Second Sunday after Epiphany (A): A Witness to the Lamb

Of the four Gospels, John presents what we call the "highest Christology." From the outset, the Gospel of John presents Jesus as "the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (v. 1). No mention is made of Mary and Joseph. No shepherds came from the hills to behold the baby Jesus, and no wise men came from afar to worship Him with gifts. While John recognizes the humanity of Jesus, this gospel writer wants us to understand very clearly, "Jesus is the Logos" (Word), and this Word is God.

A Life Worth Living: Sermons on the 23rd Psalm

Title: Living with Faith Text: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1) Introduction: Dr. Charles Allen, beloved Methodist minister, tells the story of a friend who came to see him one day. His friend was nervous, tense, and he had literally worried himself sick. The man's physician had suggested that he see his minister. They talked for awhile, and then Allen took a pad of paper from his desk drawer. "If you went to see a doctor, he would give you a prescription, and that's what I want to do," Allen said. "Take the prescription exactly as I write it. Five times a day for seven days I want you to read prayerfully and carefully the twenty-third psalm. When you awaken, before each meal and at bedtime, read the psalm." Charles Allen says that in a week his friend returned literally a different person.