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Get Yourself Free

Text:  Mark 10:17-22 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.” This is not one of my favorite Bible verses because it constantly calls into question how I spend my time and money.  Even the folks who insist on taking the Bible literally usually seek some metaphorical interpretation for this text.  Is Jesus really…

God Cares for Critters. Shouldn’t We?

Text:  Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground. This morning we will be looking at some translation issues with this text that have led to many abusing the earth.  Who says words don’t matter?  Most of us know that the first mention of…

How High Is Your Spiritual EQ?

Text:  Genesis 2:15-24 Our text today is the well-known creation story of Adam losing a rib and gaining a wife.  I will never forget my first day of  a college anatomy class when the professor asked us to identify the gender of the skeleton in front of us.  The pelvic bone structure is one sure giveaway but one young lady began to closely examine the rib cage to see if a rib was missing.  🙂 Part of our reflection on…

Begin Again in Me

Text:  Hebrews 1:1-3a, 5-6 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophet, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the world.  He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being… Our text this morning is the first three verses of the letter to the Hebrews.  Unlike numerous books of…

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…

You’re the Man

Our text today is about David.  Most of us, when we hear his name, also think of Goliath.  I just happen to know a limerick about Goliath. From head to toe armored for war The giant came out with a roar But with ease the young lad Mortally peppered him bad Who did your armor, Dior? Our text for today comes from the one David story we’d like to forget.  It’s the story about David, Bathsheba, and her husband Uriah. …