Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

"The Four Part Harmony of Tithing- Bass and Tenor"

Text: Genesis 14:17-20

Leviticus 27:30-34

 

     “I want to tithe,” a man told his pastor. “I want to give ten percent of my income to the church. When my income was fifty dollars a week, I gave five to the church every Sunday. When I became successful in my business and my weekly income rose to five hundred dollars, I gave the church fifty dollars every Sunday. But now, my income is five thousand dollars a week. I just can’t bring myself to give five hundred dollars to the church every Sunday. I mean, that’s a lot of dough Rev.

"The Jonah Saga: Deliverance Belongs to the Lord!"

Text: Jonah 3:1-4:5

Psalm 86:8-13

 

A team of church growth experts was called upon to conduct a research project. In light of the steep decline in membership in mainline Protestant denominations, the question posed to the team was: “What has the mainline church been doing wrong? Why has membership declined near seventy percent between 1960 and 2012?”

"The Jonah Saga: You Can Run, But You Can't Hide"

Text: Jonah 1:1-3, 3:1-3a

Genesis 3:1-10

 

            There is a branch of psychology called “dream research” which is enjoying renewed popularity these days. Dream research scientists have observed that there are certain types of dreams shared by just about everyone.

"The Highest Call"

Rev. David Kimberly

Text: 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, 13

"Pursuing a Proper Perspective"

Text: 1 Chronicles 29:10-19

Psalm 21:1-7

 

As we’re looking ahead to 2015, and preparing to ask for your commitments of support vis-a vis the ministries of Central Presbyterian, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride regarding where our church has come over the course of the past several years.

"I'm Just Dying to Show You This"

Text: Romans 5:6-9

Psalm 28:6-9

In 1993, Clint Eastwood starred in a film entitled “In the Line of Fire.” He played the role of a secret service agent by the name of Frank Horrigan whose job it had been to protect the lives of U.S. presidents for more than three decades. But nearing retirement, Horrigan was haunted by what had happened thirty years earlier.

"On Twinkies, Root Beer, and the Image of God"

Text: Genesis 1:26-27

Colossians 1:9-20

 

            A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long journey to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with everything he’d need for the trip: his Transformers shirt, some Legos, a half full box of Twinkies and a six-pack of root beer.

"From Under a Fig Tree"

Text: Mark 6:1-6

Psalm 57:7-11

 

"Silly Love Songs"

Text: Ephesians 1:3-10

Jeremiah 1:4-8

 

Let’s play a little music trivia. I’m going to spare you, and read – not sing -the opening lyrics of a song from the 1970’s era. See if you can tell me who the artist was.

"The Great Feast Is Now"

Text: Luke 14:12-24

Revelation 3:20-22

 

One of the themes interspersed throughout the gospels is what we call “table fellowship.” It seems recorded in every few chapters is Jesus sitting down at table to have yet anothermeal with someone, or with a lot of someone’s. Jesus did not discriminate.