Sermons

July 19, 2015 — “Bethesda – Staying Where We Are,” John 5:1-18

Bethesda – Staying Where We Are John 5:1-18 July 19, 2015 Back in 1938, the United States Congress voted to build a National Naval Medical Center. Eventually, President Franklin Roosevelt got involved in choosing a location where the center would be built. According to the story, one day Roosevelt was driving around what at the time was Maryland farm country when he and his driver came upon the small community of Bethesda. When he heard the name, Roosevelt remembered the story from the New Testament of Jesus healing a man at the pool of Bethesda as told in John’s gospel. Remembering...

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July 12, 2015 — “Taking A Stay-Cation,” Mark 5:18-20

Taking A Stay-Cation Mark 5:18-20 July 12, 2015 Back several years ago, Ann Marie and I decided that we would save some money when it came time for our annual vacation. Rather than going to the beach or the mountains or to another popular vacation destination, we decided to spend a week at my family’s farm in South Central Tennessee. That secluded, peaceful spot has a nice little A-Frame cabin on it that is perfect for an overnight or a weekend and we had done that several times before. But, it had never been a place that we had considered spending a whole week. In the end though it was a...

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July 5, 2015 — “God & Caesar,” Matthew 22:15-22

God & Caesar Matthew 22:15-22 July 5, 2015 During the early part of the 20th century when America faced several periods of financial struggle, one of the industries hard hit was the mining profession. It was a time when miners with poor working conditions and low wages were constantly struggling between two unpleasant possibilities – should they fight for better wages and more appropriate working conditions and risk being fired and thus having to move somewhere else or should they play it safe in terms of keeping quite all while struggling to survive financially as well as by...

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June 28, 2015 — “Tarshish…To The Far Ends of the Earth,” Jonah 1:1-3

Tarshish…To The Far Ends of the Earth Jonah 1:1-3 June 28, 2015 Back in 1966, Barbara McVay was a teenager living in Baltimore, Maryland. One of the things that 17-year-old Barbara wanted desperately to do was to go and visit England. Her father was stationed in the Army there at the time and Beatle mania was in full swing in the US, which led to Barbara having a big crush all boys who were English. One day that same year, Barbara learned that a British submarine was making a goodwill visit to Baltimore before returning home to England and this stroke of unexpected good timing led Barbara to...

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June 21, 2015 — “Egypt: The Return of Our Past,” Genesis 44:18-34

Egypt: The Return of Our Past Genesis 44:18-34

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June 14, 2015 — “Haran: Ready for an Adventure,” Genesis 12:1-9

Haran: Ready for an Adventure Genesis 12:1-9  

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