Sermons Archive

March 30, 2014—”Giving Up Our Fear of Death,” John 11:17-27

Giving Up Our Fear of Death First Baptist Church · The Fourth Sunday of Lent John 11:17-27 March 30, 2014  I love the story that is told about a particular bank in Binghamton, New York. The bank was aware that a local competitor was moving into a new building in town. As a way of promoting friendship among competitors and sharing their well wishes, they decided to send an arrangement of flowers to their local nemesis on the day the new facility opened. The order was handled by a local florist who was also working on an arrangement that was to be delivered to a funeral being held in town on...

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March 23, 2014—”Giving Up Our Unrealistic Limitations,” John 9:1-25

Giving Up Our Unrealistic Limitations First Baptist Church · The Third Sunday of Lent John 9:1-25 March 23, 2014 Many of us have been captivated by the two-week-old search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370. When the plane went missing two Saturdays ago, the expectation was that in all likelihood the crash had been caused by some type of mechanical failure or pilot error and that the wreckage would soon be discovered somewhere along the planned route between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. Those were the original obvious theories. But, with each passing day more and more possibilities have begun to...

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March 16, 2014—”Giving Up Our Expectations,” Genesis 12:1-4; John 3:1-17

Giving Up Our Expectations First Baptist Church · The Second Sunday of Lent Genesis 12:1-4; John 3:1-17 March 16, 2014 I suspect that like me when you hear the term “yachting” your mind goes toward wealthy people spending their summer leisure time gliding across the water on beautiful, expansive vessels. Without question, the word “yachting” conjures up images and ideas as to what it means to be on a yacht and to go out for an afternoon sail. In recent weeks, though, the idea of yachting has been completely redefined by the renewal of a sport that is actually over a century old but that is a...

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March 9, 2014—”Giving Up Our Control”

Giving Up Our Control First Baptist Church · Fifth Sunday of Lent March 9, 2014 In 1950, Zenith helped instigate the process of revolutionizing early American television by introducing sets equipped with a featured called Lazy Bones Remote Control. This early version of the remote was actually a device connected to the tv by a chord. By 1955, though, Zenith moved beyond the Lazy Bones model to a new remote called the “Flash Matic.” This device was wireless and looked like a flash light. By aiming it at the corners of the set, one could either tune the picture or adjust the volume. While the...

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March 2, 2014—”Being Ready…,” Matthew 26:26-30

Being Ready… Matthew 26:26-30 Sunday, March 2, 2014 Monday and Tuesday, February 10 & 11, were interesting days in our community. If you remember, those were the two days leading up to the big ice and snowstorm that hit South Carolina. If your house was anything like our house, and I suspect it was, then a huge focus of those two days was getting ready for what appeared to be ahead. At our home getting ready included several things: we bought groceries, stocked up on batteries, moved wood for the fireplace to a dry spot, prepared the air mattress in case we needed to sleep in the den due...

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February 16, 2014—”Growing Out: Redefining Love,” I Thessalonians 2:17-3:13; 4:9-12

Growing Out: Redefining Love I Thessalonians 2:17-3:13; 4:9-12 February 16, 2014 You will no doubt remember that incredible Tsunami that hit Japan back in March of 2011 following a 9.0 earthquake. The two punch natural disaster caused devastation and death in an unimaginable way. The events also led to another disaster with far reaching implications when the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant was also damaged and emitted radiation into the atmosphere. The effects of it all will no doubt continue to be felt for years and years to come. Equally amazing was the Japanese response to the disaster....

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