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Spare Not the Seed

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SPARE NOT THE SEED Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church July 16, 2017; 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Genesis 25:19-34; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23   “Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!” Matthew 13:8-9   Many, many years ago, […]

The Bible’s Cinderella Story

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THE BIBLE’S CINDERELLA STORY Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church July 6, 2017; 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Genesis 24:1-34, 42-67; Romans 8:26-30 “The man gazed at [Rebekah] in silence to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.” — Genesis 24:21-27 Yes, we’ve all heard the fairy tale of […]

Better Than Luck

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BETTER THAN LUCK Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church July 2, 2017; 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Genesis 22:1-14; Matthew 10:40-42 “And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his […]

God’s Unbreakable Promise

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GOD’S UNBREAKABLE PROMISE Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church June 25, 2017; 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Genesis 21:8-21; Matthew 10:24-39 “As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because he is your offspring.” Genesis 21:13 Lots of people think Christianity and family values are […]

The Excellent Way, 21: Faith, Hope and Love for Father’s Day

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 21: FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE FOR FATHER’S DAY Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church June 15, 2017, Non-Lectionary Sermon Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 Nearly a year ago — August 14th — […]

The Excellent Way, 20: The Known Unknowns

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 20: THE KNOWN UNKNOWNS Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church June 1, 2017; Day of Pentecost, Year A Numbers Acts 2:1-21 “All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’” Acts 2:12 What do you do after you see a dead man walking? And what do you do […]

The Excellent Way, 19: Love Never Ends

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“THE EXCELLENT WAY, 19: LOVE NEVER ENDS” Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church May 27, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Isaiah 49:8-17; John 15:9-17 “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 Forty-seven days is a long time. Especially if you’re spending that time floating on an inflatable […]

The Excellent Way, 18: Love Endures

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 18: LOVE ENDURES Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church May 14, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Ruth 1:6-18; Galatians 6:1-10 “Love…endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:7   Well, it’s been a long time since we’ve spoken about 1 Corinthians 13, Paul’s “hymn to love.” I set the sermon series aside just before Lent, and […]

Something to Hold Onto

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SOMETHING TO HOLD ONTO Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church April 16, 2017; Easter Day, Year A Exodus 19:9-23; John 20:1-18 “Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold onto me…’” John 20:17 It’s a glorious holiday, Easter. But it’s got built into it a certain difficulty: there’s nothing to hold onto. The tomb is empty, […]

Follow the Mercy

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FOLLOW THE MERCY Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church April 9, 2017; Palm Sunday, Year A Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 21:1-11 “…he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:8 Anyone over a certain age — or under that age if they know their history — […]