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  • Tonight We Remember Series

    Contributed by Paul Zwarich on Apr 15, 2011
    based on 4 ratings

    A sermon for Maundy Thursday

    Maundy Thursday John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Two middle-aged couples were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, "Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?" "Outstanding," Fred replied. "They taught us all the latest psychological more

  • Bread Of Life

    Contributed by Paul Zwarich on Jul 30, 2008
    based on 7 ratings

    Jesus came back from His retreat after John’s death focused on the only power that could defeat evil.

    Lectionary 18 A Matthew 14:13-21 In the past I have no doubt that most of you have heard the account of the “Feeding of the Five Thousand” and that you know that the story informs us of the miracle of how Jesus multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish into enough food to feed five thousand more

  • One Line Parables

    Contributed by Paul Zwarich on Jul 25, 2008
    based on 10 ratings

    Even though the rich blessings God intends for us may appear to be of no more value than a seed or a handful of yeast we should not deceive ourselves.

    Lectionary 17 A Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 This morning we heard a number of “One – Line Parables” that Jesus used to describe the Kingdom of God to illustrate how God’s power and authority is visible and expressed in our world. Unlike the longer “Story Parables” like the Good Samaritan or the more

  • Saints And Sinners

    Contributed by Paul Zwarich on Jul 17, 2008
    based on 8 ratings

    God patiently tolerates the presence of the weeds in His field rather than risk uprooting even a single stalk of wheat.

    Lectionary 16 A Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43 This morning our Gospel text explores a very important issue that I think all of us have contemplated at one point or another. I know that I have sometimes wondered about this subject as I watched the evening news or listened to the radio or witnessed more

  • God's Amazing Harvest

    Contributed by Paul Zwarich on Jul 10, 2008
    based on 14 ratings

    God is a generous seed sower.

    Lectionary 15 A Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 This morning our Gospel reading presents to us one of the better known parables of Jesus that we have come to know as “The Parable of the Sower.” Now in Matthews Gospel, “The Parable of the Sower” actually stands as the first parable in a whole series more

  • Come To Me

    Contributed by Paul Zwarich on Jul 2, 2008
    based on 16 ratings

    The Gospel message today gives us the “Good News” that God loves us just the way we are when we are yoked to His death and resurrection.

    Lectionary 14 A Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Some of you may have seen the joke that circulated this week on e-mail that tries to explain why Moses and the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for forty years. The punch line of the e-mail read, “Even then, men would not stop for more

  • Christ's Ambassadors

    Contributed by Paul Zwarich on Jun 24, 2008
    based on 7 ratings

    When Christ’s Disciples reach out to the less fortunate with a hand of compassion they are in fact reaching out to Him.

    Lectionary 13 A Matthew 10:40-42 This morning our gospel text concludes the discourse that Jesus gave to His disciples when He commissioned them to continue the ministry that He had begun with the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Two weeks ago the Gospel of Matthew informed us that after more

  • Cost Of Discipleship

    Contributed by Paul Zwarich on Jun 13, 2008
    based on 17 ratings

    No matter what happens in the course of our daily lives, we can be confident that today and tomorrow are in God’s gracious hands.

    Lectionary 12 A Matthew 10:24-39 There is an old, old story that is told about a couple that were walking out of church one Sunday morning when the wife suddenly turned to her husband and said to him, “John, did you see the strange hat Mrs. O’Brien was wearing in Church today?” Without more

  • Faith Requires Action

    Contributed by Paul Zwarich on May 28, 2008
    based on 38 ratings

    Today’s gospel message is not a lesson on how to avoid storms, but rather how to build our lives in order to withstand that storms that will come.

    Lectionary 9 Matthew 7:21-29 A Rabbi and a Soap Maker went for a walk one day at the park and studied the people who had come out to enjoy the warm summer day. After going about a mile along the path the soap maker suddenly turned to the Rabbi and said to him, “Rabbi, what good is religion? more

  • Do Not Worry

    Contributed by Paul Zwarich on May 28, 2008
    based on 1 rating

    This sermon highlights a person who had been graced by God to mourn without bitterness, to sorrow without anger, to trust without resentment, and to rest in the peace of Christ which surpasses every man’s understanding.

    Lectionary 8 Matthew 6:24-34 Money! One thing that I have learned as a Pastor is that people worry about money. Even when I meet with couples that are planning to get married money is a number one concern. Worrying about money is said to be one of the biggest concerns in our society more

  • Ordinary People

    Contributed by Paul Zwarich on May 28, 2008
    based on 6 ratings

    God has chosen unlikely people to do impossible tasks and has called ordinary people to be his presence in the world.

    Lectionary 11 Matthew 9:35 – 10:8 (9-23) A father, tired after Church one Sunday morning, pretended to be asleep in his chair in front of the T.V. as his kids tried their best to wake him from his Sunday nap to join them in the back yard. Finally, after several attempts to wake him his more

  • Follow Me

    Contributed by Paul Zwarich on May 28, 2008
    based on 7 ratings

    God has called me, a poor sinner, to be His disciple in His creation.

    Lectionary 10 Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26 Harry Truman is said to have loved telling a story about a man who had been hit on the head at work. The blow was so severe that the man was knocked unconscious for an extended period of time. His family, convinced he was dead, called the funeral home and more