Sermons

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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June 29, 2014—”Live Beyond Yourself,” Proverbs 3:27-28

Live Beyond Yourself Proverbs 3:27-28 First Baptist Church Laurens June 29, 2014 The classic children’s book The Giving Tree is a favorite to many of us. Believe it or not, Shel Silverstein’s book is now over 40 years old which makes me feel old! Recently I was rereading this wonderful work when I noticed something that I had never recognized before. In the book, it is the tree that always gives to the boy just as the title suggests. When the boy is young the tree gives him apples from its branches, a place to climb and play as well as shade to rest under. When the boy returns to...

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June 22, 2014—”Play Often,” Proverbs 24:13-14

Play Often Proverbs 24:13-14 First Baptist Church Laurens June 22, 2014 You might recall that last fall we offered a study for adults on Sunday nights of a book called Dangerous Wonder. Dangerous Wonder was written a number of years ago by a man named Mike Yaconelli. Yaconelli is now deceased but for a number of years he was a leading voice in ministry with students. He was also a bit of a lone voice from time to time who liked to push believers and their thinking. I admired Yaconelli and I have enjoyed Dangerous Wonder both times I have read it. As you likely heard me say a couple of times...

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