Sermons

August 31,2014 — “Discover Contentment,” Proverbs 14:30

Discover Contentment Proverbs 14:30 First Baptist Church · August 31, 2014 Back in October of 1967, singers Tammy Wynette and David Houston combined for a duet that went to number 1 on the country music charts. The song which would go on to be covered by other artists of the era like Andy Williams, The Everly Brothers, Nancy Sinatra and Bobby Vinton, was called My Elusive Dreams. If you happen to remember that track then you may recall that the song is the story of a couple struggling to find contentment. With each passing verse, they travel all over the United States looking for happiness....

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August 24, 2014 — “Going Through the Roof,” Mark 2:1-12

Going Through the Roof Mark 2:1-12 First Baptist Church · August 24, 2014 By now, I am sure that most of you have heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge. In fact, I suspect that many of you like Carl, Tommy, Adair and myself have participated in the challenge which is connected to raising awareness and donations for the ALS Foundation which is more commonly known as Lou Gherig’s Disease. If you are not familiar with the Ice Bucket Challenge it is really rather simple. A person pours a bucket of ice-cold water over their head all while being recorded by someone else. During the recording, they...

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August 10, 2014—”Give Freely,” Proverbs 11:24

Give Freely Proverbs 11:24 First Baptist Church Laurens August 10, 2014 MJ Ryan, the author of the book The Giving Heart tells the story of a friend of his who had struggled with lupus for over 20 years. With each passing year, life became more and more difficult for her. Once a successful graphic artist, the combination of pain, medication and side effects had left her almost completely dependent on other people. As a result, it was easy for her to be down on herself and her life. On day, however, she made an unexpected decision. She decided to go and begin to volunteer at a local soup...

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August 3, 2014—”Talk Less,” Proverbs 10:18-21

Talk Less Proverbs 10:18-21 Sunday, August 3, 2014 The 30th President of the United States was Calvin Coolidge. Coolidge was President for a large portion of the 1920s taking office when Warren Harding died while Coolidge was his Vice President. One of the characteristics of Coolidge was the fact that he was a man of few words. In fact, His nickname was Silent Cal. If you remember, The Andy Griffith show played on this nickname. You might recall that a running joke about Coolidge continued throughout the series. Often times as an obscure quote was given, Floyd the Barber, who fancied himself...

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July 13, 2014—”Live with Joy,” Proverbs 17:22

Live with Joy Proverbs 17:22 First Baptist Church Laurens July 13, 2014   When I think about our text for today, I am reminded of a story from Rosita Forbes who was a travel writer for many years back in early part of the last century. Ms. Forbes once wrote about a trip she made to China. One evening while there, she ended up spending the night in a small out of the way village. Because there was no hotel room available in the community and no family for her to spend the night with, Ms. Forbes made a bed for herself and slept in the village temple. During the night, she woke up to a...

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July 6, 2014—”Freeing Ourselves from Tomorrow,” Proverbs 27:1

Freeing Ourselves from Tomorrow Proverbs 27:1 First Baptist Church Laurens July 6, 2014 The first community that Ann Marie and I lived in while married was the small town of Castalia, North Carolina. At the time, and, I would assume still today, Castalia has a population of roughly 500 people on a good day. One of the things I remember about that community is that the city limit signs proclaimed Castalia as “the place to be on the 4th of July”. This came from the fact that Castalia hosted an annual 4th of July celebration complete with a parade, entertainment, food, prayers for America and a...

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