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J Bernard's church

Honorably Retired
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19138

About J Bernard
  • Education: B.S in Bus. Administration -Temple University, Phila. M.S. in Bus. Education - Temple University, Phila. M.Div. Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Palmer) Phila. D. Min. Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Palmer) Phila
  • Experience: Pastor in Philadelphia 10 years Pastor in Big Run, Pa - 3 years Pastor in Boston, Mass, 1 year Parish Associate, Quincy. Mass 1 year Interim and Supply positions in Phila. 8 years Preaching Supply pastor 2 years
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I hope you can find one thing which will have an impression on your life.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Course in renewing your preaching at Princeton Seminary 2004
  • One of my favorite illustrations: A preacher who had been at a church for quite a number of years was honored with his picture being placed at the back of the church,replacing a clock. At the unveiling of the picture, some of the disgruntled members remarked, "They have taken down time and put up eternity."
  • Family: My wife is Lenora Taylor, a candidate for the ministry in the PCUSA. We have been married since October 2004. Both of us have been widowed. I have lost 2 wives through death. She has two grown children, a boy, Alvin, and a girl, Delphyne
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My mother heard me several times before she died and she was impressed and proud.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She thinks I am great and one of the best preachers she has heard. I think she is great also.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Be yourself. Don’t try to be somebody else. Develop your own style
  • Books that have had an impact: Black Preaching - Henry Mitchell
  • Hobbies: Walking, running, playing Scrabble
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is your only hope for time and eternity.
  • What I want on my tombstone: 1923-----??? He did his best between the dashes.
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  • Are You A Veteran?

    Contributed on Jan 25, 2009
    based on 10 ratings

    On Veterans Dy we honor those who have served in the Armed Forces. But are you a veteran in the service of the Lord?

    Are You A Veteran? I wonder how many veterans we have in attendance today? If you have ever served in any branch of the armed forces, please raise your hand. I am a veteran of WW2, serving in the army from 1943 to 1945 in the U.S., Great Britain, and France. WW2 veterans are passing off ...read more

  • Trick Or Treat

    Contributed on Nov 18, 2008
    based on 3 ratings

    Is Halloween itself a trick or a treat? Discover the truth about Halloween.

    Trick or Treat Back in October 1988, my wife at that time and I paid a visit to Western Pa. We subsequently moved up there. But we were amazed at all the wild Halloween decorations. You have never seen such decorations as this. There were ghosts. There were goblins. There were ...read more

  • A Remedy For Rough Times

    Contributed on Oct 28, 2008
    based on 10 ratings

    Our country is going through hard financial times--maybe you’re going through rough times. But there is a remedy.

    A Remedy for Rough Times I hold in my hands a copy of the cover of Time Magazine for October l3th. The heading is “The New Hard Times”. It contains a picture of men lined up at a Soup Kitchen during the days of the depression in the l930’s. I was a young child during the ...read more

  • Does God Work Part Time?

    Contributed on Oct 19, 2008
    based on 4 ratings

    Why is a recognition of the Trinity important? Without an understanding of the working of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, God is reduced to part time work.

    Does God Work Part Time? Does God work part time? This might seem to be a ridiculous question. You may say, “Of course God works full time. If God only works part time, I am in big trouble. I always believed that God was at work 24/7. God neither slumbers nor sleeps. God works all 3 shifts ...read more

  • On Dealing With Bitter Waters

    Contributed on Oct 6, 2008
    based on 7 ratings

    How do you deal with the bitter waters of life?How do you deal with distress, disappointments, and frustrations. How did Moses deal with bitter waters in the wilderness?

    On Dealing with Bitter Waters Is there anything more refreshing than a cold drink of water? On a hot summer day with the sweat pouring down your brow and your dry throat crying for relief from the thirst, is there anything more refreshing than a cold glass of water? A coke is good. An energy ...read more

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