"Dead End Quest"
Text: John 6:51-60
When Christian folk are asked to identify their favorite of the four gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – most will choose the fourth. John is unique among the gospel accounts in that across its twenty-one chapters, it provides more information about Jesus’ identity than the other three gospels combined.
Text: Luke 2:8-14
What are some of the things in life which fill you with happiness? The smiling and cooing of a little baby, especially when he or she is your child or grandchild. A word or gesture from your employer letting you know that you’ve done a good job. News from the doctor that the tests all came back negative, or that the disease is in full remission. Word that a loved one is safely returning from military service overseas. A compliment from your spouse that you’re looking good.
Text: Matthew 3:1-12
On this 2nd Sunday of Advent, we focus our attention on a character in the gospels who was considered by many in his day – and is considered by many in ours – to be something of an odd sock. His clothing was strange. His diet was unconventional. His approach was abrasive. And his message was off-putting and challenging.
"Keeper of the Pig Sty"
Text: Deuteronomy 8:11-18
Today, as our nostrils may have already informed us, is Feast of the Faithful. That aroma also reminds us that this is Stewardship Commitment Sunday; the day that we dedicate our pledged giving to the day-to-day ministry operations of Central Presbyterian Church. It’s always a big day for the church. It’s also a day I’m obliged to deliver, and you’re obliged to hear, yet another stewardship commitment message. Let’s call that our “meal ticket.”
"I Will Repay, Says the Lord"
Text: Romans 12:14-21
My conversations with the Lord are, shall we say, interesting. In my personal prayer life, I tend to lay everything out before God -- things I am thankful for, and things I am envious about; things I would like the Lord to do for others, and things I would like the Lord to do for me and mine; things I am certain about, and things I am confused about; things I am pleased about, and things I am angry about. In fact, some of the anger I lay before the Lord I would NEVER expose to another human being.
"Behold, the Lamb of God"
Text: John 1:29
When we think about Jesus as a person, as a flesh and blood human being just as we are – ten fingers and ten toes, two eyes and two ears, hair that needed cut and nails that needed trimmed – what attributes come to mind?