The Will To Bear Fruit

  THE WILL TO BEAR FRUIT COLOSSIANS 1:1-11 Listen To The Will To Bear Fruit     Often, before I begin preaching, I will give thanks for something that has happened during the past week. But since we are talking about giving thanks today I thought I would begin my sermon with something I am […]

Love in War

LOVE IN WAR 2 SAMUEL 8:15-9:13 Listen to Love in War   Perhaps today you are feeling like David at the beginning of this passage. Large and in charge. Blessed in that things are going well in your life. Every door has opened. Maybe you don’t have everything you want but you have enough to […]

Let Love Go

LET LOVE GO JOHN 20:1-18 Listen To Let Love Go Mary must  have thought it was the cruelest joke in all of history. The Gospel of John tells us that Mary Magdalene was there at the foot of the cross watching her Lord and her hope die, naked and ashamed on a cross.  She had […]

The Father’s Love

The Father’s Love Listen To No Greater Love Good Friday Sermon Listen To Let Love Go Easter Sermon     NO GREATER LOVE JOHN 15:1-17   Jesus tells us that there is no greater love a man can have than to lay his life down for his friends. So I went searching for some stories […]

Love Endures Disappointment

Love Endures Disappointment Romans 5:1-5 Listen To Love Endures Disappointment                 When I was in High School I used to wake up for breakfast and watch Good Morning America every morning. I must have been a senior in High School when Good Morning America came on one morning with what the show said was startling […]

Love Communicates Truth

LOVE COMMUNICATES TRUTH   2 TIMOTHY 2:14-26 2 Peter 3:8-13 Listen To Love Communicates Truth   A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position. As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, […]

Love Accepts Weakness

Love Accepts Weakness 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Psalm 69 Romans 15 :1-7 Listen To Love Accepts Weakness     “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.”  Even if you are not a movie fan you probably recognize this quote from the famous 1994 movie Forrest Gump. The […]

All Is Not Lost

ALL IS NOT LOST PSALM 29 ACTS 27:13-25 Read Irene Erdei’s Obituary  Listen To All Is Not Lost                   “Is that a Noam?” That was my first thought as I walked up to Irene’s apartment door in the Talbot retirement home for the first time. For those of you who never went to Irene’s […]

Let Love In

LET LOVE IN ISAIAH 61:1-4 ASH WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 14, 2018 LISTEN TO LET LOVE IN   Isaiah’s message in chapter 61 is pretty simple.   The Spirit of the LORD is here. The time has come. To exchange beauty for ashes. The oil of gladness instead of mourning. The garment of praise instead of a […]

Love Empties Itself

LOVE EMPTIES ITSELF 1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-7 PHILLIPANS 2: 1-10 1 KINGS 17:7-16 Listen To Love Empties Itself   If love is not self seeking what is the opposite of self seeking? Paul gives us the answer in the letter to the Philippians. His answer is the first answer we learn in Sunday school as a […]