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Don’t Hold Your Breath

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DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 20, 2016; Reign of Christ, Year C Psalm 150; Colossians 1:11-20 “Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!” Psalm 150:6 In a few days, in dining rooms across America, families and circles of friends will gather for a Thanksgiving feast. Chances are pretty good, […]

A Willing Spirit

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A WILLING SPIRIT Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 13, 2016; non-lectionary sermon Psalm 51:1-12; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:12 As most of you know, I’ve been doing a sermon series on 1 Corinthians chapter 13, “The Excellent Way” […]

The Excellent Way, 11: Love Freely Given

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“THE EXCELLENT WAY, 11: LOVE FREELY GIVEN” Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 6, 2016; non-lectionary sermon Psalm 25:1-10; Luke 17:11-19 “[Love] does not insist on its own way…” — 1 Cor. 13:5 This coming Tuesday’s a very big day: Election Day. And this is quite an election, to say the least. Never in […]

The Excellent Way, 10: Love Is Not Rude

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 10: LOVE IS NOT RUDE Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 23, 2016; non-lectionary sermon Proverbs 11:5-13; Luke 19:1-10 “[Jesus] looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’” Luke 19:5 I ran across something weirdly fascinating in the newspaper this […]

The Excellent Way, 9: “Love Is Not Arrogant”

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 9: “LOVE IS NOT ARROGANT” Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 16, 2016; non-lectionary sermon Isaiah 2:10-22; 1 Peter 5:1-7 “And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’” 1 Peter 5:5b Have you […]

The Excellent Way, 8: Love Is Not Boastful

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 8: LOVE IS NOT BOASTFUL Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 8, 2016; Non-lectionary sermon Jeremiah 9:12-16, 23-24; 2 Corinthians 10:12-18 “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 10:17 Something preachers like me often do — especially if we preach most every Sunday — is to follow […]

The Excellent Way, 7: Love Is Not Envious

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 7: LOVE IS NOT ENVIOUS Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church October 2, 2016; Non-lectionary sermon Genesis 4:1-12; 1 Peter 1:22-2:3 “And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him” Genesis 4:8b If I were to ask you to name the oldest sin in […]

The Excellent Way, 6: Love is Kind

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 6: LOVE IS KIND Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 14, 2016; Non-lectionary sermon Hosea 11:1-9; Ephesians 4:17-32 “Love…is kind” 1 Corinthians 13:4 It was a beautiful day yesterday: one of those sunny September days with a cool breeze. Perfect day for a Seafood Festival — were it not for the […]

The Excellent Way, 5: Love is Patient

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 5: LOVE IS PATIENT Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 11, 2016 Genesis 29:16-30; James 5:7-10 “Love is patient…” 1 Corinthians 13:4a It happened in an airport: in the waiting area by one of the gates. It was one of those terrible days when there’d been bad weather, and a great […]

The Excellent Way 4: Pure Giving

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 4: PURE GIVING Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church September 4, 2016 Isaiah 53:1-9; Hebrews 11:32-12:3 “If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:3 Somewhere down on the Boardwalk, in […]