Sermon Archives

February 22, 2015

Yes, Tommy, There Are Aliens

Yes, Tommy, There Are Aliens

I’ve been a confirmation teacher for fifteen years now, and honestly, there’s not much that surprises me anymore.  For example, when I ask, “Who is the Apostle Paul?” I usually get this answer: “Some guy in the Bible.”  If I ask, “Who was Noah’s wife?” the answer back is often “Joan of Arc.”  Or when […]

February 15, 2015

How to Tame Lions

How to Tame Lions

As this chapter opens Daniel is second in command over the entire kingdom. King Darius likes and admires Daniel, but the king’s ministers are jealous.  They try to find something corrupt about Daniel, but they fail. Daniel had no obvious moral weaknesses: He lived so consciously in God’s presence that he was a man “above […]

February 8, 2015

God’s Graffiti

God's Graffiti

The year is 539 BC, nearly 70 years since Daniel arrived as an exile from Jerusalem. King Nebuchadnezzar has been dead for 24 years and his grandson Belshazzar sits on the throne of the shrinking empire centered in the great city of Babylon.  Outside the massive walls the mighty Persian army surrounded the city. Inside […]

February 1, 2015

The King Who Went Crazy For God

The King Who Went Crazy For God

How far will God go to get his message across to us? The answer is not hard to find. God will do whatever it takes to make sure we get the message. But what if we don’t want to hear what God has to say? If we choose not to listen to God, then God […]

January 25, 2015

The Prayer of Relinquishment

The philosopher Socrates is quoted as saying, “Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.”  And I agree.  But, I must also admit that I have a bad habit of telling God how I want things to turn out.  I’m quick to tell God what I […]

January 18, 2015

Trial By Fire

Trial By Fire

Two summers ago, our family visited Gettysburg National Park.  Being a history nut, I insisted we take all the tours.  I wanted my kids to learn about the great battle that occurred in this tiny Pennsylvania town, where Union and Confederate forces struggled over the future of our country. The town itself was full of […]

January 11, 2015

When the Bottom Falls Out

When the Bottom Falls Out

What do you do when the bottom falls out?  If it’s a full grocery sack, you shed a few tears and get out the mop.  But what do you do when the bottom falls out of your life – your career, your family’s security, your health?  What do you do when things go horribly wrong?  […]

January 4, 2015

Dare to Be a Daniel

Dare to Be a Daniel

The key to this passage is found in the very first verse: “But Daniel resolved …” The King James Version says, “But Daniel purposed in his heart.” Another translation says he “made up his mind.” Whatever the translation, everything flows from Daniel’s decision. Daniel and his friends are in Babylon, having been torn away from […]

December 24, 2014

When Jesus Came – and Comes!

When Jesus Came - and Comes!

Some surprises are good surprises: friends throw you a birthday party, you get a letter from a friend, you receive an unexpected gift, the pregnancy test is positive, a hoped for promotion comes through, or an opportunity presents itself.  Other surprises are not so good: the dryer quits, the car blows a tire, the tax […]

December 21, 2014

How Jesus Came – and Comes!

How Jesus Came - and Comes!

We like to be dazzled and entertained, especially at Christmas.  We like to have our senses galvanized with spectacle and pageants.  We’re attracted to shiny things, moving images, and pretty colors.  Madison Avenue knows this, which is why marketing experts can shape public opinion by presenting images that are believable and sellable. I often wonder […]

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