Sermons To Go (Page 2)

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Matthew 15:21-28

Preached FCCW August 20, 2017

 

When she was a young woman in Switzerland during the waning days of WWII, the famous psychiatrist and author, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, joined an international relief organization, where she provided medical care to refugees in a makeshift German clinic. Her father had strong reservations about his daughter’s plans, but gave his approval on the condition that she promise to never enter the country of Poland. His prejudice against the Polish people was so great that he threatened to disown his own daughter if she employed her healing skills on Polish soil.

Stepping Out in Faith

Matthew 14:22-33

Preached FCCW August 13, 2017

 

In the epic Viet Nam War film, “Apocalypse Now,” there’s a scene where the American crew of a river patrol boat disembark on a dense jungle shore, where they have an unexpected confrontation — not with the Viet Cong — but with a ferocious tiger. Running for their lives, they just barely make it back to the safety of their vessel without being eaten alive by the tiger. As the boat pulls away from shore, one of the traumatized troops keeps repeating to himself, “Never get out of the boat! Never get out of the boat!”

The Steep Threshold at the Doorway to the Miracle

Matthew 14:13-21

Preached FCCW August 6, 2017

 

At a social gathering two tables were set with a fountain of punch on each table. On one table, a sign read “NON-ALCOHOLIC.”  On the other table the sign warned that the punch was spiked with alcohol. The “ALCOHOLIC” sign was accidentally knocked off the table and before anyone had noticed and replaced it, the pastor of a notoriously legalistic church approached the table, filled his glass with the unmarked punch and begin to sip. The pastor had drunk three glasses of the unmarked punch, and was on his way back to the table for another refill, when someone noticed what was going on. They went up to the pastor and asked: “

How We Ought to Pray

Romans 8:26-39 Preached FCCW, 7-30-2017   In Mark Twain’s book Huckleberry Finn, the main character tells about his first attempts at praying in these words: Miss Watson took me in the closet and prayed. But nothing come of it. She told me to pray every day and whatever I asked for I would get it.  more »

Independence Day: Part 2

Romans 7:15-25a and Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Preached FCCW July 9, 2017

 

Joni Ericson was only 15 when she was permanently paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident. Joni describes her memory of lying on a hospital gurney, when she noticed that the sheet covering her had slipped to the side. In her modesty, Joni desperately wanted to cover herself. But as much as she wanted to make her arms and hands move, they simply would not respond. Joni knew in her mind exactly what she wanted to do, but her body was totally unresponsive. Thankfully, most of us will never know what it is to be imprisoned inside a body that will not respond to the commands of your mind.

Independence Day, Part 1: Emancipation

Romans 6:12-23 Preached FCCW, July 2, 2017   Precisely 241 years ago today, on the second of July 1776, the Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence which brazenly announced that, there comes a time in the course of human events for the necessity of dissolving old associations in order to enter into more »

Unchosen People

Text: Genesis 21:8-21 Preached FCCW, June 25, 2017       When I was a kid, my favorite thing to spend my allowance on was comic books. An entire drawer of my bedroom bureau served as storage space for my library of Marvel and DC superhero comics. Among them were a few prized issues that more »

Road Trip

Matthew 9:35 – 10:8 Preached FCCW, June 18, 2017   Author Orson Scott Card once said, “Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” That might explain why metaphors turn up as often as they do in the Bible. After all, the Bible’s purpose is to communicate the biggest, most more »

It’s Not a Party Without the Wine

Acts 2:1-21

Preached FCCW, June 4, 2017

 

I have a friend whom I love dearly, despite the fact that she can be kind of a wine snob.

To be fair, that opinion has almost nothing to do with any actual snobbery on her part and everything to do with my own sense of inadequacy when it comes to my lack of sophistication around wine.

She uses words like fruity, oaky, or robust to describe the nuances of what her taste buds are experiencing as she sips a Merlot or a Cabernet.

Meanwhile, the response of my palate is limited to a simple “like/don’t like” reaction.

Commencement Speech

Acts 1:1-11

Preached FCCW on May 28, 2017

 

The season of High School and College graduations has begun, with the usual pomp and circumstance of caps, gowns, diplomas – and of course, commencement speeches.

From Will Ferrell to the Dalai Lama, Bernie Sanders to Mike Pence, and Oprah Winfrey to Mark Zuckerberg, a smorgasbord of celebrity-status Commencement speakers will be served up on campuses across the nation.

Touchy Feely

John 20:19-31 Preached FCCW, 4/23/2017   The Sunday after Easter is sometimes referred to as Holy Humor Sunday. The reason for that is, on Good Friday, when Jesus died, the Devil thought he had won. But on Easter Sunday, God played the biggest joke ever by raising Jesus from the dead. So, the Holy Humor more »