Sermons from March 2020

“This Is the Day That the Lord Has Made, Let Us Rejoice and Be Glad in It.”

 Text: Nehemiah 8:11-12  10 Nehemiah said, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep…go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord, and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. In these strange days in which we find ourselves, saying “let us rejoice” may seem a little…

The Anti-Religious God

Sunday            03-22-20                   4th Sunday in Lent Encore Presentation Sermon:  “The Anti-Religious God” Texts:   Isaiah 1:10-18   John 3:1-10 Our theme today is the anti-religious nature of God.  We will be hearing some interesting, funny, and oftentimes profound quotes from notable critics of religion like Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, and Madeline Murray O’Hare.  But these folks are rank amateurs compared to the criticisms that God makes. So the next time someone criticizes the church, we can say honestly, “You’re…

Dent, Chips, & Stretch Marks

Our text is about Adam and Eve being cursed and expelled from Paradise.  I once saw a cartoon of these two running out of the Garden of Eden with a flaming, twirling sword behind them.  Eve is saying to Adam, “I think we’re in a time of transition!” One question we’ll be raising is, “Have we been out of the Garden so long, that the present world looks normal to us?”  The U.S. State Department rotates its embassy employees on…

The “So What” of Romans 1-11

Text:                Romans 12:1–8 Sermon:        “The ‘So What?’ of Romans 1-11”           This Sunday is the first day in Lent, the 40 days of fasting and penitence, from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday.  The four Sundays within this time period are not counted among the 40 days of Lent because each Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus and cannot be used for mournful activities such as fasting and ashes.  This Sunday is also Youth Sunday and we are…