Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

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"Be On Your Guard"

Text: Luke 17:3-4

1 Kings 8:46-50a

            Almost twenty years ago, three teenage girls were fatally gunned down and five seriously injured by a fellow student at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky. Adding to the tragedy, the victims were conducting a prayer meeting at the time.

"The Challenges of Street Level Ministry"

Text: John 5:1-9

Proverbs 21:13; 22:2, 9, 16


From my point of view, the most important ministries which Central Presbyterian extends are those which reach the people at street level; those ministries which touch the lives of folks who are not likely among us on Sunday mornings, but who surround us 24/7/52.

"Born of the Spirit"

Text: John 3:1-10

Acts 2:1-13

"Words Backed Up by Action"

Text: 1 John 3:16-18

Psalm 48:9-14

"Solomon's Wisdom for Parent"

Text: Proverbs 26:6, 23:13-14

Proverbs 31:25-31


I’m going to open this morning’s Mother’s Day message with a lengthy poem I came across while I was going through some old files. I don’t recall where or when I got it, or who wrote it. As I read it, I found myself getting caught up in what some might call the poem’s “political incorrectness.”

"The Grape Arbor of Faith"

Text: John 15:1-11

Jeremiah 2:20-22

In the Gospel according to John are recorded the seven so-called “I am” sayings of Jesus. You probably have them memorized, but by way of review: “I am the bread of life” (John 6), “I am the light of the world” (John 8), “I am the gate for the sheep” and “I am the good shepherd” (John 10), “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11), “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 11). Let’s now turn our collective attention to the last of the I am sayings from John 15.

"Listening for God's Voice"

Text: 1 Samuel 3:1-20

Psalm 85:8-13


One of the major historic figures of the Old Testament was a man by the name of Samuel. He is considered a great prophet by Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. He was born around 1000 B.C. after his mother Hannah’s long struggle with infertility.

"Is This A Lesson We Can Finally Learn?"

Text: 1 Corinthians 12:4-27

Psalm 133


            (Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-13)

            Times of crisis and tragedy have a remarkable way of bringing people together. A few weeks ago, I watched a documentary on TV about the 2007 collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis. I was especially impressed by the story of the dozens of men and women

"Do You Love Me? Follow Me"

Text: John 21:15-19

Revelation 21:1-4

            The Gospel of John provides more record of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances than any of the others. For example, John tells us about two instances, a week apart, when Jesus appeared to the gathered disciples behind locked doors.

"Now What?"

Text: Luke 24:13-35

Psalm 16:7-11


            Let’s imagine it’s late Easter afternoon. The last of the dinner guests have gone home. What remains of the spiral-cut ham has been sliced down and bagged up for sandwiches for the week ahead; the leftover mashed potatoes divided up in Glad food storage containers and neatly stacked on the middle shelf of the fridge.

Central Presbyterian Church

47 Second Street NE
Massillon, Ohio 44646

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