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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 […]

Is It You, Lord?

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IS IT YOU, LORD? Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church August 13, 2017; 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Psalm 85:8-13; Matthew 14:22-33   “Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’” Matthew 14:28-29a   I was going to go somewhere different […]

Your Spiritual Benchmark

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YOUR SPIRITUAL BENCHMARK Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church July 23, 2017; 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Genesis 28:10-19a; Romans 8:12-25   “Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place — and I did not know it!’” Genesis 28:16   As camping equipment goes, it doesn’t […]

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 […]