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A Faith That Sings #4: Night Is When The Stars Shine

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:...

My Sacred Journey

My Sacred Journey July 7, 2013 | Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church | Romans 1:8-17I wish now to read for you these words from Paul's letter to the Romans, the first chapter. This is the Word of God: "First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because...

To God Alone Be The Glory

To God Alone Be The Glory September 12, 2004 | Providence Presbyterian Church | Romans 1:8-17On the second Sunday of September 1968, I stood for my first time to preach my first sermon in my first church, The First Presbyterian Church of Kilgore, Texas. Consequently,...

The Christ Of No-Man’s Land

The Christ Of No-Man’s Land May 30, 2004 | Providence Presbyterian Church | Romans 13:1-7I was planning on preaching another sermon to you today, but with what is transpiring in our world this Memorial Day weekend, I have made the decision to lay aside that other...

How Shall They Hear?

How Shall They Hear? September 14, 2003 | Providence Presbyterian Church | Romans 10-5-15On the second Sunday in September of 1968, 35 years ago now, I stepped for the first time into the pulpit of my first church, the First Presbyterian Church of Kilgore, Texas. Ever...

What Then Shall We Say To These Things?

What Then Shall We Say To These Things? September 16, 2001 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Romans 8:31-39Whenever I get into trouble or whenever the world gets into trouble, I always turn to Romans 8. We are in trouble. On September the 11th, evil pierced not...

A Great Gospel, A Great Church, A Great Time To Be A Christian

A Great Gospel, A Great Church, A Great Time To Be A Christian September 13, 1998 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Romans 1:8-17The second Sunday of September, 1968,1 stood for the first time to preach my first sermon in my first church, The First Presbyterian...

To Know Him And To Make Him Known

To Know Him And To Make Him KnownSeptember 14, 1997 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Romans 1:8-17On the second Sunday of September, 1968, I preached my first sermon in my first church. Every year since, on the second Sunday of September, I do two things. I...

Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude!

Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude!November 26, 1995 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Romans 12:1-2Ann Turnage is a most remarkable woman. Her husband, Mac Turnage, is an associate pastor at the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. Her...

Turning Inkblots Into Angels

Turning Inkblots Into AngelsJune 11, 1995 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Romans 8:31-39Joseph Craik.My guess is that that name means absolutely nothing to you. However, if you had grown up in Scotland, that name would be instantly recognizable. He lived in...

No Failure Is Ever Final!

No Failure Is Ever Final!March 19, 1995 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Romans 5:1-5I serve on the Board of Trustees at Montreat College, and it is at this time of the year that the Board certifies those who will receive both earned and honorary degrees. An...

Homeward Bound #10: Moments Difficult To Treasure

Life Is Forever! Reflections On The Resurrection The Promise Of The Pearl Someday Our Prince Will Come Take Me Home To My Mother You Can't Take The Sheep From The Shepherd! Life Is Uncertain, So Eat Dessert First! Facing Death Unafraid Finishing What We Start Moments...

Losing The Abortion Battle But Winning The War!

Losing The Abortion Battle But Winning The War!March 7, 1993 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Romans 12:14-21Always when I preach, I step into the pulpit with a measurable sense of trepidation. Today that sense of trepidation is higher than usual because I am...

I’ve Got A Name For That

I'Ve Got A Name For ThatNovember 28, 1991 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Romans 12:1-8Did you see that cartoon picturing two men locked in obvious disagreement? One says to the other: "What do you mean we don't communicate anymore? Just yesterday, I faxed you a...

How To #5: How To Do Right When Everything Goes Wrong!

How To Rise Above Resentment! How To Quit Worrying About Worry! How To Fly Like Eagles When You’re Surrounded By Turkeys! How To Look Smart When You Do Dumb Things! How To Do Right When Everything Goes Wrong! How To Turn Short-Term Losses Into Long-Term Gains! How To...

The Greatness Of The Gospel

The Greatness Of The GospelJanuary 22, 1989 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Romans 1:8-17"All roads lead to Rome." In the first century, that old saying was literally true. Like spokes converging on the hub of a wheel, all roads back then did lead to Rome. As a...

The Greatest Strains Come From The Greatest Strain

The Greatest Strains Come From The Greatest StrainSeptember 21, 1986 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Romans 8:26-39I remember reading about the epitaph which marks the grave of a man named John Breshear and his wife, Phoebe. John Breshear grew up in poverty and...

When Bad Things Happen To Good People

When Bad Things Happen To Good PeopleNovember 6, 1983 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Romans 8:28-39Usually our minds have a way of dulling painful memories, so that, in time, we actually forget them. But some memories are so powerful that even time cannot erase...

I Am Persuaded

I Am PersuadedJuly 11, 1982 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Romans 8:28-39An old man lay dying in the ward of a large city hospital. His life had been one long struggle against grinding poverty and ill-health. He had virtually nothing to live for. Death would...