Sermons on Spiritual Growth

A Difficult Lesson to Learn

I want to begin this morning by giving you a pop quiz.  I’m going to give you an advertising slogan and I want you tell me what the product is.  “Snap! Crackle!  Pop!” (Rice Krispies).  “The Quicker Picker-Upper” (Bounty).  “Just Do It” (Nike).  “Melts in Your Mouth, Not in your Hand” (M&M’s).  “Plop, Plop, Fizz,…

The Second Touch

            In astronomy, every now and then, there will be some unusual event that really captures people’s attention.  For example, Haley’s Comet comes around every 75 years or so and it always gets people excited.  Every couple of years, there will be a lunar eclipse.  But probably the most spectacular astronomical event is a solar…

Love Does Not Boast

            Russell Herman was a carpenter who lived in the state of Illinois.  When he died at the age of 67, his will included a staggering list of beneficiaries.  He left instructions for two billion dollars to be given to the city of East St. Louis, another billion and a half for the state of…

Make Me a Servant

This morning, we have some very special guests with us.  As many of you know, we have a Girl Scout troop that meets here in our church building a couple of Sunday afternoons a month.  They are the ones responsible for supplying several of you with Girl Scout cookies a couple of weeks ago.             …

People Are Listening (Acts 12-28)

Have you ever noticed that if you’re holding a camera and you point the camera at something, the thing you’re pointing the camera at suddenly becomes much more interesting to everybody else?  Pointing is a powerful thing.  Try it for yourself when you’re out in public: find the least interesting object around, something totally ordinary,…

Serve Like Jesus (Mark)

            I heard recently about someone who used to get annoyed when he felt like preachers were being too repetitive.  He said, “First, they tell me what they’re going to tell me, and then they tell me, and then they tell me what they’ve told me. Why do you have to tell me three times?…