Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

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"The Demonic Nature of Addiction"

Text: Mark 5:1-20

Titus 2:11-14


        Let me give fair warning that what we’re going to talk about this morning may cause some level of discomfort.

"Do You See This Woman?"

Text: Luke 7:36-50

Psalm 62:1-8

 During the summer of 1976 [the summer when, by the way, I grew this beard of mine], I worked as part of a maintenance crew on the campus of Geneva College. One of the persons of our five member crew was an African student named Peter Ekuiosi.

Charlie Cooper

"The Essence of a Good Father"

Text: Philippians 2:1-11

John 16:5-15

"Not For Sale"

Text: Acts 8:9-24

Psalm 115:1-8

             I respond to that distinctly-male gene which compels us guys to flip from one channel to the next, to the next, to the next, to the next…… By now, my wife is disgusted and has left the room. I land on a station that catches my attention. It’s a rock concert.

Rev. Ben Mathes

"The Voices of God's World"

Text: Matthew 25:31-46

1 John 3:16-18

"No Plan B"

Text: John 6:60-69

Psalm 34:1-10


            Let’s set the scene for this morning’s gospel lesson. Jesus had earlier fed 5000 folks along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. It was near the time of Passover. In the days following, Jesus began to self-identify Himself as “the bread of life.” Some were confused by this. Others were offended. Still others angered. Some of the leaders of the Jews who had heard this talk and had a tendency to take everything literally were all three, asking, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” It is here that we pick up the action.

"The Presbyterian Way"

Text: 1 Timothy 5:17-18

James 5:13-16

             I’d like to begin this morning by asking for a show of hands. How many of us are Presbyterian born-and-raised? How many of us were born-and-raised in some other Christian denomination(s) such as Methodist, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Pentecostal, etc.? How many of us were not born- and-raised in the life of any particular church?

"Hannah Rose"

Text: 1 Samuel 1

Psalm 65:1-4


            On this Mother’s Day morning, we’re going to hear the story of a mom who doesn’t receive quite as much Biblical “press” as the likes of Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Mary, mother of Jesus. We meet Hannah [a name which in Hebrew means “grace”] in the opening chapter of the Old Testament book of 1st Samuel. This morning’s sermon is going to be of a type we call “expository,” which means we’re basically going to allow Hannah’s story to unfold verse by verse. Please turn in your Bibles to 1st Samuel 1, and keep it open there as we follow Hannah from inconsolable grief to effusive joy.

"In the Middle of the Village"

Text: Luke 24:44-52

Acts 10:34-43

 How many of you are familiar with the name Dietrich Bonhoeffer? Bonhoeffer had been actively involved in resistance against Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist Party from the time of Hitler’s rise to power in the early 1930’s. In 1935, Bonhoeffer was appointed to organize a seminary school for Protestant resisters to the Nazi’s.

"Thomas the Skeptic"

Text: John 20:19-29

Acts 1:1-5

            My mother, by her very nature, tended to be skeptical. This worldview was perhaps shaped in part by her growing up on the lower North Side of Pittsburgh, a hard-scrabbled part of the city. She and her family lived among laboring class folk for whom there were no guarantees in life beyond hard work and little chance of advancement .

Central Presbyterian Church

47 Second Street NE
Massillon, Ohio 44646

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