Sermons

December 14, 2014 — “Christmas Lights,” John 1:1-14

Christmas Lights John 1:1-14; 1920 December 14, 2014 On December 22, 1882,at the Fifth Avenue home of Edward Johnson in New York City, the history of Christmas in America changed forever. Johnson worked for inventor Thomas Edison. Two years early, also during the Christmas season, Edison had demonstrated for all to see the first working strand of electric lights when he displayed them outside of his Menlo Park, New Jersey home. Two years later, Johnson developed a novel idea by tweaking the Edison invention of a strand of electric lights. For Christmas that year, he had a special strand of...

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December 7, 2014 — “Three Gifts: Our Christmas Offering”

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November 30, 2014 — “Christmas Dinner,” Mark 13:24-37

Christmas Dinner Mark 13:24-37 November 30, 2014 With expectations often comes the need for preparation. What I mean by that statement is that much of the time, when there are events on the horizon that we are looking forward to, part of our anticipation involves the need to also prepare for those same future activities. Christmas dinners are a classic example of this truth. Just like the experience that many of us just enjoyed with Thanksgiving, Christmas meals with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers or members of our Sunday School class involve both lots of anticipation and preparation....

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November 23, 2014—”Where Gratitude Leads Us,” John 1:43-51

November 23, 2014 Worship from Rickey Letson on Vimeo. Where Gratitude Leads Us John 1:43-51 November 23, 2014 Most of us, if not practically all of us gathered for worship today, are unfamiliar with the name Karen Jacobson. But, many of us in this room hear from Karen every day. As a matter of fact, roughly 25 million people on average are listening to advice from Karen at virtually any moment of any day. Who is the Australian born Karen Jacobson? She is the real life person behind the most popular voice used on GPS systems. Nicknamed “Australian Karen”, she is the one who helps us find our...

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November 16, 2014—”The Danger of Waiting,” John 1:43-51

The Danger of Waiting John 1:43-51 November 16, 2014 I suspect that most of you have a tool around your house that is similar to the one that I hold in my hand this morning. For those of you who are sitting further away from the pulpit than others, what I am holding is a basic screwdriver. The only difference between this screwdriver and other screwdrivers is that the end of this particular one can easily be changed out. In other words, there is a compartment in the handle where the various possible end pieces are kept. In short, this allows for this same tool to be used whether one needs a...

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November 9, 2014—”The Depths of Failure & Forgiveness,” Matthew 26:17-22; 27:3-10

The Depths of Failure & Forgiveness Matthew 26:17-22; 27:3-10 November 9, 2014 The Judge is a movie currently showing at theaters all around the United States. While I am not endorsing the film, I find the premise to be very real. The movie stars Robert Duvall as a long time, beloved judge in a small town in Indiana and Robert Downey Jr. as Duvall’s adult son who has moved away from small town life to become a prominent attorney in Chicago. In the film, the father and son, who have distanced themselves from one another over the years, are forced back into each other’s lives when the...

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