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A Faith That Sings #2: When The Waters Are Deep

From Crib To Cross To Crown When The Waters Are Deep Jesus Is Coming Soon - Look Busy! Night Is When The Stars Shine The Greatest Storyteller's Greatest Story The Greatest Songwriter's Greatest Song The Cross: Stumbling Block Or Stepping Stone? A Faith That Sings:...

Why I Believe #4: Why I Believe In Jesus Christ

Why I Believe In The Incarnation Why I Believe In Angels Why I Believe In The Virgin Birth Why I Believe In Jesus Christ Why I Believe In God Why I Believe The Bible Why I Believe In The Church Why I Believe In Heaven Why I Believe In The Atonement Why I Believe In...

The Creation Of Mothers Took Overtime

The Creation Of Mothers Took Overtime May 10, 1998 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | I Corinthians 13Richard Lederer is a Ph. D. professor of English who loves to collect what he calls “accidental assaults upon our language.” One of his funniest collections is...

Don’t Be So Heavenly-Minded That You’re No Earthly Good!

Don't Be So Heavenly-Minded That You’Re No Earthly Good!February 4, 1996 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | I Corinthians 12:27-31If you have ever turned an eye toward the "Peanuts" comic strip, you know that Lucy is madly in love with Schroeder, the musician, but...

Christmas Contradictions #1: Victory In The Defeat

Victory In The Defeat Light In The Darkness Splendor In The Silence Glory In The Lowly Christmas Contradictions: Victory In The Defeat I Corinthians 11:3-26It occurs to me that Christmas is a time of contradictions. There is, most obviously, the contradiction of...

Milli Vanilli Christianity: Mouthing The Words Isn’t Good Enough

Milli Vanilli Christianity: Mouthing The Words Isn't Good EnoughJuly 25, 1993 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | I Corinthians 9:24-27Even if you are not into contemporary music, you will remember it… In the late 1980's, a new pop duo called Milli Vanilli rocketed...

We’re Here For Life #1: A Call To Continuity

A Call To Continuity A Call To Confidence A Call To Compassion A Call To Commitment We're Here For Life: A Call To Continuity I Chronicles 29:10-19, 26-28Build me a church, said GodBuild me a church, said GodOut of your fairest dreams,Heaven must be its dome,Lighted...

You Make a Difference #2: Promises To Keep

Total Commitment Promises To Keep Priming The Pump You Make a Difference: Promises To KeepNovember 1, 1992 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | I Corinthians 15:51-16:3True story. Some years ago, Edward Spencer was a theological student at a seminary in Chicago. One...

Four Rooms

Four RoomsOctober 4, 1992 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | I Corinthians 11:23-26Come back with me in time, back nearly two thousand years. I want to take you on a tour of some rooms which are etched forever into the memory of Christians. They are important...

Take This Job…And Love It!

Take This Job...And Love It!September 8, 1991 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | I Corinthians 14:1-5Twenty-three years ago, this very day, I stepped into the pulpit of the First Presbyterian Church of Kilgore, Texas and preached the first sermon of my ministry in...

His Prayer, Our Prayer #7: The Defiant Doxology

Close To His Majesty Soli Deo Gloria Riding On God's Shoulders A Declaration Of Dependence To Forgive And Forget Talk Back To The Devil The Defiant Doxology His Prayer, Our Prayer: The Defiant Doxology I Corinthians 15:12-20The last phrase of The Lord's Prayer did not...

On Grace, Gratitude, And Going For The Goal

On Grace, Gratitude, And Going For The GoalOctober 30, 1988 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | I Corinthians 15:3-11The Apostle Paul was a genius. Indeed, he was so much of a genius that I am convinced that even if he had not become a Christian, still we would know...

Broken Bread In A Broken World

Broken Bread In A Broken WorldFebruary 21, 1988 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | I Corinthians 11:23-26The Bible is an incredible storehouse of valuable treasures. I have long since learned that no matter how familiar a particular passage of the Bible may be, no...

Cross Words: A Living Christ For A Dying World

Cross Words: A Living Christ For A Dying WorldApril 19, 1987 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | I Corinthians 15:3-8, 20-26Suppose you were to pick up the newspaper tomorrow morning and read the headlines: "Pope John Paul becomes a Protestant!" Or "Ronald Reagan...

A Tip Or A Tithe?

A Tip Or A Tithe?October 26, 1986 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | I Corinthians 15:51-16:4There are always those people who suggest in one way or another that the mention of money in church is somehow indecent and inappropriate. Such persons are obviously...

The Long Shadow Of The Cross

The Long Shadow Of The CrossFebruary 20, 1983 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | I Corinthians 11:23-26The long shadow of the cross falls over every service of Holy Communion. Paul said: "As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s...

The Greatest Thing In The Greatest Church

The Greatest Thing In The Greatest ChurchJune 13, 1982 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | I Corinthians 13Here is the story of a church that used to be. It was a busy, flourishing, apparently successful church. Sunday services were well attended. There was a strong...