Sermon briefs highlight Advent themes, texts

December 1, 1991Hurry Up and Wait(1 Thessalonians 3:9-13)The wee hours were our time, my Dad and me. After wives and children were in bed, after whatever late shows we set ourselves and the set to watch, after ...

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October 6, 1991Broken Marriage(Mark 10:1-12)One young woman told her pastor, "I'm waiting to find a Christian husband, and then I'll have a Christian marriage." I wish it were that simple. We all wish it were t...

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August 4, 1991Who Can Figure?(2 Samuel 12:15b-24)Roman Catholic piety draws a sharp distinction between the forms of our contrition, the motives of our repentance. "Imperfect contrition" is self-centered. It's ...

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June 2, 1991The Law of the Sabbath: Mercy(Mark 2:23-3:6)This scriptural incident written by Mark begins innocently enough. Coming to a field of ripened grain, the men did what they probably had done for years. ...

Sermon briefs feature texts from Gospel of John

April 7, 1991A New Hope(John 20:19-31)A greeting to the common ear among Jewish people is an integral part of this passage. It is the greeting of Shalom, Peace.The disciples were certainly at their lowest point...

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February 3, 1991Free to Be Different(1 Corinthians 8:1-13)Paul speaks often and regularly about the freedom of the Gospel. It is a major theme in several of his letters to the churches. One might even say freed...

Seasonal sermon briefs offer helpful ideas

December 2, 1990Watching for His Coming(Mark 13:32-27)It is ironic that as we begin Advent, we do so using a text which focuses on the parousia -- the return of Christ. Yet Jesus provides an important truth in ...

Sermon briefs highlight texts from Exodus

August 5, 1990The Passover: Remembrance and Hope(Exodus 12:1-14)Sometimes actions do speak louder than words! The Jewish passover spoke volumes about the faith of the Israelite people. Rather than entrusting it...

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June 3, 1990Now Concerning Spiritual Gifts(1 Corinthians 12:1-11)Celebrations are important. Birthdays. Graduations. Weddings. Anniversaries. Each plays an important part in our family life. But you can't live ...