Sermons by Paul Demotte

Out pastor.

Doing A 180

Text:  Luke 3:7-16 This Sunday is Baptism of Our Lord Sunday.  That Christ would be baptized might seem a paradox since the church has long emphasized that adult baptism is meant for remission of past sins and that Christ was said to be born without sin.  However, by humbling himself and being baptized by John the Baptist, Christ is seen taking on the sins of others and giving his followers a model to replicate.  This act was necessary not for…

What’s Our Defining Label?

Text:  Matthew 2:1-15; Galatians 3:28 This Sunday we are looking at the traditional story of the three Wise Men visiting Jesus, and how this is seen as the first step in Jesus’ mission being spread to all races, cultures, and nationalities of the world.  But our interest is in the role and impact of labels that we wear.  Labels can be helpful.  Wearing the label “senior citizen” allows me certain discounts, a special VIA bus card, automatic mail-in ballots, and…

Coming Up Grateful

Text:  Luke 2:38 “Coming up at that very moment, she returned thanks to God: and she talked about the child to all who were looking for the liberation of Jerusalem.” In December of 1945 a new gospel (the Gospel of Thomas) was discovered buried in an ancient gnostic library near Nag Hammadi, Egypt.  Some folks went nuts over this “new” gospel with its unknown sayings and descriptions of Jesus’ life.  The church was accused of hiding the truth about Jesus…

It’s All In The Name

Text:  Matthew 1:20-23 20…an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Look, the…

Apocalyptic Figs

Text:  Luke 21:29-36 29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 34 “Be…

Which Authority?

I get inspiration in strange places.  Does anybody remember Barney Fife, the skinny little guy with the big adam’s apple on The Andy Griffith Show? Barney was the deputy sheriff in the slow-paced, sleepy southern community of Mayberry, North Carolina.  In one episode some tough criminals being returned to prison had to stay overnight in the jail and Barney was freaking out with fear and excitement.  He began pacing back and forth in front of the jail cell like a…

Where Hostility Melts

Text:  Ephesians 2:18           “For through him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.”  This morning we’ll be looking at how the writer to Ephesians addressed the squabbling between the Jewish and Greek Christians in the church at Ephesus.  The Jewish Christians believed that they had to be true to the Old Testament, which, after all, made up the vast majority of the Christian Bible.  So their emphasis was on keeping many of the Jewish regulations.  In…

Being Left Behind Will Be Fun

Text:  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words. This text always brings back memories of my practicing Instrument Landing System   approaches at the Binghamton NY airport.  As a flight instructor, I used to say that given enough bananas, I could teach…

You’re Not God

Text:  Daniel 2:1-14, 16 A recent Far Side cartoon had the caption, “The reason cats will never have organized religion.”  The cartoon shows about 8 cats sitting around a living room with each one thinking, “I am God!”  This thinking is not limited to cats.  Anybody remember what the first human sin was according to the Book of Genesis? I must confess, this Sunday’s message is going in the opposite direction of most of my thinking, which is to remind…

None of the Above

Text:  Mark 12:18-27 This Sunday we will have two themes:  Veterans Day and the art of thinking outside the box.  On the 11th day of the 11th month we traditionally honor all of those living veterans who have served our country in war or peace and thank them for their sacrifices.  But as we gather to honor veterans, our thoughts differ according to when we were born.  How old we are determines which wars and which veterans we most keenly…

The Hidden Things of God

Deuteronomy 29:29      “The hidden things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us and to our children forever.”  I Corinthians 4:1-5  Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. 2 Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself.…