Sermon Synopsis for 9/25: “The Parable of the Prodigal Son “

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One of the most familiar of all of Jesus’ Parables goes by the wrong title. It’s commonly referred to by whom most presume is the main character; and a cursory reading of it leads to this conclusion. But just because a person consumes most of the narrative doesn’t necessarily mean he serves to trumpet its principal truth.
The parable could be titled on account of the most attractive feature, which is another of the key characters, “The Forgiving Father.Or better, it should be titled on account of Jesus’ targeted audience, the Pharisees; thus, “The Stewing Sibling.”
Want to learn more about why the wrong title steers us away from gleaning the point of the parable? Come and hear this Sunday as we study “The Parable of The Prodigal Son.”
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Sermon Synopsis for 9/18: “Parable of The Two Debtors”

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I love chocolate cake. I love the Philadelphia Eagles. And yes, I love my 7-yr. old, self-absorbed and thoroughly pathetic, 6 lb. Teacup Chihuahua, Jabez. I love ’em all. But do I love them to the same degree? Of course not. Of these three, chocolate cake runs away with the top prize. And why? Because it never loses or whines. 🙂
Jesus said the greatest commandment of them all is to, “Love the Lord your God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength.” Now this doesn’t mean that we don’t love other persons or things; it simply means we love them less and God more, to adore Him before anything and everything else.
But here’s my quandary: “How do we know when we’re loving God more and everything else less? What are the telltale signs that He sits atop the leader board of our love?”
Last week we began a new sermon series on the “Parables of Jesus”, those “ordinary stories about ordinary people doing ordinary things in order teach a particular extraordinary spiritual Truth.” Why not come this Sunday morning to learn more about how we can recognize if God is truly the chocolate cake of our hearts as we probe “The Parable of the two debtors?”
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Sermon Synopsis for 9/11: “Parable of The Four Soils”

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Storm clouds quickly rolled in on this otherwise ordinary afternoon, but didn’t frighten this one little girl who was walking home from school. Soon lightning was flashing all around and thunder clapping violently. Meanwhile her mother back at home grew near-frantic for her safety, so she bolted to her car and sped off along her daughter’s daily route. Within minutes she spotted her, but she seemed anything but scared.

Mom became even more perplexed when with each lightning bolt, her daughter would stop, look up and smile, as though fascinated by this light show in the skies. Pulling up alongside of her, she threw open the passenger door. Her daughter hopped in with her face all aglow. Mom questioned, “Honey, why are you so excited?” Without hesitation the little girl simply said, “I’m trying to look pretty because God keeps taking my picture.”

We love stories, don’t we?, little anecdotes that are so real to life, especially those that communicate an indelible message. This Sunday we start a whole new sermon series that will take up us through Thanksgiving. Each week we’re going to probe another little anecdote, taught by the greatest Storyteller of them all, Jesus! The Bible calls these stories by another name, “Parables”. What’s a parable? In simplest terms, a parable is “an ordinary story about ordinary people doing ordinary things in order teach an extraordinary spiritual Truth.”

Why not join us this Sunday and get in on the ground floor of our Fall sermon series in a message entitled, “The Parable of the Sower”?; howbeit it has little to do with the Sower and everything to do with the Soils the Sower sowed.

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Sermon Synopsis for 9/4: Labor Day Weekend

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“Heigh-ho! Heigh-ho! It’s off to work we go.” But why? Necessity to put a roof over our heads? Pleasure as I love my job? Identity in that my work defines me – at least partially? Escape – things aren’t too good at home? How about a combination of any-to-all of these things? Why do we work? Why do you work? Why do I work?
One of our elders will be sharing this Sunday a bit about the history of Labor Day – which ironically, it is not. But more importantly, he will be sharing how the Bible elevates work. Christians work because it is one of God’s many taken-for-granted blessings He had gifted to us.
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