Sermons on Acts

May 9, 2021

May 9, 2021 Love One Another, As I have Loved you Recently I was talking with a few of the Confirmation Students. And I think the question that I ask them was…”what is one thing that you would ask of Christianity if you could?” Two of the students essentially said the same thing: “Why can’t people get along?” I suppose I could end this meditation right there by saying to you all…”Hey your teenage kids are asking us why we…

May 16, 2021

May 16, 2021 “Being in the World” Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 1 John 5:9-13 John 17:6-19 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, our strength and our redeemer. AMEN OK, so I have a true confession. There are days when I dream of completely escaping the real world and the pressures of life. I envision maybe living in a small cabin on a cliff overlooking the ocean, with minimal…

May 2, 2021

“Tending the Vineyard” Acts 8:26-31, 35-39 1 John 4:16b-21 John 15:1-8 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, our strength and our redeemer. AMEN I distinctly remember dropping my oldest son off at college back when he began his freshman year at Ohio University. I remember feeling very emotional as he was my firstborn and so the first to leave the nest. And I remember wanting so badly…

April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021 “When Kindred Live in Unity (Psalms) or The Believers Shared their possessions” (Acts) Acts 4:32-35 John 20:19-31 There once were two villages separated by a river. In one of these villages lived a man and he was the only one in his village who knew how to make chairs. He carefully guarded his secret way of making chairs. He was afraid to teach others because he thought that they would not make the chairs correctly. Over time,…

January 10, 2021

January 10, 2021 “Spirit of Gentleness” Genesis 1:1-5  Acts 19:1-7 Mark 1:4-11 I have a bottle of River Jordan water on my bookshelf. Actual, official, certified Jordan River water. The bottle was clear. The water was…reasonably clear. The top was sealed and waxed and on label is said that it was actual Jordan River water where Jesus was baptized. We read of that story in the Bible. I am not about to doubt the authenticity of the water nor the…

The Way – May 10, 2020

The Way, May 10, 2020, Quarantine Sermon #4 1 Peter 2:2-10, Acts 7:55-60, John 14:1-14 So, in our Gospel passage for today from John, Jesus speaks some very familiar words – he says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus speaks these words in response to a very direct question from Thomas. Thomas asks Jesus, “How can we know the way? I think that is a question people continue to ask, especially in these very uncertain and…