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May 2016

Try Again Through Christ’s Newness 4/24/16 Rev. 21:1-6; 2 Cor. 5:14-19 by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |May 9th, 2016|Sermons|

         While this might show my age:  Have you ever started to write something only to erase it repeatedly over and over until you end up with the paper almost worn through?  You erase it so that you would be able to take another stab at writing what you really want to write- in other words, you try again- but you might have to throw away that piece of paper and start over.  I remember playing with an etch-a-sketch when I was a child.  It was one of my favorite possessions.  Perhaps you had or your child had an etch-a-sketch too.  I would create a picture or a word with lines using two control knobs that wouldn’t always do what I wanted them to do.  It was a very rudimentary contraption compared to any kind of technology we have now.  If I wanted to change my picture or something about the word or words I had created I would carefully shake the etch-a-sketch trying to only erase what I wanted to change.  Again, because it was so rudimentary that didn’t always work for me.  Sometimes, everything I had created was gone and I couldn’t merely try to correct my picture, I had to start all over again.  That was a bummer!  I simply wanted to try again not start again. […]

July 2015

Christians Don’t Do ‘Isms’ 7-5-015

By |July 7th, 2015|Sermons|

By Rev. Laurie Williams, Co-Pastor Scripture:  Col. 2:6-7, 16-19; Gal. 3:24-29 We may not often think this way, but we live in a world of isms:  humanism says, “Isn’t humanity wonderful!”; materialism says, “Isn’t money wonderful!”; relativism says, “If it’s wonderful for you, that’s wonderful and that’s the end of it!”; sexism says, “Isn’t it [...]

June 2015

Strong Words for a Weak Faith

By |June 19th, 2015|Sermons|

By Reverend Rodger Allen Mark 4: 35-41;  Exodus 16:2-4a; 136:15; 17:1-7; Numbers 11:4-6, 31a; 14-1-4 When I was a little kid, a hundred years ago, I did something that little kids of several generations have done now: I watched Saturday morning cartoons. They weren’t the same cartoons that are on Saturday mornings now, but the [...]