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Plentiful

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PLENTIFUL Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 23, 2014; Non-Lectionary Sermon Leviticus 19:1-10; Matthew 9:35-38 “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few…’” Matthew 9:37 “O beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain.” For many of us, those lines sum up the promise of America. […]

The Enemy of Generosity

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THE ENEMY OF GENEROSITY Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 16, 2014; 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Exodus 35:20-29; Matthew 25:14-30 “…so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.” Matthew 25:25a This past week, I got an invitation in the mail. It came from my Ph.D. […]

The Wise Can Wait

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THE WISE CAN WAIT Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 9, 2014; 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Psalm 70; Matthew 25:1-13 “When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.” Matthew 25:3-4 There are lots of things I love […]

Feast of the Future

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FEAST OF THE FUTURE Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 2, 2014; 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 1 Samuel 28:3-25; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34a “Then Samuel said to Saul, ‘Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?’” 1 Samuel 28:15 Who doesn’t like a good ghost story? They’re a staple around Scout […]

Loving the New Normal

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LOVING THE NEW NORMAL Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 26, 2014, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A (Non-lectionary sermon) Psalm 40:1-5, 16-17; 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 […]

In the Now

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IN THE NOW Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 12, 2014; 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Exodus 32:1-14; Matthew 22:1-14 “Then [the king] said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’” […]

The Beginning of Wisdom

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THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 5, 2014; 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Exodus 20:1-20; Philippians 3:1-14 “[The people] said to Moses, ‘You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.’” Exodus 20:19 My, but these are […]

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 […]