Sermons by Paul Demotte

Out pastor.

Backyard Religion

Text:  Judges 17:1-6              Ephesians 4:11-13 Living in New York for so many years, I had many non-practicing Jewish friends.  What’s a non-practicing Jew?  Well, they were immersed in that unique culture with its food, dances, customs, holidays and Yiddish expressions, but they never prayed and never attended Synagogue.  In the last 20 years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of “non-practicing Christians,” those folks with childhood memories of Christian holidays, and a vague emotional attachment…

National Day of Prayer and Repentance Service

This Saturday, September 26th, Northminster Presbyerian Church will participate in a National Day of Prayer and Repentance.  The organizers of the event have said that this day is: an appointed time, and a specific day set apart for one purpose – the return to God by coming before His presence in humility, in sincerity in prayer, and repentance. Most of us would agree that our country and our world have never been more divided and in need of healing.  We…

Adultery and Stoning

Text:  John 8:3-9 Most of us have been reading this story of the woman caught in adultery for decades and think it has little to offer us in the way of new information.  Well, for starters, ask yourself, “How is it possible to catch one person in the act of adultery?”  But the sexism of Bible culture is not our focus here.  Nor is the physical act of stoning.  I’ve had to explain to generations of teenagers that when St.…

Enjoy God’s Creation

Text:  Matthew 11:18-19 Nehemiah 8:9-10 9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom…

Epiphany in Falfurias, Texas

Text:  Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast.  10 “For we are God’s workmanship,” that is we are the good works of God.  Then Paul concludes, “created in Christ Jesus to do good works.” Christians who focus exclusively on salvation by grace see feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and visiting those…

It’s All In Your Head

Text:  Romans 8:5-6 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. This Sunday we will be looking specifically at the phrase “…set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”  What on earth…

Chariots of Fire

Text:  Isaiah 40:31 …those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they wiill run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint I can’t tell you the last time I had so much fun writing a sermon as this one.  To gain insights into this powerful text, we will be referencing the award winning movie, “Chariots of Fire” and one of my experiences as a certified flight instructor.  This…

The Tragic Faith of Young Goodman Brown

Text:  Philippians 4:4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near. 6 Do not  worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. This Sunday’s sermon is very different.  It’s a retelling of a classic tale by Nathaniel…

Launch Into the Deep

Text:  Luke 5:1-11 …he said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing.  Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”  6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. One of my favorite authors is Dutch Roman Catholic priest, Henri Nouwen.  Dead more than 20 years now, he…

God Is Not A Dumb, Rich Uncle

Text:  Matthew 6:5-8, 7:7-11 This section of Matthew has the largest collection of Jesus’ teachings on prayer.  In my younger years, my prayers were an attempt to bring God up to date on what was going on with me, and to intercede for all the   people in my life and around the world who needed help.  Gradually, I came to realize that God was really, really smart and already knew what I was saying.  In fact, God knew what I…

Choose Now

Text:  Matthew 9:9-13 Our text today is the call of Matthew to be a disciple and the theme is “the power and consequences of one decision.”  Just say the words “I do” in the right place and you’ll find yourself married or in the army.  One decision. I had an uncle Bill who lied about his age to join the Navy during WWII.  By the time the Navy discovered this, he was on a destroyer in the South Pacific and…

Our Building Project

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.…