Category Archives: 2011 Sermons

reProduce (2 Corinthians 5:14-21)

The Amazing Grace #4 INTRODUCTION:      A couple of years ago, Leadership Magazine had a story about a Christian Grammar School in Wheaton, Illinois. The third and fourth-graders were asked to complete the following sentence: “By faith, I know that God is …”      Amanda answered: “forgiving, because he forgave in the Bible, and he forgave… Read More »

reFresh (Mark 1:30-35, Act 2:42)

The Amazing Grace #3 INTRODUCTION:       Be transformed. Let Jesus shine through you and in all you do. That’s a pretty tall order but for those of us seeking to serve God; for those of us seeking to “go onto perfection” as Wesley called it, we are called to let that Transformation take place. And not… Read More »

reNew Titus (3:3-7; Romans 5:1-9)

The Amazing Grace #2 INTRODUCTION:      Iris was somewhere between 30 and 35. She was a very attractive woman. The first couple of times she came to worship, she always sat off by herself, as if she were unsure about being there. She came in late and left early during the closing hymn. The pastor and… Read More »

The Greatest of These Is Love (1 Corinthians 13)

Remembering 9/11 INTRODUCTION:       Almost anyone over 20 can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news of the plane crashing into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. It was a Tuesday, I was in my study at home working on that week’s sermon. A member… Read More »

reStart (1 John 4:7-19)

The Amazing Grace #1 INTRODUCTION:      God’s Grace is Amazing. Grace is God’s free gift of unconditional love for each and every one of us. It’s so amazing, so life changing, so life giving that I could preach a hundred sermons on Grace and never really explain all of its intricacies and yet at the… Read More »

Obey (John 14:15, 1 John 2:1-6)

Soul Prints #4 INTRODUCTION:      This morning I want us to begin by using a version of the Prayer of Confession from the liturgy of Holy Communion. If you will join me. CONFESSION AND PARDON ALL: Merciful God, we confess that we have not always loved you with our whole heart. Though we try, at… Read More »

Love (1 Corinthians 13)

Soul Prints #3 INTRODUCTION:       It might be cliché to say it but God doesn’t make junk. There are no throw away people. That’s not God’s plan for us. No matter what anyone else might say about you; no matter what you might think about yourself; you’re not worthless, you’re not junk. You are created in the… Read More »

Believe (Luke 8:40-56)

Soul Prints #2 INTRODUCTION:       I opened with a video on the life of tightrope walker Charles Blondin.       What was it that caused the crowd to suddenly go silent and no hand go up? Was it the roar of the Falls? Was it the 1,100 foot chasm? Was it the 160 foot… Read More »

Soul Food (Various)

Soul Prints #1 INTRODUCTION:       Who are you? If you’ve watched any of the Detective, Forensic or Mystery shows on television in the last 50 years, you know how important fingerprints are to the Criminal Justice System. No two fingerprints are alike. Each fingerprint is unique to that individual.       According to the History of… Read More »

Here I Am, Send Me (Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17)

The Call INTRODUCTION: [1]  In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.   [2] Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet,… Read More »