Sermons Archive

March 15, 2015 — “Defining Moments: Jesus And The Church Goers,” Mark 14:53-65

Defining Moments: Jesus And The Church Goers Mark 14:53-65 First Baptist Church Laurens March 15, 2015   Rich Doebler, who is a pastor in Minnesota, once wrote in a book about an experience he had on a vacation with his children. On that particular trip, they were in the Northern part of Minnesota and happened by a small county fair. It just so happened that they stopped there at a time when the fair was rather empty and few people in line for the rides. Doebler and his children in turn felt like they had come upon a gold mine. They could have the rides all to themselves and this...

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March 1, 2015 — “Defining Moments: Jesus In the Garden,” Mark 14:32-42

Defining Moments: Jesus In the Garden Mark 14:32-42 The Second Sunday of Lent, March 1, 2015   Back when best selling author John Grisham was getting started as a writer, he was still working fifty or sixty hours a week as a full time attorney in a small Mississippi town. In those days, in order to make space for writing, Grisham rose early in the morning and did his best to arrive at his office by 5:30am. He kept this same schedule for five years in order to give himself a couple of hours or so each day to write before he transitioned into his day job as a lawyer. In fact, Grisham...

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February 22, 2015 — “Defining Moments: Jesus At The Table,” Mark 14:12-17, 22-25

Defining Moments: Jesus At The Table Mark 14:12-17, 22-25 February 22, 2015 In 2015, it is astounding how many people use the Internet service known as Facebook. Young and old alike are almost addicted to the opportunity that Facebook provides to share what’s happening in our daily lives and to catch up on what’s going on in the lives of others. It really has become the place today where we talk about our children and grandchildren, do a little bragging and, dare I say it, catch up on the latest gossip near and far. Today, 58% of Americans have a Facebook account and there is a...

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February 15, 2015 — “Relationships & Our Comfort Zones,” Mark 1:40-45

  Relationships & Our Comfort Zones Mark 1:40-45 February 15, 2015 If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin, unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. The famous American poet Emily Dickinson once penned those words. But the truth is that I am not sure, based on her life story, that Dickinson ever really came to experience through the actions of another person those same words that she wrote. Dickinson, who lived from 1830 until 1886, was a rather prolific writer and poet...

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February 8, 2015, — “Relationships & Our Limitations,” Mark 1:29-39

  Relationships & Our Limitations Mark 1:29-39 Sunday, February 8, 2015 Some of you may have been watching back in early November of last year when tightrope walker Nik Wallenda stepped out into a cold, windy Chicago night while carefully making his way across a single rope suspended between two downtown skyscrapers. The walk was broadcast live on TV around the country. With the accomplishment, Wallenda firmly cemented himself as perhaps the greatest tightrope walker of our day. Nik Wallenda, however, may not have anything of Charles Blondin who is regarded by most of having been...

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February 1, 2015 — “Oppose the Obvious Evil,” Mark 1:21-29

  Oppose the Obvious Evil Mark 1:21-29 February 1, 2015   One of my favorite stories from the late southern comedian Jerry Clower was his tale about the Ledbetter family patriarch Uncle Versee and his concern one night at a church deacon meeting focused on a decision to buy new chandeliers for the sanctuary. As the discussion continued Uncle Versee stood up and said, “well friends I am against it. First, we are a poor church and I don’t think we can afford such luxuries. Second, we are not an educated church and I don’t think any of us can spell...

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