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Two-Thirds Of God Is Go!

Two-Thirds Of God Is Go!November 9, 1997 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Genesis 12:1-9; Matthew 9:9-13Some years ago, the late Dr. Bruce Thielemann preached a sermon under the title: “Two-Thirds of God is Go!” The title intrigued me then; it intrigues me still....

No Vacancy

No Vacancy   December 24, 1996 | First Presbyterian Church OrlandoMy name is Eliazor Ben Yakkov, but I suppose that's not so very important. The year is 34 A.D. The place, the little town of Bethlehem. That is important. I am an innkeeper. I operate a small hotel...

Starburst In A Time Of Storm

Starburst In A Time Of Storm Luke 2:8-14A friend I know set out to try to make Christmas an especially significant faith experience for his family one year. And so three weeks before Christmas, he bought a manger scene to use in teaching his children the real meaning...

Home Improvement #4: Teenagers: The People God Didn’t Create

The Commandment You Can't Always Obey What Adam Should Have Learned About Eve What Eve Should Have Learned About Adam Teenagers: The People God Didn’t Create Growing Old Without Getting Old Lessons Learned From Two Adoptive Dads The Gripes Of Wrath: Love's Number One...

It’s Never Been Easy To Be A Father!

It's Never Been Easy To Be A Father! Luke 2:41-52No sermon is so bad that you can't get one good thing out of it. No book is so bad that you can't get one good idea from its pages. No movie is so bad that you can't find one good line within it.No sermon is so bad that...

Mary: Portrait Of A Powerful Faith

Mary: Portrait Of A Powerful Faith Luke 1:26-35There was one line in the television commercial which I can’t seem to get out of my mind… The commercial to which I refer is the one produced by the Mercedes Benz Automobile Company. It showed a Mercedes Benz being rammed...

Christmas in the Carols #6: What Child Is This?

Joy To The World Hark, The Herald Angels Sing We Three Kings Of Orient Are O Little Town Of Bethlehem Away In The Manger What Child Is This? O Come All Ye Faithful There's A Song In The Air Angels From The Realms Of Glory It Came Upon A Midnight Clear The First Noel...

The Claims of the Christ #7: I Am The Alpha And The Omega

I Am The Bread Of Life I Am The Door I Am The Bright Morning Star I Am The Way, The Truth, And The Life I Am The Resurrection And The Life I Am The Good Shepherd I Am The Alpha And The Omega The Claims of the Christ: I Am The Alpha And The Omega Revelation 1:1-8If you...

Christmas Dreams #4: Fulfillment

Embarrassment Banishment Postponement Fulfillment Christmas Dreams: FulfillmentDecember 25, 1988 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Matthew 2:22-23"What kind of preacher do you have?" a man asked an acquaintance. "He is a lighter of lamps in a dark world," came the...

Christmas Dreams #3: Postponement

Embarrassment Banishment Postponement Fulfillment Christmas Dreams: PostponementDecember 18, 1988 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Matthew 2:19-21Think with me about Joseph, the carpenter of Nazareth, the man most often forgotten at the manger… Just north of...

Christmas Dreams #2: Banishment

Embarrassment Banishment Postponement Fulfillment Christmas Dreams: BanishmentDecember 11, 1988 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Matthew 2:13-16It actually happened in a church I know… A worried mother phoned the church office on the afternoon before the Sunday...

Christmas Dreams #1: Embarrassment

Embarrassment Banishment Postponement Fulfillment Christmas Dreams: Embarrassment Matthew 1:18-25He is, I think, the forgotten figure of the Christmas story. I refer to Joseph, the carpenter of Nazareth… Our Christmas cards portray the Babe in Bethlehem, the mother...

The Day Jesus Was Lost And Found

The Day Jesus Was Lost And Found Luke 2:41-51Jesus of Nazareth is the most talked about, the most investigated, the most researched, the most studied figure in all of human history. Yet in spite of that, we have only one recorded incident from His childhood. It is...