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Success is Not a Ladder

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SUCCESS IS NOT A LADDER Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 28, 2014; 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Psalm 25:1-9; Philippians 2:1-13 “Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4 Walk into the self-help section of any bookstore. Go to iTunes and […]

First Heavenly Bank: Depositors Wanted

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FIRST HEAVENLY BANK: DEPOSITORS WANTED Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 14, 2014; 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Genesis 50:15-21; Matthew 18:21-35 “…forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” Matthew 18:35b When was the last time you opened a bank account? It may have been a long time ago. Whenever it […]

Us vs. Us

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US vs. US Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 7, 2014; 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Genesis 33:1-12; Matthew 5:21-24; Matthew 18:15-20 “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone.” Matthew 18:15 I’d like to begin today with […]

A Few Good Midwives

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A FEW GOOD MIDWIVES Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church August 24, 2014; 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Exodus 1:8-2:10; Romans 12:1-8 “Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.” Exodus 1:8 “Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.” That line marks one of […]

Life Is For Everybody

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LIFE IS FOR EVERYBODY Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church August 17, 2014, Non-Lectionary Sermon Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Acts 16:16-34 “Paul shouted [to the jailer] in a loud voice, ‘Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.’” Acts 16:28   Joe I want to tell you about my friend, Joe. He and I grew up together. […]

How God Speaks

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HOW GOD SPEAKS Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church August 10, 2014; 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 1 Kings 19:9-18; Romans 10:5-15 “…after the fire a sound of sheer silence.”1 Kings 19:12b There’s a nasty rumor going around that God has stopped speaking. You wouldn’t think so, from reading the early chapters of […]

Abounding Hope

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ABOUNDING HOPE Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church June 21, 2014; Non-Lectionary Sermon “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you may have seen […]

Are You Qualified?

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ARE YOU QUALIFIED? Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church June 8, 2014; Day of Pentecost, Year A Numbers 11:24-30; Acts 2:1-21 “Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to [Moses], and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders…” Numbers 11:25a Today — the […]

Wicked?

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WICKED? Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church June 1, 2104; 7th Sunday of Easter, Year A Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35; John 17:1-11 “…as wax melts before the fire, let the wicked perish before God.” Psalm 68:2b I’ve been thinking a lot, this past week, about the news out of California — how, near Santa Barbara on […]

What Color is God?

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“WHAT COLOR IS GOD?” Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church May 25, 2014; 6th Sunday of Easter, Year A Acts 17:22-31; 1 Peter 3:13-22 “I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.” Acts 17:23b When I was young, one […]