Category Archives: Sermons

Jesus Calling

(Kelly, Bradene, Stacey, & Me in August 2011) Kelly was devoted to her family and friends. She was devoted to music. And she was devoted to Christ. I want to lift up this last piece, her devotion to Christ. Jesus … Continue reading

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The Wallet Sermon

Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights in giving you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to those in need. Make for yourselves wallets that don’t wear out—a treasure in heaven that never runs out. No thief … Continue reading

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Sermon on Mary and Martha

Pause Points (Luke 10:38-42) Reactions to a Story The story of Mary and Martha is familiar, and it prompts different reactions in people. Some love the story, especially who are more naturally like Mary, quiet and contemplative. Other people have … Continue reading

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Sermon On Luke 7:36-50

In one of his letters, St Paul tells us, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Do not be conformed. Be transformed. What does it look like to be transformed? This … Continue reading

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Greater Life

Michael Marsh preached a beautiful sermon last Sunday on the Widow of Nain: I’m glad for the widow and her son. I’m glad they got their lives back and I do mean “they” because I know that in some way … Continue reading

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Down In the Valley

Christ sang to me today through Mandy’s beautiful voice, and later in the sermon Christ spoke a word to my condition.

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Sermon On Peace With God

The Way of Peace (Romans 5:1-8) “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom. 5:1) How do we find this peace of God that the scripture speaks about? And once … Continue reading

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Sermon on Trust

Niki, I want this message to be special for you. This is your Confirmation day! So I decided to come down from the pulpit and sit here like this. I want to share with you a few things that are … Continue reading

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Alive to the Voice of God

On Sunday afternoons I like to read a sermon or two. Today it was from a volume of sermons by Francis Schaeffer that I have had for over thirty years. He is preaching on Romans 12:2, on not being conformed … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Principles of the United Methodist Church 1

There is a document called The Social Principles of the United Methodist Church. I wrote once about it here. I wish there were a comparable document on The Spiritual Principles of the United Methodist Church. The best place, I believe, … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Prodigal Son

Michael Marsh preached a wonderful message on this text here. Below is my effort Luke 15:11-32 RSV And he said, “There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Ten Commandments

Over in the education wing, right across from Nancy and Stacey’s office, are three posters hanging on the wall. One is of the Golden Rule, Do for others what you want them to do for you. One is of the … Continue reading

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Sermon On Luke 4:14-21

“And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee.” I am thinking about the power of the Spirit today. Jesus has a spiritual power. In the Bible the word for power is dunamis; where we get our word … Continue reading

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The Good Wine

Beautiful sermon today from Michael Marsh on the Wedding at Cana. Regardless of how it feels or what we think about it, the day the wine runs out is the beginning of a miracle. Christ does not simply refill our … Continue reading

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Sermon On Ecclesiastes 3

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a … Continue reading

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The End of the World

Michael Marsh preached last Sunday about the end of the world, according to Jesus, and how at various times in our life we face an end to our world. Think about a day your world ended and you will recall … Continue reading

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Sermon On a New Revelation

John, to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, … Continue reading

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God’s Mission

[Sermon preached on October 28, 2012] They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was … Continue reading

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Three Rs of Sermon Preparation

My sermon preparation follows the three Rs: read, write, and rehearse. Monday and Tuesday are reading days. I love to read scripture in the Latin Vulgate, for example; Frederick Buechner recommends that you get out of your native language so … Continue reading

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Sermon On Wisdom

[Sermon preached on September 30, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church of Adrian.] Before there were global positioning satellites (GPS), when people traveled they were guided by the stars.  If they journeyed by day, the sun in the sky … Continue reading

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