Sermons by Rev. John Tapscott (Page 3)

Sermons by Rev. John Tapscott (Page 3)

THE PERSISTENT GOD

I start today with a couple stories today from Great Britain. A few years ago sixty-two-year-old Miriam Hargrave of Yorkshire, England, finally passed her driving test. It was her fortieth attempt. After such persistence you would assume she started driving right away. But after spending so much money on driving lessons she couldn’t afford to buy a car. Maybe it’s just as…

GIVING THANKS IS GOOD FOR YOU

A few years ago Citibank in the U.S. ran television commercials to say “thank you” to its customers. One commercial showed two women in a grocery store. One woman put her hand on the other’s stomach and asked when her baby was due. The woman looks at her and says, “I’m not pregnant.” Oops. The first woman, not knowing what to do, says simply “Thank you.” With this simple…

A MUSTARD SEED OF FAITH

      From Luke 16 we read a story Jesus told about a very rich man named Dives and a very poor man named Lazarus. Dives drove a high-end vehicle, lived in a large house with a pool and hot tub, and wore expensive suits. Lazarus was a street person. Sometimes the police gave him a ride to jail or the Salvation Army for a meal and a night’s stay.…

SHREWD BELIEVERS

The sales manager of a large company was hard at work, poring over his computer screens, checking sales figures and considering how to motivate his sales force. Just then a young insurance salesman appeared at his door and said, “You wouldn’t want to buy any insurance, would you?” “My friend,” said the sales manager, “who taught you how to sell? Don’t ever ask that kind…

THE SEARCHING GOD

       We clergy receive free parking when we visit our people in Credit Valley Hospital. In the Spiritual Care Room a machine stamps the parking card paid. Then we insert the card at the exit gate, the arm rises and out we go. Very nice indeed.       One day in the spring, I went to the spiritual care room for the…

ALL THE GOOD WE MAY DO FOR CHRIST

September 8, 2019 Every week on the front of the bulletin we print this very brief statement. You might call it a vision statement for the church. It says, “Anchored in God’s Word…Moving into God’s Future.” As we embark on this upcoming year of transition, these are two phrases that we should keep in mind. It is most important to stay anchored in God’s word as you make…

IN THIS HOUSE, ON THIS DAY

Back in May I was called for jury selection. 200 of us gathered at the Brampton court-house. It was a serious case that the jury would eventually hear, involving second degree murder and aggravated assault. We were told by court workers and the judge himself that serving on a jury is an obligation and a duty. But I, along with about 100 others spoke to the judge asking…

WE’RE RICHER THAN WE THINK

Yes, I have taken today’s title from the advertising slogan of a bank, which says “You’re Richer Than You Think.” But I have changed it to read, “We’re richer than we think.” And that’s because of our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. In Christ we are rich toward God.       In our spring garage sale, we have a silent auction in which…

EXPLORING THE GIFT OF FAITH

There is nothing more basic to the Christian life than faith. We Christians call ourselves people of faith. We refer to congregations as “communities of faith.” In 1st Corinthians 13 Paul lists the three spiritual gifts God has given us for Christian living – faith, hope and love. Paul refers to love as the greatest gift, but names faith first,