Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

"Mean, Nasty, Ugly, Little Dogs"

Rev. Mark Wilds

Text: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15

Philippians 2:1-11

"The Commandment of Love"

Text: John 15:1-17

Philippians 2:1-11


Once upon a time, there was an elderly man who lived alone. Well, not really alone. He had a beloved dog named “Snooks.” The love between the man and his pet had deepened through the years, but both had begun to feel the pain and the burden of age.

"Of Vacations, Yokes, and Eagles"

Text: Matthew 11:28-30

Isaiah 40:28-31

            I don’t know about you, but from time-to-time, I need a word from the Holy Bible which just downright feels good; a word which comforts more than challenges; a word which makes me feel good about myself, and about my relationship with the Almighty. There’s a single-frame Dennis the Menace comic which shows Dennis and his family leaving church.

"Expect the Unexpected"

Text: Luke 12:35-40

Acts 1:6-11

     Recorded early in the Book of Acts is a curious event we’ve come to call “the ascension of Christ.” Luke tells us that forty days after His resurrection, Jesus had gathered some number of His disciples for what would turn out to be their last time together. The gospels reveal very little about those forty post-resurrection days beyond saying that Jesus showed Himself alive to many, and spoke about the Kingdom of God. At this final gathering, the disciples asked when Jesus would “restore the kingdom to Israel.”

"That Man Is Jesus"

Text: Matthew 14:22-33

Psalm 69:1-3,13-18


     Presbyterian missionary Robert Kopp relates a story of a Chinese covert explaining why, in a nation so unsympathetic – and often hostile - toward Christianity, he became a Christian. Here’s his testimony: “My life was sinking deeper and deeper, as I was in a well. And all my efforts caused me to sink faster. Then I saw a vision.

"Bitterness and the Before and After Photos"

Text: Ephesians 4:17-32

Hebrews 12:12-15


Lucy Van Pelt is angry with Charlie Brown for cutting her from the neighborhood baseball team. So she tries to make his life miserable, which seem to be Lucy’s mission in life, baseball notwithstanding.

"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.