Contributing sermons since Jan 5, 2005
Contributed on Feb 27, 2009
This sermon is based on Mark 1:13, the story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness with Satan and the wild beasts. It examines the wild beasts of temptation in our lives and how Jesus gives us the power to overcome them. (The First Sunday in Lent-Year
"Wild Things" Sermon on Mark 1:9-15 Lent 1-B March 1, 2009 The Rev. J. Curtis Goforth, O.S.L. 9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit ...read more
Contributed on Jan 18, 2009
This sermon on the second Sunday of Epiphany focuses on Jesus’ first miracle of changing the water to wine at a wedding in Cana.
"If You’re Going to Have a Wedding..." Sermon on John 2:1-11 Epiphany 2-A January 18, 2009 The Rev. J. Curtis Goforth, O.S.L. Badin United Methodist Church It seems that at every wedding, something is bound to go wrong. No matter how much planning has gone into it, no matter how much ...read more
Contributed on Aug 31, 2008
Sermon for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost centered around the statement by Jesus, "What will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?"
"Waking Up" Sermon on Matthew 16:21-28 Pentecost +16-A August 31, 2008 The Rev. J. Curtis Goforth, O.S.L. There’s a great movie that came out several years ago entitled Waking Ned Devine. The movie is set in a tiny little coastal village in Ireland called Tullymore. And one of the ...read more
Contributed on Dec 9, 2007
A Sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Advent-Year A.
“In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’” -Matthew 3:1-2 There always seems to be “the hottest gift item of the year” to buy each year. The most memorable in my mind was the craze a few years ...read more
Contributed on Nov 7, 2007
A sermon for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost Year C.
When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” -Luke 19:3-5 Have you ever stayed at someone else’s house before? Of course you have. Even the younger ones in our families have probably spent the ...read more
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Contributed on Dec 30, 2006
My home church always put on a Christmas play with the children of the church. And one evening, I was being especially disruptive downstairs as some of the younger children were getting ready for their parts in the play, and my pastor came downstairs to try and bring us under some sort of control. ...read more
Contributed on Dec 2, 2006
In one of the biggest movies of the year, Talladega Nights, Will Ferrell who plays the race car driver Ricky Bobby is at the table getting ready to eat. And when he asks the blessing, he prays to “the baby Jesus.” But in the middle of his prayer in which he returns thanks for the bountiful ...read more
Contributed on Sep 30, 2006
I came across a news story about a guy named Aron Ralston who was an avid hiker. Now I don’t know if this guy lived, slept, and ate hiking, but this guy was deeper into it than Jennifer and I are. We prefer the intermediate trails, but this guy the news story was about was into hiking hardcore. ...read more
Contributed on Aug 7, 2006
It was my handicapped brother Morgan’s birthday. There is a fantastic little restaurant in Mooresville called The Little Kitchen that has the best steaks in the world and is one of Morgan’s favorite spots to eat. So, Morgan orders a filet mignon. And, as it happens, my father was at the salad ...read more