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The Day Jesus… #3: The Day Jesus Tackled A Tsunami

The Day Jesus Saved A Wedding The Day Jesus Stopped A Funeral The Day Jesus Tackled A Tsunami The Day Jesus Wrote In The Sand The Day Jesus Tackled A Tsunami Mark 4:35-41I wish to read for you these verses from Mark 4. This is the Word of God. That day when evening...

Faces and Places Around The Cross #5: Unknown Soldier

Gethsemane The Roman Barracks Simon Of Cyrene Mary: The Mother Of Jesus Unknown Soldier Jerusalem: The Triumphant Entry The Empty Tomb Faces and Places Around The Cross: Unknown Soldier Mark 15:33-39This is from the Gospel according to Mark. But this is the Word of...

Faces and Places Around The Cross #3: Simon Of Cyrene

Gethsemane The Roman Barracks Simon Of Cyrene Mary: The Mother Of Jesus Unknown Soldier Jerusalem: The Triumphant Entry The Empty Tomb Faces and Places Around The Cross: Simon Of Cyrene Mark 15:21-24Reading from the Gospel according to Mark. This is the Word of God....

Faces and Places Around The Cross #1: Gethsemane

Gethsemane The Roman Barracks Simon Of Cyrene Mary: The Mother Of Jesus Unknown Soldier Jerusalem: The Triumphant Entry The Empty Tomb Faces and Places Around The Cross: Gethsemane Mark 14:32-42Mark chapter 14, beginning at verse 32. This is the Word of God. “They...

A Faith That Sings #3: Jesus Is Coming Soon – Look Busy!

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:...

Encounters With Christ #7: The Beast Who Became Beautiful

The Nobody Who Became Somebody The Somebody Who Became Nobody The Woman Christ Complimented The Odds Are In Our Favor The Man Locked In A Prison Without Bars The Man Who Died Twice The Beast Who Became Beautiful Encounters With Christ: The Beast Who Became Beautiful...

Encounters With Christ #2: The Somebody Who Became Nobody

The Nobody Who Became Somebody The Somebody Who Became Nobody The Woman Christ Complimented The Odds Are In Our Favor The Man Locked In A Prison Without Bars The Man Who Died Twice The Beast Who Became Beautiful Encounters With Christ: The Somebody Who Became Nobody...

Encounters With Christ #1: The Nobody Who Became Somebody

The Nobody Who Became Somebody The Somebody Who Became Nobody The Woman Christ Complimented The Odds Are In Our Favor The Man Locked In A Prison Without Bars The Man Who Died Twice The Beast Who Became Beautiful Encounters With Christ: The Nobody Who Became Somebody...

What True Presbyterians Believe #3: Sola Fide

Sola Christus Sola Scriptura Sola Fide Soli Deo Gloria Sola Gratia Sola Ecclesia What True Presbyterians Believe: Sola Fide Mark 11:11-26For four generations now, members of my family have served in the ministry of the Presbyterian Church. For nearly forty years now,...

God Is Up To Something So Good!

God Is Up To Something So Good! Mark 14:17-25 A story. A song. A symbol. Now, let’s see if I can weave them into a sermon. A story. A famous lawyer was being honored by his colleagues at the American Trial Lawyers Convention. He was asked to reflect on some of the...

A Story That Begins And Ends In Grace

A Story That Begins And Ends In Grace Mark 14:26-31, 66-72 A few years back UCLA was playing Stanford University in a football game. UCLA killed them. The final score was 64 to 0. After the game, a reporter approached the Stanford coach and asked, “What was the...

Cross Words #4: God’s Light In Dark Times

You Can't Step In The Same River Twice Thirsty Lips and A Thirsty Heart The Very First Christian God's Light In Dark Times A Staircase To Heaven A Dying Word And A Living Faith Cross Words: God's Light In Dark Times Mark 15:33-39In the Cathedral at Dijon, France at...

Soul Tsumani: Changing Fear Into Faith

Soul Tsumani: Changing Fear Into Faith Mark 4:35-41 Tsunami. That word is now indelibly carved into all of our minds and hearts by the tragic events of recent days. On December the 26th, a massive earthquake, registering 9.0 on the Richter scale, occurred more than...

Ten For Our Time #3: When Profanity Takes Precedence

When God Is God When Tolerance Creates Trouble When Profanity Takes Precedence When The Sabbath Is Kept Wholly When Family Comes First When Pro-Life Becomes Principle When Marriage Is A Many-Splintered Thing When Robbery Seems Respectable When Honesty Takes A Holiday...

A Day Of Pain And Gain

A Day Of Pain And Gain Mark 3:31-35 Tuck this away in your memory bank. The first Mother’s Day service was held in Grafton, West Virginia on May 10, 1908. It was the brainchild of a woman named Anna Jarvis as a tribute to her own mother. One year earlier in 1907, Anna...

