Sermons from November 2020

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.…