Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio


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Men's Study

October 30, 2016

"The Gates of Hades Shall Not Prevail"

Text: Matthew 16:13-20

Psalm 139:7-18

     Some years ago, I got a flyer in the mail from a nearby township church. It was publicizing an event described as “an uplifting Christian alternative to traditional Halloween activities.” Sounded good. I know there are some Christian folk who are offended by the entire idea of Halloween, Trick or Treat, Beggars Night, or whatever one chooses to call it. So an “uplifting alternative” certainly seemed like a good idea for someone of who finds Halloween incongruent with their faith.

Read more: October 30, 2016

October 23, 2016

"Stirred In Heart to Give"

Text: Exodus 35:20-29

2 Corinthians 9:6-8

            This morning, we turn our attention to the historical book of Exodus. As we meet up with “the congregation of the Israelites,” we find them still wandering across the Sinai Peninsula toward the promised land under the leadership of Moses. Moses had recently descended from Mt. Sinai with the second set of stone tablets of the Law. You’ll remember he broke the first set of tablets in a fit of rage when he found Aaron and the people worshiping a golden calf.

Read more: October 23, 2016

October 16, 2016

"On Account of My Name"

Text:John 15:18-21, 26-27

Psalm 119:156-161

To set the tone for this morning’s message, I’d like to share with you a Facebook exchange I was caught up in recently. It began with a post shared by a friend of mine, who tends to be critical of Christianity. The post featured a chalk board with these words written on it in yellow: “Same- sex marriage is not gay privilege, it’s equal rights. Privilege would be something like gay people not paying taxes.” Up to that point, I was on board. Then at the bottom were these additional words chalked in blue and underlined for emphasis:

Read more: October 16, 2016

October 9, 2016

"It Figures"

Rev. Sue Ann Schmidt

Text: Luke 17:11-19

Psalm 66:1-7

October 2, 2016

"Dinner Party Etiquette"

Text: Luke 7:36-50

Isaiah 58:9a-10

September 25, 2016

 "Tour de Faith"

Text: John 14:8-14

2 Timothy 4:6-8

            When I was a youngster, I used to do a lot of bicycling; not so much as a form of fun or exercise, but as a practical means of transportation. In those days, many families had only one automobile. That was the case in my family. So if I wanted to get somewhere within a reasonable I was usually on my own.

Read more: September 25, 2016

September 18, 2016

 "Of Sacred Song, Memory, and Wisdom"

Text: Ephesians 5:15-20

Psalm 100

            We all have a favorite song. I have a bunch. What I find interesting is that while I may not be able to remember specific details from events in my life that took place twenty or thirty years ago, even the biggest ones, I can remember every line from a hit song from my high school or college days. For instance, a few weeks ago, I heard a song on my car radio that I hadn’t heard in I don’t know how long. Yet upon hearing the first few bars of the music, the lyrics came back to me like I’d just heard them yesterday, and I sang along:

Read more: September 18, 2016

September 11, 2016

"Jesus, What Gives?!"

Text: Luke 16:1-9

Matthew 10:16-20

            Since it’s now well into high school football season, I thought it might be time for an outrageous, but true, high school football story. 1997. The underdog Mustangs of Flinthills High in Rosalie, Kansas were facing rival Elk Village Patriots. After the opening kickoff, as the teams lined up for the first play from scrimmage, Mustang quarterback Dan Scribner and his center Tylen Hall pretended that the ball on the field was underinflated.

Read more: September 11, 2016

September 4, 2016


Text: Proverbs 24:30-34

1 Corinthians 15:58

            Have you ever had the experience of working with someone who was just downright lazy? It can be frustrating, even maddening, to labor side-by-side with someone who doesn’t carry his or her load. We who work hard often seem to get stuck doing the work of two and more per- sons. And that can be a great source of both discouragement and anger.

Read more: September 4, 2016

August 28, 2016

"Telling Time"

Text: Psalm 90:1-17

2 Peter 3:8-9

 Here’s a little audience participation piece. The question: What do you consider the most life- changing invention of all time? An historian and social critic from the University of Chicago by the name of Daniel Boorstin – now deceased – once stated that the most life-changing invention of all time is the mechanical clock.

Read more: August 28, 2016