Sermons

October 8, 2012 — “Thaddeus — The Limits of Force,” John 14:22-23

In his autobiography titled Climbing the Mountain, actor Kirk Douglas recalls accepting a bit part in a Sylvester Stallone movie. His role was to play the father to Stallone’s character who was a wayward criminal. Laying on his deathbed, Douglas has Stallone come closer and closer to him under the guise of imparting some final words. Yet, when Stallone is within arms- length, Douglas whacks him across the head. “What was that for?” Stallone’s character asks. “It is for being a gangster – you lie, steal and shoot people!” Douglas, as the father...

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October 5, 2012 — “Matthew — Blooming Where We Are Planted,” Luke 5:27-32

Matthew — Blooming Where We Are Planted Luke 5:27-32 October 5, 2014 Several years ago, I became acquainted with a physician who I developed a deep respect for. There were several reasons this was the case but one of the main reasons was due to the peculiar route he had followed toward becoming a doctor. You see, he began his adult working life in a very different type of job. Starting out, his career path was much more blue-collar and labor intensive than white collar and professional. One day though, he decided that he wanted to be a doctor. He was incredible intelligent, very driven and...

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September 28, 2014—”John – How God Feels About All of Us,” John 13:21-25

John – How God Feels About All of Us John 13:21-25 First Baptist Church · September 28, 2014 An older gentleman with whom we once went to church stands out vividly in my mind any time I think about the subject of love.e was a mountain of a man. Well over six feet tall and weighing in at 250 plus pounds. Any time I saw him, he always gave me a big bear hug. When I say bear hug, I mean bear hug. He offered it with affection and yet it would almost take my breath away. In the midst of the bear hug, which he gave to lots of folks, he would call you beloved. Now, granted, that was an odd thing to...

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September 21, 2012 — “James – Leaving It all Behind”, Matthew 20:20-28

James – Leaving It all Behind Matthew 20:20-28 First Baptist Church · September 21, 2014 One of the most interesting church characters I have ever met was a man named Bob who was a member of the small church I pastored while in seminary. Bob was a good man, but, he had a number of quirky characteristics. He struggled socially, hated crowds, wanted no roles of responsibility yet loved to do behind the scenes chores and oscillated between being very involved one month and completely off the radar screen the next. What was remarkable to me however was that most of the people in the church loved...

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September 14, 2014 — “Andrew: Loving Those We Know the Best”, Matthew 4:18-22; John 1:35-42

Andrew: Loving Those We Know the Best Matthew 4:18-22; John 1:35-42 First Baptist Church · September 14, 2014 This past Monday, a giant among Baptist laypeople died when Truett Cathy passed away at the age of 93. As many of you know, Cathy became famous as the founder of Chick-Fil-A. Beyond becoming a billionaire from chicken sandwiches, Truett Cathy was a profound person of faith. We all know about the Chick-Fil-A decision to close on Sundays and many of you are familiar with the camps and retreat centers that Cathy helped found under the overarching name of WinShape which is a compound...

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September 7, 2014 — “Peter – The Courage to be Right & Wrong”, Matthew 14:22-36

Peter – The Courage to be Right & Wrong Matthew 14:22-36 First Baptist Church Laurens, September 7, 2014 This summer, I have enjoyed becoming acquainted with the British novelist David Downing and his World War II character John Russell. Russell is a British journalist stationed is Nazi Berlin who becomes an unlikely spy for the Allies. In the first book in the series which is set in the 1930s before the war begins, Russell befriends a Jewish family living in Germany who is afraid for their lives. The father has been sent to a concentration camp and the mother is trying to escape...

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