Was The Triumphal Entry A Triumph?

Was The Triumphal Entry A Triumph? Mark 11:1-10 I stand before you today rather like the blindfolded discus thrower—he didn’t set any records, but he sure kept the crowd alert! Well, I’m not planning on setting any records today, but I sure would like to keep you...

Have You Met Jesus? #4: The Men Who Crashed The Party

The Nobody Who Became Somebody The Somebody Who Became Nobody The Man Locked In A Prison Without Bars The Men Who Crashed The Party The Man Who Put Christ First The Man Who Was Both Saint And Sinner The Woman Christ Complimented HAVE YOU MET JESUS? The Men Who Crashed...

Have You Met Jesus? #2: The Somebody Who Became Nobody

The Nobody Who Became Somebody The Somebody Who Became Nobody The Man Locked In A Prison Without Bars The Men Who Crashed The Party The Man Who Put Christ First The Man Who Was Both Saint And Sinner The Woman Christ Complimented Have You Met Jesus?: The Somebody Who...

Have You Met Jesus? #1: The Nobody Who Became Somebody

The Nobody Who Became Somebody The Somebody Who Became Nobody The Man Locked In A Prison Without Bars The Men Who Crashed The Party The Man Who Put Christ First The Man Who Was Both Saint And Sinner The Woman Christ Complimented Have You Met Jesus?: The Nobody Who...

Faces About the Cross #1: Simon Of Cyrene

Simon Of Cyrene The Dying Thief The Mother Of Jesus The People Of Jerusalem The Disciple Thomas Faces About the Cross: Simon Of Cyrene Mark 15:21-24Reading from the Gospel according to Mark. This is the Word of God. “A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of...

Confessing Church #3: A Holy Life

Jesus Christ The Bible A Holy Life Confessing Church: A Holy Life A Holy LifeLook with me at what happened on the Monday before the crucifixion of Jesus... Jesus went to the temple in Jerusalem, and what He saw there caused Him to explode in anger. He was angered by...

Miraculous Moments in Mark #7: Kangaroo Court: Before The Sanhedrin

Let Down By Friends: Paralytic On A Pallet Boat-Huggers And Wave-Riders: Storm At Sea Woman In The Crowd: A Bloody Shame A Dog's Life: Canaanite Woman Saved By A Semi-Colon: Epileptic Boy Eye-Opening Experience: Blind Bartimaeus Kangaroo Court: Before The Sanhedrin...

Miraculous Moments in Mark #5: Saved By A Semi-Colon: Epileptic Boy

Let Down By Friends: Paralytic On A Pallet Boat-Huggers And Wave-Riders: Storm At Sea Woman In The Crowd: A Bloody Shame A Dog's Life: Canaanite Woman Saved By A Semi-Colon: Epileptic Boy Eye-Opening Experience: Blind Bartimaeus Kangaroo Court: Before The Sanhedrin...

Miraculous Moments in Mark #4: A Dog’s Life: Canaanite Woman

Let Down By Friends: Paralytic On A Pallet Boat-Huggers And Wave-Riders: Storm At Sea Woman In The Crowd: A Bloody Shame A Dog's Life: Canaanite Woman Saved By A Semi-Colon: Epileptic Boy Eye-Opening Experience: Blind Bartimaeus Kangaroo Court: Before The Sanhedrin...

Miraculous Moments in Mark #3: Woman In The Crowd: A Bloody Shame

Let Down By Friends: Paralytic On A Pallet Boat-Huggers And Wave-Riders: Storm At Sea Woman In The Crowd: A Bloody Shame A Dog's Life: Canaanite Woman Saved By A Semi-Colon: Epileptic Boy Eye-Opening Experience: Blind Bartimaeus Kangaroo Court: Before The Sanhedrin...

Vision For The New Millennium #5: Capturing The Children

Our Vision For The New Millennium Civilizing The City Confronting The Culture Celebrating The Church Capturing The Children Concentrating On The Content Vision For The New Millenium: Capturing The Children Mark 10:13-16Just recently I came across a fascinating list...

Holding Jesus At Arm’s Length

Holding Jesus At Arm's Length Mark 1:21-28A personal word before I preach. The world-shaking tragedy of the crash of Swissair Flight 111 has become terribly personal for this congregation. Two of our most faithful members, Polly and Larry Hopcraft, perished in the...

Tales With a Twist #10: Tiny Seeds Produce An Enormous Harvest

Eyes Too Busy To See A Forgiving God In An Unforgiving World It's The Little Things That Count The Cost Of Not Loving Is Too Great To Pay Who Said Life Is Fair? Jesus And The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day God Threw A Party But Nobody Came! E Unum Pluribus...

