Like a roomful of dominoes standing on their ends in a conga line around a room, Jackie Robinson was the first domino to fall that opened the way for Major League Sports to be integrated.
Human beings are naturally self-centered. In fact so are other animals. No one gives a hot dog to one dog among 3 and expects him to share. This trait manifests itself early in life. Infants and toddlers expect, even demand, to be the center of attention.
Deuteronomy 30:11-20, Matthew 5:21-42 – February 16, 2020 I have to say that this morning’s passage would not be my first choice for a “two days after Valentine’s Day Sermon. A sermon on murder, anger, adultery, lust, divorce, and swearing is not what I would call perfect timing for Valentines. Last week we read thatContinue reading “Response Ability”
Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12) Matthew 5:13-16, 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) — February 9, 2020 INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 58:1-9A Israel has strictly followed the law regarding fasting, but God seems not to take notice because they were pursuing their own interests, quarreling and fighting and oppressing others. God prefers they fast from those activities. Hear the word of theContinue reading “Salt & Light Living”
In case you haven’t heard, I did not win the lottery. I did not win because I did not purchase a ticket. I decided to keep my dollar. As one man said, “I went to Las Vegas recently. I lost my car, I lost my watch, I lost my money. I lost everything but myContinue reading “Faith Lift: Gamble on God”
This prayer is one that I submit as a follow up to my last Sunday’s sermon Lord, teach us the difference between being happy and experiencing joy. Adjust our attitudes to realize we have nothing without you in our lives, and that we are blessed when we’re on top of the world and when we’reContinue reading “Faith Lift: May We Live in Such a Way”
Micah 6:1-8, Matthew 5:1-12 — February 2, 2020 Sermon “Have a blessed day.” How does being told to have one of those change your life? Were you not planning on having one until the checkout clerk told you to? I guess it’s an improvement from “Have a nice day.” or the innocuous, “Have a goodContinue reading “Change of Heart”
In 1990, a seminary intern serving at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina prayed a simple prayer: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat,” That prayer inspired a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world. HisContinue reading “Faith Lift: Souper Bowl of Caring”
Psalm 40, John 1:29-42 — January 19, 2020 Sermon Welcome.I thank you for extending me the call to serve as your interim bass player and pastor for the next six months and counting. I say “and counting” because my first call to be an Interim Pastor was at Westminster Presbyterian in Odessa, Texas in 2010.Continue reading “Make Disciples”
It was a joy to share a first Sunday with you. I know the service went a little long, but I will eventually get the kinks worked out Many thanks to Jo Ann and Gerald and Joel for their help in acclimating me to how things are done, and responding to some of my “fresh eyes” questions. WeContinue reading “Faith Lift: Shout of Joy”