Sermons

November 2, 2014—”An Unexpected Twelve,” Luke 6:12-16

An Unexpected Twelve Luke 6:12-16 November 2, 2014 Several weeks ago while driving, I ran across a radio interview with a fella by the name of Franz Wisner. Back a few years ago, Franz was preparing for the biggest day of his life – his wedding day. Franz was to marry the woman of his dreams in a lavish ceremony followed by a two week honeymoon to Costa Rica. Then, the unexpected happened. Only days before the ceremony, his fiancé called and said she couldn’t go through with it and called off the wedding. Unfortunately, by the time of her call, everything was well underway. People were...

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October 26, 2014—”Thomas – Doubts Are Welcome Here,” John 20:24-29

Thomas – Doubts Are Welcome Here John 20:24-29 October 26, 2014 This past weekend, I had the privilege of visiting with an old friend of mine whose name is Steve Skaggs. Steve and I served on staff together in Western Kentucky. He is now retired from Music Ministry but in retirement serves as the pastor of a small, rural church in the beautiful central Kentucky farm country. It was a real treat to see Steve and his wife Shirley and to have the chance to share with his leadership last Saturday and then to preach for his people last Sunday morning and evening as part of their Fall Renewal...

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October 12, 2014 — “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, 2014 — “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, 2014 — “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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