Sermons from 2019

Sermons from 2019

CHRIST OUR REFUGE

This is the season for returns, especially of unwanted Christmas gifts. Costco is the second largest retailer in the world after Walmart. I read that Costco has one of the most generous return policies. You can return just about anything you buy there for a full refund. Of course, that policy is often abused. Here are some of the bizarre returns Costco has received…

THE ARK OF SAFETY

      One of the best-known Biblical stories is that of Noah and the ark. The ark Noah built was 300 cubits long, fifty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high. In a humorous rendition of the story God gives Noah the dimensions for the ark and Noah asks, “What’s a cubit?” After a long pause God answers, “I used to know, but I…

A MOST UNUSUAL KING

     Queen Elizabeth of England, and our Queen too, is doing remarkably well, even at age 93. She has conducted herself with dignity throughout her long reign. She is admired throughout the world. She really does fit the role. Now Queen Elizabeth will have to give up the throne some day, though probably not until she dies. Prince Charles will then…

A GOOD AND GENEROUS BELIEVER

      I read a story recently about nearly everyone’s favorite hockey player, Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins. I am being facetious of course. He’s probably the most disliked player in the NHL, except if you’re a Bruins fan, of course. Anyway, when Brad Marchand returns to his hometown of Halifax in the summer, he stops whenever he sees a…

RESURRECTION – PAST, FUTURE AND PRESENT

     A man complained, “Every time I come to church, we sing the same old hymns.” “Well, how often do you come?” his minister asked. “Regularly,” the man said, “Every Christmas and Easter.”        Now we chuckle about C & E Christians, but they are present when the two main doctrines of the Christian…

LIFTED TO A HIGHER PLACE

A fitness center offered $1,000 to anyone who could show that they were stronger than the owner of the place. Here’s how it worked. This strong man would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass, and then hand the lemon to a challenger. Anyone who could squeeze out just one more drop of juice would win the money. Many people tried—weightlifters,…

IMMERSED IN THE JORDAN

In 2 Kings 5, verse 14, we read, “So he (Naaman) went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.” The Jordan River is very significant in Israel’s history. After wandering forty years in the wilderness, the Hebrew people crossed the Jordan into the promised…

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…

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.”…