Sermons on Spiritual Growth

Sowing and Reaping

A lot of the analogies that are used in the New Testament relate in one way or another to farming, which can be a bit difficult for us because most of us aren’t farmers.  But this morning, in 2 Corinthians 9, Paul is going to use a farming illustration that I think we can all…

Grace and Generosity

One of my favorite figures of speech is the oxymoron.  An oxymoron is where two seemingly contradictory terms appear side by side.   Some familiar examples include jumbo shrimp, old news, an original copy, civil war, and some would say government intelligence.             I would add one more to that list.  I believe that a selfish…

Only the Penitent Shall Pass

            Many of you are familiar with the Indiana Jones movies.  Those films are not very accurate from a theological perspective, but there’s one scene that I think makes a good biblical point.  In The Last Crusade, Indiana Jones must pass three tests in order to reach the Holy Graill.             The first test is called…

Showing God’s Kindness

The story is told of a man who was walking down the street one evening when three men jumped out of the shadows, beat him up, and robbed him.  But the thieves found only 75 cents in the man’s pockets.  And so, one of thieves asked him, “Why in the world did you put up…

How to Pray

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that there is a big difference between cats and dogs.  Someone has described the difference this way — whenever you feed a dog, pet a dog, care for a dog, or in any way show your love for a dog, that dog believes that you must be…

The Patience Test

Today is Mother’s Day and I want to take just a moment to acknowledge and express appreciation to all the mothers who are in the audience this morning.  Abraham Lincoln was not exaggerating when he said, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my mother.”             Mothers demonstrate the love of…

Learning from Failure

Those of us who are Americans love success.  We celebrate it; we work hard to achieve it; and we honor those who attain it.  Take the Fourth of July as an example.  In a few months, we will do what we do every year – we’ll have parades, and speeches, and festivals and fireworks.  On…

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,…

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