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The Lure of Limitless Living

Temptation

THE LURE OF LIMITLESS LIVING Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church March 5, 2017; 1ST Sunday in Lent, Year A Psalm 32; Matthew 4:1-11 “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” Matthew 4:1 I’ve never been to the Holy Land. Maybe I’ll get there someday. […]

The Excellent Way, 17: Love Hopes

There's some good in this world

THE EXCELLENT WAY, 17: LOVE HOPES Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church February 26, 2017; Transfiguration Sunday Romans 5:1-5; Matthew 17:1-9 “…we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.” Romans 5:5 My wife, Claire, isn’t here with us in worship today. She’s gone to her hometown of Baltimore this weekend for a […]

The Excellent Way, 16: Love Believes

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“THE EXCELLENT WAY, 16: LOVE BELIEVES” Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church February 19, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Isaiah 54:4-10; 1 John 4:7-16 “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” 1 John 4:16b One of the most beloved songs of my generation — maybe of all […]

The Excellent Way, 15: Love Stays the Course

Love Bears All Things

THE EXCELLENT WAY, 15: LOVE STAYS THE COURSE Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church February 5, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Psalm 143:1-8; Galatians 6:2-10 “So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 In just over a week, it’s going […]

The Excellent Way, 14: Love Rejoices in the Truth

Love Rejoices in the Truth

“THE EXCELLENT WAY, 14: LOVE REJOICES IN THE TRUTH” Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church January 29, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Psalm 15; John 18:33-40 “Pilate asked [Jesus], ‘What is truth?’” John 18:38a It’s a contest of sorts. A war of words. Two powerful personalities, mano a mano. In this corner: Pontius Pilate. Roman government functionary […]

The Excellent Way, 13: Love Does Not Keep Score

Record of Wrong

“THE EXCELLENT WAY, 13: LOVE DOES NOT KEEP SCORE” Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church January 22, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Genesis 37:3-11,17b-20; Hebrews 12:1-3, 14-15 “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble…” Hebrews 12:15a Today we’re looking at the […]

The Excellent Way, 12: I Don’t Want You Under My Skin

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THE EXCELLENT WAY, 12: I DON’T WANT YOU UNDER MY SKIN Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church January 8, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Exodus 34:1-10; James 3:13-4:3 “Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you?” James 4:1 Well, it’s been […]

Let’s Put Christmas Back Into New Year’s

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LET’S PUT CHRISTMAS BACK INTO NEW YEAR’S Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church January 1, 2017; New Year’s Day, Year A Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Revelation 21:1-6a   “And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’” Revelation 21:5a   Today, in Manhattan, they’re celebrating something new: something New […]

A Word to Treasure

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A WORD TO TREASURE Carl Wilton Christmas Eve; December 24, 2016 Luke 2:8-20 “But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19   More than any other holiday, Christmas is a time of memory. There are things we do at Christmas-time exactly the same way, year after year. There […]

Awaken to Wonder!

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AWAKEN TO WONDER! Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church December 18, 2016; 4th Sunday of Advent, Year A Isaiah 7:10-16; Matthew 1:18-25 “When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife…” Matthew 1:27 You could say Joseph was the original stand-up guy. Lots […]