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Citius! Altius! Fortius!

Citius! Altius! Fortius! Philippians 3:12-14 The title of today’s sermon is “Citius! Altius! Fortius!” The three Latin words are actually the motto of the Olympic Games: “citius, altius, fortius—faster, higher, stronger.” Since we are now immersed in all the glory and...

Only One Came Back

Only One Came Back Luke 17:11-19 As I thought about what to say to you on this Thanksgiving Day, one of the things that I did was to dig back into my old history books to remind myself of the story of the first Thanksgiving. The story began well over a year before the...

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...

Don’t Quit Too Quickly

Don't Quit Too Quickly I Samuel 31:1-10Two stories, both of them true... Story number one: Back during the Second World War, a young man names Butch O’Hare was a fighter pilot assigned to an aircraft carrier in the south Pacific. One day his entire squadron was sent...

ICTC

ICTC Philippians 4:10-13I came across a little piece entitled “Out of the Mouths of Babes,” a collection of humorous insights into the faith from the lips of children. Here is a sampling from that collection: Bouncing out of her first day in the nursery class at Mt....

The Gospel Of The Second Chance

The Gospel Of The Second Chance Acts 9:1-19Three of my friends—Elicia Beasley, Theo Kaffenberger and Charlotte Selzer—unbeknownst to each other, have delivered to me a wonderful collection of bloopers which have actually appeared in church bulletins. Here’s a sampling...

A Journey With God #3: Love Means Saying “I’m Sorry”

That’s What Friends Are For A Tale Of Two Sisters Love Means Saying "I'm Sorry" Cross Prayers The Gift You Won't Want To Return A Journey With God: Love Means Saying "I'm Sorry" Luke 19:1-10Let me start with this.Let me start with this. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of...

A Journey With God #1: That’s What Friends Are For

That’s What Friends Are For A Tale Of Two Sisters Love Means Saying "I'm Sorry" Cross Prayers The Gift You Won't Want To Return A Journey With God: That’s What Friends Are For Luke 5:17-26This last week, my dad’s incredible journey through this life came to an end....

Carving Out A Great Life For Yourself

Carving Out A Great Life For Yourself I Samuel 21:1-9There is a story about a monastery in Portugal perched high on a 300-foot cliff. The only way the monastery can be reached is by a terrifying ride in a swinging basket pulled on a single rope by several monks. One...

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...

Rising To The Occasion-Once And For All

Rising To The Occasion-Once And For All Luke 24:1-12Her name was Carol Johnson. She was the organist at her church. She was an outstanding musician, but she did something no organist or preacher should ever do. She overslept on Easter Sunday morning, and missed the...

Born To Lose, Or Twice-Born Winners?

Born To Lose, Or Twice-Born Winners? Psalm 119:49-56My guess is that you are familiar with the old couplet that goes like this: Sticks and stones may break my bones, But words will never hurt me. Of course, that's a lie. The truth is that words can hurt, and they can...