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The Road Ahead

THE ROAD AHEAD Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church December 17, 2017; Non-lectionary sermon Psalm 25:1-10; Mark 1:1-8   “…the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight…’” Mark 1:3   So, where do you begin the story of Christmas? If you’re the Gospel-writer Luke, […]

Grace and Gratitude

GRACE AND GRATITUDE Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 26, 2017; Thanksgiving Deuteronomy 8:7-18; Luke 17:11-19   “…then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery…” Deuteronomy 8:14   Well, I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. We […]

The Sad Tale of the Buried Gift

  THE SAD TALE OF THE BURIED GIFT Carl Wilton Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church November 19, 2017; 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Matthew 25:14-30   “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; […]

Life that Really Is Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]