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  • Robert Leroe

    Contributing sermons since Sep 13, 2001
Robert's church

First Parish Congregational Church
Wakefield, Massachusetts 01880

About Robert
  • Education: B.A., B.D., M.A., D.Min, graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff College, C.P.E.
  • Experience: 26 years of active military service as a US Army Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel), to include service in Germany, Korea, Hungary (NATO Operation Joint Endeavor), and Saudi Arabia (Desert Storm), then 17 years as Pastor of Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus MA, Interim Minister at First Parish Congregational, Wakefield MA
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: The discipline of preparing a manuscript (rather than an outline) is important because our message is important. The act of preaching is too important to speak extemporaneously. We can and do add things that "come to us" while preaching, but we come fully prepared. My final copy is that which I prepare after having preached, adding thoughts that I added in the pulpit. I then email my sermons to my mailing list, even to those who were present Sunday (for reinforcement), extending my ministry.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: I’ve always conducted sermon series, which I think gave my congregation a structure and focus.
  • Family: Wife--Laura
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Be substantive but avoid professional, theological terms (unless you explain/define them). A sermon is to both inform and inspire, and must include exposition and application, in the same fashion as Paul’s epistles. The worst style of preaching is the one you use the most.
  • Books that have had an impact: Reversed Thunder & Answering God by Eugene Peterson Today’s Gospel by Walter Chantry The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis How Should We Then Live by Francis Schaeffer From Fear to Faith by D.Martyn Lloyd-Jones The Search for Compassion by Andrew Purves Evangelicals on the Cantebury Trail by Robert Webber Our Father Abraham by Marvin Wilson The God Who Loves You, by Peter Kreeft Decision-Making & the Will of God, by Garry Friessen Gilead by Marilyn Robinson The Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge
  • Hobbies: Guitar, Kayaking
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: God is in control of everything--we can rest in the safety of His hand and trust His sovereign purpose. We may not know what tomorrow may hold, but we can know the One who holds tomorrow.
  • What I want on my tombstone: pro deo et patria
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  • Reluctant Recruits

    Contributed on Jan 1, 2018

    Jesus did not present a rosy, unrealistic picture of the Christian life. In Luke 9 we encounter 3 potential recruits. Jesus appraises their resolve, exposes their excuses, and urges them to consider the cost of discipleship

    It’s Career Day at the high school and a small crowd is gathered at the Army’s booth. A Recruiter tells the students about field duty in the winter, eating MRE’s, family separations, grueling physical exercise, frequent moves, and the likelihood of war…and pretty soon he’s standing alone. The ...read more

  • Between Two Kingdoms

    Contributed on Jul 2, 2017

    Christians live within the tension of being in a fallen, broken world, while trying not to be influenced by it.

    “He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of His beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13). As Christians, living between two kingdoms is what we do every single day, regardless of where we are. We face the challenge of living as Christ’s followers in an unholy, ...read more

  • Sacred Statements

    Contributed on Nov 22, 2016
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    Duties to God and to others, a summary of God's will for us.

    The Ten Commandments…a Sermon Series…Pastor Bob Leroe, D.Min...Cliftondale Congregational Church Introduction to the Ten Commandments Matthew 5:17-20, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. I ...read more

  • Our Eyes Are On You

    Contributed on Apr 3, 2016

    A final sermon to a congregation at my retirement. This may help fellow-pastors who need to construct a last, parting message.

    I have served as your 14th pastor, and I'm retiring again after 17 years here in Saugus. I'm retiring just as I did after 25 years as an Army Chaplain--with fond memories and no regrets. This is all to the glory of God. Our choir sang “To God be the Glory,” which was sung at my ...read more

  • The Lordship Of The Risen Christ

    Contributed on Mar 27, 2016
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    A key accomplishment of the empty tomb is so Jesus might be “the Lord of both the dead and the living.” Lordship implies ownership or the right to exercise authority over another. When we come to Jesus, we're under new management.

    “Christ died and returned to life so that He might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.” A few months ago I was summoned to serve jury duty for a serious murder case. Because of my former work with law enforcement and corrections, I wasn't selected, but I followed the case, ...read more

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  • The Impossible

    Contributed on May 14, 2013

    Madeline L’Engle writes, "If Mary had the courage to take the impossible into her body, can we not have the ...read more

  • Tabernacle Faith

    Contributed on Apr 7, 2013
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    TABERNACLE FAITH Rabbi Jonathan Sacks writes about the feast of Tabernacles: "Sitting in the booth underneath its canopy of leaves, I often think of my ancestors and their wanderings across Europe in search of safety; and I begin to understand how faith was their only home. Their existence was ...read more

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    Contributed on Apr 3, 2013
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    Pastor Mark Driscoll states: "The only thing that gets me out of bed on Monday morning is the picture in the Book of Revelation of King ...read more

  • We Are Like What We Worship

    Contributed on Jan 29, 2013
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    WE ARE LIKE WHAT WE WORSHIP N.T. Wright observes, we "become like what we worship; we take on the character of our object of worship. Those who worship money become, eventually, human calculating machines. Those who worship sex become obsessed with their own attractiveness or prowess. Those ...read more

  • The God-Alphabet

    Contributed on Jan 7, 2013
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    THE GOD-ALPHABET J. Vernon McGee observed: "From an alphabet you make words, and Jesus Christ is called the 'Word of God' -- the full revelation and intelligent ...read more