• Keith Manry

    Contributing sermons since Mar 21, 2002
Keith's church

Akron First United Methodist Church
Akron, New York 14001

About Keith
  • Education: B.A. (Religion Major)- Houghton College, Houghton, NY, 1999 M.Div. - United Theological Seminary at Buffalo, 2003 Enrolled in a D.Min. program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Experience: Pastor of the Whitesville and Stannards UMCs - 1998-2000; Associate Pastor of the Springville UMC - 2000-2002; Senior Pastor of the Belfast & Caneadea UMCs - 2002 - Present
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I pray that you find them encouraging and can discover in them my heart. My prayer as I write each sermon is that those who hear will see in me an authentic, passionate follower of Jesus Christ.
  • Family: My wife Erica and I have been married for 10 years. We were married during my sophomore year of college. We have four children, Peigh who is nine, Josiah who is seven, Benjamin who is one, and Isaac who went to be with the Lord at age 17 days in October of 2001. We are also expecting another child who is due in February of 2008.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They think they�re great!
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: For the most part she thinks I do a wonderful job but is the first to tell me if I screw up.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Come from the heart!
  • Books that have had an impact: "The Wounded Healer" - Henri Nouwen "Failing Forward" - John C. Maxwell "He Chose the Nails" - Max Lucado "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" John C. Maxwell "The Dream Giver" - Bruce Wilkinson "The Prayer of Jabez" - Bruce Wilkinson "The Treasure Principle" - Randy Alcorn "Where Is God When It Hurts?" - Philip Yancey
  • Hobbies: Golf; Bowling; Fishing; Model Railroading; and my favorite - BOATING!
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Be a PASSIONATE, AUTHENTIC disciple of Jesus Christ!
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: A woman in one of my first churches passed out.
  • What I want on my tombstone: A Passionate Disciple of Jesus
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  • Return To Innocence

    Contributed on Apr 3, 2007
    based on 4 ratings

    Part VI in the series - 24. This is a first person narrative account from the perspective of the penitent thief on the cross. The preaching idea: Only by the innocence of Christ are the guilty set free.

    Introduction… My prayer is that over the past six weeks that those of you who have been present for this series of sermons have been moved by the stories that we have experienced. One of the great things about preaching – is that before the message ever gets to you I’ve spent hours and hours more

  • Evidence Demands A Verdict

    Contributed on Mar 29, 2007
    based on 44 ratings

    This is part V in the series - 24. It is a first person narrative account from the perspective of the centurion at the cross. WARNING: It is graphic! The preaching idea: the evidence has been presented. What will you do with it?

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” Ultimately, that’s what the final 24 hours in Jesus’ life are about – God’s plan to redeem us to buy us back. We’ve heard from four characters who more

  • Fear This!

    Contributed on Mar 29, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    Part IV in the series - 24. This is a first person narrative account from the perspective of Pilate. The preaching idea: Jesus’ faith, unlike the religious people of his day, was genuine. How about yours?

    Introductory Remarks… Over the past three weeks we’ve met three characters who were present during the final hours in the life of Jesus Christ. We began this unique series of sermons with a visit from a man who purportedly owned the house in which the Last Supper took place. Two weeks ago we met more

  • In The Garden

    Contributed on Mar 29, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    This is part II in the series 24. It is a first person narrative from the perspective of Mark. The preaching idea: Prayer isn’t always a garden of serenity; sometimes it’s a wrestling mat.

    In case you weren’t with us last week, we’ve begun a brand new series of sermons entitled 24, based on the last 24 hours of Jesus Christ. What makes this particular series of sermons so unique is that I will be sharing from the perspective of characters present during the events. These story-like more

  • Law & Order

    Contributed on Mar 29, 2007
    based on 5 ratings

    This is part III in the series 24. It is a first person narrative taken from the perspective of Caiaphas. The preaching idea: you can’t be your own high priest!

    Have you ever wished you could communicate with a loved one who has already passed on? Have you ever thought that perhaps that loved one wishes he or she could communicate with you as well? In 1999 a film was released that allowed us to imagine that communication across the great chasm that more

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