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Salem Church
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 17268
717-762-8531

About Lin
  • Education: A.A. in Management, City Colleges of Chicago B. A. in Religious Studies/Ancient Studies, Univ. of South Florida Ed.M. in Counseling, Boston University (overseas campus) M.Div., Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO D.Min. work, Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield, PA
  • Experience: Lay MInister of Visitation, First United Church of Tampa, FL, 1991-93 Licensed Pastor, Bethel United Church of Christ, Cahokia, IL 1994-97 Ordained in the United Church of Christ May 1997 Pastor, Salem United Church of Christ, 1997 to present Left the United Church of Christ, 2003
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I don’t claim to be the world’s greatest preacher - but I’ve been helped by others on this site, so I figured the least I could do is give something back!
  • Family: My husband, Andy, is a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant. He currently works as a sales associate for a local Sherwin Williams paint store. We have no children, but share our lives with five beloved cats.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Be yourself, preach with passion, and stick to the Word
  • Books that have had an impact: John Maxwell’s "Winning with People" Rick Warren’s "The Purpose Driven Life" Joyce Meyers’ "Approval Addiction"
  • Hobbies: reading, scrapbooking
  • What I want on my tombstone: She fought the good fight, she finished the race, she kept the faith!
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  • "Forgiveness"

    Contributed on Feb 15, 2006
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    A sermon on the challenge of forgiveness, as taught by Jesus in the parable of the debtors.

    Rev. Lin Smalec Salem Church, Waynesboro, PA Jesus’ Great Teaching Stories “Forgiveness” Matthew 18:21-35 12 February 2006 How many of you struggle with forgiveness? Some of you may not wish to admit it, but it is a very human struggle, isn’t it? When someone hurts us, when ...read more

  • A New Year's Revelation

    Contributed on Dec 31, 2005
    based on 8 ratings
     | 2,440 views

    A sermon for New Year’s Day on the most important resolution of all - Trusting Jesus to be the source of our contentment.

    Rev. Lin Smalec Salem Church, Waynesboro, PA “A NEW YEAR’S REVELATION” New Year’s Day, 2006 Well, here we are, another new year! Let’s see how many of you enjoy New Year’s traditions - how many stayed up till midnight to watch the ball drop at Time’s Square? How many shot a ...read more

  • Silent Night? Holy Night!

    Contributed on Dec 21, 2005
    based on 24 ratings
     | 5,336 views

    A Christmas Eve sermon based upon the Christmas carol.

    Rev. Lin Smalec Salem Church, Waynesboro, PA “SILENT NIGHT? HOLY NIGHT!” Christmas Eve, 24 December 2005 When you hear the Christmas story, you get a picture in your head of what things must have looked like at the birth of Jesus. Sometimes it’s interesting to find out how ...read more

  • Narnia: Discover The Wonder

    Contributed on Dec 16, 2005
    based on 9 ratings
     | 920 views

    Using the Narnia story to illuminate scripture, this sermon invites believers to discover the wonder of Christmas by discovering the wonder of God’s plans and purposes, the wonder of God’s love, and the wonder of the continuing story.

    Rev. Lin Smalec Salem Church, Waynesboro, PA DISCOVER THE WONDER Fourth Sunday of Advent 18 December 2005 The other day while it was snowing, I watched my cat, Phantom, looking out the window. He sat there, barely moving, intently watching the big fluffy snowflakes. ...read more

  • Narnia: Discover The Light Of Christmas

    Contributed on Dec 8, 2005
    based on 10 ratings
     | 1,271 views

    This sermon uses the image of the lamppost in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" to explore the Light of Christmas, Jesus Christ.

    Rev. Lin Smalec Salem Church, Waynesboro, PA DISCOVER THE LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS Third Sunday of Advent 11 December 2005 One thing I hate about this time of year is how dark it is. For some of us, we go to work in the dark, and come home in the dark. I recently read a news story ...read more

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  • When You Hear The Christmas Story, You Get A ...

    Contributed on Dec 21, 2005
    based on 21 ratings
     | 1,003 views

    When you hear the Christmas story, you get a picture in your head of what things must have looked like at the birth of Jesus. Sometimes it’s interesting to find out how others envision that scene. I read recently about a children’s Sunday School class that heard the Christmas story and sang the ...read more

  • I Recently Read A News Story About A Little ...

    Contributed on Dec 8, 2005
    based on 4 ratings
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    I recently read a news story about a little village in Austria named Rattenberg. It is “the smallest town in Austria, and getting smaller each year. The town has lost 20 percent of its population in the past two decades, and as of 2005 had only 440 residents. The reason? Darkness. Rattenberg is ...read more

  • Jesus Himself Said To His Disciples, "[l]et Your ...

    Contributed on Dec 8, 2005
    based on 7 ratings
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    Jesus himself said to his disciples, “[L]et your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works, and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) This is a concept that is sometimes a challenge for us. In fact I recently read about a little girl who came home from ...read more

  • A Couple Had Been Fighting Over The Purchase Of ...

    Contributed on Nov 18, 2005
    based on 1 rating
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    A couple had been fighting over the purchase of a new car for weeks. He wanted a new truck. She wanted a fast sports car. The discussion was getting very heated when finally the wife stated, "Look, I want something that goes from 0 to 180 in four seconds or less, and that’s all there is to it! ...read more