Author Archives: Billy D. Strayhorn

A Soul Restored (Psalm 23:1-2a)

Following the Shepherd #1 in Series INTRODUCTION:      A young woman shared the story of her mother who has a fear of tunnels which isn’t unusual. Anyway, one Spring this Mother had to drive the Pennsylvania Turnpike to visit her daughter at college. Knowing the mother’s fear of tunnels, the daughter was a little concerned about… Read More »

A Worthy Life (Philippians 1:21-30)

Embrace the Grace #2 in Series INTRODUCTION:      Once there was a church in a small town much like ours. One Sunday morning, the minister was rather preoccupied. His sermon did not make as much sense as it usually did. As the congregation listened, they became concerned about him.      At the close of the… Read More »

Luxuriate In God’s Grace (Matthew 18:21-35)

Embrace the Grace #1 in Series INTRODUCTION:      Have you seen the latest Sprint Commercial? I don’t know why but I love that commercial. I think maybe it’s because of that phrase “some people are stupid rich.” I’ve never been “Stupid Rich” but I’d be glad to be part of an experiment to see just how much… Read More »

A Crib, A Cross, And A Cave (Matthew 28:1-10)

Easter Sunday INTRODUCTION:      True story. A United Methodist pastor was asked to conduct a graveside service for a member of his church. The only problem was, the cemetery was more than an hour and a half away from the church. The pastor wasn’t feeling well so he decided to ride with the Funeral Director… Read More »

Anger and Sloth (Ephesians 4:22-32; 5:1-2)

Deadly #5 in Series for Lent INTRODUCTION:      The sloth is an extremely odd animal. The sloth lives in trees, much of the time hanging from a limb by its four strong feet. It’s strange, sloths sleep, eat, and travel through the forest upside down; which means they see everything upside down. Can you imagine “living… Read More »

Gluttony and Lust (1 Corinthians 6:9-14)

Deadly #4 in Series for Lent INTRODUCTION:      A number of years ago I was coming home from a Conference meeting in our old brown Chevy Cavalier station wagon, which our youngest son had named “Fuzzy” because the license plate began with the letters FUZ. I was driving along minding my own business when all… Read More »

Greed (Luke 12:13-28)

Deadly #2 in Series for Lent INTRODUCTION:      GREEDitis, can be fatal. GREED: the Bible calls it avarice or covetousness. It’s so important and so insidious that God included prohibition against it in the Ten Commandments, “Thou Shalt Not Covet.” It is included in the list of Seven Deadly Sins. Because, Greed unchecked ruins lives and… Read More »

Pride (Luke 18:9-17)

Deadly # 1 in Series for Lent INTRODUCTION:      A 1957 news report, broadcast on the BBC has been called by CNN “the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled.” The three minute report, told the tale of a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from fictional spaghetti trees. Apparently, in 1957, spaghetti wasn’t widely… Read More »

Return To The Lord (Joel 2:12-17)

Ash Wednesday INTRODUCTION:       Lent involves three things: Repentance, Forgiveness and Renewal. I. REPENTANCE:       “Return to the Lord, your God . . .” We are invited to bring our sins, those actions and attitudes that separate us from God and each other and lay them before the throne of God. Have you ever really stopped to… Read More »