 11:1-3, 30-31

 

Here’s what I’ve been told of my pedigree. On my dad’s side of the family, my grandfather Lawrence was born in the village of Pacentro in Central Italy. My grandmother Margaret was born in America, but her father immigrated to the U.S. from the city of Sulmone, just a few miles from Pacentro. On my mom’s side, things are a little less clear.

Read more: May 14, 2017

May 7, 2017

"Game of Blame"

Text:Genesis 3:1-13

1 John 1:5-10

            There was once a manager of a minor league baseball team which was on a lengthy losing streak. He identified the center fielder as the root of the team’s problems. At one exhibition game, the manager became so frustrated and disgusted that he ordered his centerfielder to the dugout and assumed the position himself. The first ball that was hit into centerfield took a bad hop and hit the manager in the mouth.

Read more: May 7, 2017