Sermons

April 5, 2015 — “Jesus — Who Do We Say He Is?,” Mark 16:1-8; 8:29

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April 12, 2012 — “Easter’s Second Miracle,” John 20:19-31

Easter’s Second Miracle John 20:19-31 April 12, 2015 I love the story about the Texas rancher who one day bought ten small ranches and put them together to create the largest spread in the Lone Star State. One day a fellow cowboy asked him, “Say, what are you calling your new place?” “Well,” he said, “one thing I didn’t want to do was to forget the history and the heritage behind this big old piece of land. So, I have named my new ranch The Circle Q, Lazy B, Golden Horseshoe, Bent Arrow, Sleepy T, Triple O Ranch.” “My gracious!” exclaimed his friend. “I’ll be you have got a might big head of...

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March 29, 2015 — “Defining Moments: Jesus In Triumph & Tragedy,” Mark 11:1-11; 15:25-32

Defining Moments: Jesus In Triumph & Tragedy Mark 11:1-11; 15:25-32 Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015 At the end of the American Revolution, great unrest existed among the original thirteen colonies and their leaders. While they had won the war over the British, the infant America was finding it difficult to live out the guiding principles of a republic in its day-to-day affairs. In short, the thirteen independent colonies were struggling to operate as one when it came to financial responsibilities and to making unified decisions. In the midst of the unrest, one of George Washington’s...

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March 22, 2015 — “Jesus & Barabas,” Mark 15:6-15

Jesus & Barabas Mark 15:6-15 March 22, 2015 Back in 1985, the editors at Sports Illustrated magazine realized that the release date for one of their editions that year would be on April Fool’s Day. As a result, they asked writer George Plimpton to do a story about some of the most famous April Fool’s Day jokes in the history of sports. When he did the research, however, George Plimpton couldn’t find many good examples. So, rather than writing a story about famous April Fool’s Day jokes, he created a fictional store that was an April Fool’s Day joke of his own. The story, which appeared...

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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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