Sermons on Sin

“Don’t Show Partiality”

            John Denver used to tell a story about a man who was invited to a fancy banquet. He arrived wearing simple clothing, and was told to leave the room and go to the kitchen for a handout.  The man left, went home, got dressed up in fancy clothes, and then came back to the…

Abigail , A Remarkable Woman

In November 1985, Weekly World News reported that there was a very wealthy married couple in Switzerland who got into an argument. It started when the husband cancelled a vacation. His wife expressed her “disappointment” by pouring baking soda into her husband’s fish tank, killing his entire collection of rare tropical fish. The husband responded…

Proverbs (8) — Pride

Solomon has a lot to say about pride. Pride is something we all struggle with and, in fact, I think pride and selfishness are built into us from birth. From the time we are little kids, we begin to calculate how we can maneuver to put ourselves in the number one position…

The Seven Deadly Sins (7) — Lust

This morning, we come to a close of our study of the Seven Deadly Sins, as we take a look at the sin of lust.  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said,   “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’  But I say to you that everyone who looks at a…

The Seven Deadly Sins (6) — Gluttony

You may have heard the story about the schoolteacher who invited her students to bring some items that were representative of their faith traditions.  And so the next day, there was a Jewish boy who said, “I’m Jewish, and this is my yarmulke. The men and boys wear this when we go into the synagogue.”…

The Seven Deadly Sins (5) — Sloth

Before I begin my lesson, I need to get a little help from all of the children here this morning.  How many of you children like to go to the zoo?  Raise your hands.  What is your favorite animal to see at the zoo?  Lions?  Elephants?  Monkeys?  Giraffes?   I love all of those animals,…

The Seven Deadly Sins (4) — Greed

The story is told of a man who is walking down the beach and he comes across an old bottle. He picks it up, pulls out the cork and out pops a genie!  The genie says, “Thank you for freeing me from this bottle.  In return, I will grant you three wishes.”   The man…

The Seven Deadly Sins (3) — Anger

The story is told of a husband who left from work one Friday afternoon.  But, being payday, instead of going home, he stayed out the entire weekend partying with the boys and spending his entire paycheck.   When he finally did come home Sunday night, he was confronted by a very angry wife and she…