Archive for May 2009

Set an Extra Plate – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Acts 10:1-11:18 (10:44-48 focal).

One of my favorite memories of grade school was what happened on our way home on the last day of school.  Our bus would always stop at The Golden Bear, a local ice cream stand typical in small communities where I grew up in Ohio.  I’d ask Mom for money or save pennies or whatever it took to have enough to get an ice cream cone – what a special treat.  I also remember my last day of school in 2nd grade.  Whether I forgot my money or we didn’t have any is not what I recall, but I do know that I did not have any money and I sat in the back of the bus crying while watching all of the other kids get off the bus to go get their treat, laughing and playing and not paying any attention to the one kid being left out. 

I know what it means to be left out of something of which I really wanted to be part. Read the rest of this entry »

Mom’s Tough Love – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

John 15:1-8.

This is going to hurt me more than it is going to hurt you.  Remember that one?  Parents are notorious for it and as a parent I do understand – but it is still a lie!  We may feel an emotional sting but it is nothing like the physical one.

I remember one place where they didn’t even bother using that line – school.  Yes, I’m old enough to remember school paddling.  There’s only one real way to remember these things – being a victim!  OK, I earned them all.  The one that stands out in my mind… Read the rest of this entry »

Our Shepherd – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Psalm 23.

While they were not generally accepted or trusted as citizens at the time, biblically we find that shepherds were an excellent example of care and concern for their flock.  They protected their sheep from the wild beasts of their day and provide the best pastureland available.  Prior to entering new pastures they would do what they called “set the table”, where they would go ahead of the flock and get rid of poisonous weeds and thorns as well as snakes, scorpion nests or any other “enemies” the sheep could encounter. Read the rest of this entry »

Line in the Sand – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

1 John 3:1-7.

Not the easiest text to tackle, but breaking it down one verse at a time helps. Read the rest of this entry »