The Church You’ve Always Longed For #3: Cusswords & Cross Words

God Wants To Hold Our Hand Loving People We've Been Taught To Hate Cusswords & Cross Words The Church You've Always Longed For: Cusswords & Cross Words Mark 14:65-72Simon Peter is one of the great heroes in the Bible. But there were some moments in his life...

The Heart of a Champion #2: Keep Faith

Be Strong! Keep Faith Stay Loyal Have Courage Share Christ Serve Others Go Deep The Heart of a Champion: Keep Faith Mark 1:14-20Have you heard the story about the elderly woman named Mrs. Jones who called the bank one morning to check on her accounts and to ask about...

So Near, Yet So Far

So Near, Yet So Far Mark 10:17-22True story. A few years ago, a young Roman Catholic priest finished his seminary training and was appointed to serve a church in Loveland, Colorado. With a building sense of excitement on his first Sunday there, he looked out of the...

The Key To Unlocking Yourself

The Key To Unlocking Yourself Mark 10:17-22Most of us, I suspect, are familiar with the name of Lewis Carroll. But even if we are not familiar with his name, we are certainly familiar with the story he wrote which we know as “Alice in Wonderland.” However, I would be...

The Touch Of The King

The Touch Of The King Mark 2:1-12One Sunday, several years ago, the Presbyterian Church in Spencerport, New York, was crowded to overflowing. Why? Because, the Sunday before the church bulletin carried this announcement: "Next Sunday both church choirs will sin...

When The ‘What-Ifs’ Strike

When The 'What-Ifs' Strike Mark 10:17-22Shel Silverstein, in his delightful children's book, A Light in the Attic, shares a poem called "The Whatifs". For those of you who know it, listen again. For those of you who don't know it, listen hard. "Last night while I lay...

The Transforming Touch #4: Chained By A String

Taking People Where They Are And Loving Them Into Life O.J. Simpson, Jesus Christ, And Us Nobody's Born A Bigot! Chained By A String What Jesus Wrote In The Sand, He Also Wrote In Blood The Heart Inflamed The Transforming Touch: Chained By A String Mark 10:17-22Years...

When You Blow It And You Know It

When You Blow It And You Know It Mark 14:26-31,66-72A few years back the University of California at Los Angeles—UCLA—was playing Stanford University in a football game. UCLA killed them! The final score was 64-0. After the game a reporter approached the Stanford...

Words To Love By

Words To Love By Mark 7:24-30If it can be said that a man reveals his true character in the way he relates to women, then the Gospels throw a magnificent floodlight on the character of Jesus. He encountered a number of women during his earthly ministry--and His...

Who Will Roll Away The Stone?

Who Will Roll Away The Stone? Mark 16:1-7Three men were applying for the same job. The first man went in for the interview and the interviewer said: "In order to get this job you must have great powers of observation and perception. As a test, I want you to look at me...

The Crises of the Christ #1: The Dawn Of A New Day

The Dawn Of A New Day The Duel In The Desert Coronation For An Unlikely King The Passion For Purity The Dawn Of A New Day Mark 1:4-11The word seems so simple, straight-forward, and matter-of-fact: “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by...

The Last Parables Jesus Told

The Last Parables Jesus Told Mark 14:12-25Adolph Julicher is a widely regarded Biblical scholar. In one of his works, he suggests that one of the things that happened in the Upper Room the night of The Lord's Supper, was that a pair of parables was given to the...

Cross Road #2: Blind Justice

Agony In A Garden Blind Justice In The Fox’s Den No Exit Human Cruelty And The Gentleness Of God Cross Road: Blind Justice Mark 14:53-65Like the wildly popular television series entitled "24,” the last 24 hours of Jesus' life were filled with intrigue, conspiracy,...

His Sisters

His Sisters Mark 1:1-6Jesus talked a lot about children.. In fact, I think it is fascinating to notice just how often He did talk about children. He talked about children when they were hungry and clamoring for bread or for fish. He talked about children and their...

Minor Men With a Major Message #19: The Man Who Had Three Ears!

The Man Who Snatched Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory The Man Who Wanted Somebody With Skin On The Man God Marked The Man Who Died With No One's Regrets The Man Who Chose The Wrong Friend The Couple Who Paid The High Cost Of Low Living The Man Who Put Profits Before...

The Day Jesus Turned South

The Day Jesus Turned South Mark 10:32-34It was a crucial day in the life of Jesus. It was the day when Jesus, like Caesar before Him, crossed his Rubicon. It was the day when Jesus said, "Now, the die is cast." It was the day when Jesus came to what might be called...