Sermons

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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June 15, 2014—”Rest Well,” Proverbs 24:30-34; Exodus 20:8-11

Rest Well Proverbs 24:30-34; Exodus 20:8-11 Finding the Good Life Sunday, June 15, 2014 When we lived in Atlanta, we had some good friends who bought a boat. Now, let me rephrase that — what I should say is that we had good friends where the wife allowed her husband to buy a boat despite her reservations about it. In all fairness to him, her reservations were not the cost or his desire to invest in something that would allow them to have fun together as a family or to get his mind off his busy, professional life. She was all for both of those possibilities. No, her reservation about the boat...

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June 8, 2014—”Work Hard,” Proverbs 6:6-8

Work Hard Proverbs 6:6-8 Finding the Good Life Sunday, June 8, 2014 When I was a child, our family always subscribed to Reader’s Digest magazine. And, for many of our early years of marriage, Ann Marie and I continued to subscribe to the magazine as well. During those years, every month when the latest issue came in the mail, I most enjoyed reading the sections that included funny stories sent it by people like you and me. As you may recall, one column each month was “Life in these United States”, another was related to stories from the armed forces and other civic occupations and was called...

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