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Life that Really Is Life

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LIFE THAT REALLY IS LIFE Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 12, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Psalm 16; 1 Timothy 6:13-21 “They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may […]

Untantalized

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UNTANTALIZED Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 5, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Proverbs 22:1-9; 1 Timothy 6:6-12   “But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” 1 Timothy 6:9   Every once in a while, an occupation […]

The Reformation at 500

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THE REFORMATION AT 500 Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 29, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Habbakuk 2:1-4, Romans 1:16-18; Ephesians 2:1-10   “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…” Ephesians 2:8 He was, by all accounts, a compliant young man. […]

Our Labor of Love: Five Years Later

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OUR LABOR OF LOVE: FIVE YEARS LATER Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 19, 2017; 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A Psalm 46; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10   “…constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” — 1 […]

The True Peacemaker

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THE TRUE PEACEMAKER Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 8, 2017; 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Matthew 25:47-52   “You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13   We begin today with a saying attributed to St. Augustine: “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger […]

First-World Problems

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FIRST-WORLD PROBLEMS Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 24, 2017; 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Jonah 3:10-4:11; Matthew 20:1-16   “And the Lord said, ‘Is it right for you to be angry?’” Jonah 4:4   Ask people what they remember about Jonah in the Bible, and I’m 100% certain what answer you’ll […]

Forgiveness Is Not a Feeling

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FORGIVENESS IS NOT A FEELING Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 17, 2017; 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Genesis 50:15-21; Matthew 18:21-35   “Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said […]

When Only Compassion Will Do

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WHEN ONLY COMPASSION WILL DO Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 10, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Isaiah 54:6-10; Romans 12:9-18   “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 For much of the past week, we’ve been watching its excruciatingly slow progress across our TV screens: Hurricane Irma, sauntering across the […]

Barefoot Disciples

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BAREFOOT DISCIPLES Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 3, 2017; 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Exodus 3:1-15; Ephesians 3:14-21   “Then [the Lord] said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’” Exodus 3:5   It’s one of the most […]

Darkness at Noon

A total solar eclipse can be seen in Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Norway, on March 20, 2015. A partial eclipse of varying degrees is visible, depending on weather conditions, across most of Europe, northern Africa, northwest Asia and the Middle East, before finishing its show close to the North Pole.       AFP PHOTO / NTB SCANPIX / HAAKON MOSVOLD LARSEN +++   NORWAY OUT        (Photo credit should read Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images)

DARKNESS AT NOON Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church August 27, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Amos 8:4-12; John 8:12-20   “On that day, says the Lord God, I will make the sun go down at noon, and darken the earth in broad daylight” Amos 8:9   Did you see the solar eclipse? Did you step outside […]