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  • Reluctant Recruits

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Jan 1, 2018
     | 1,787 views

    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 by Robert Leroe on Jul 10, 2017
     | 1,225 views

    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 Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Nov 26, 2016
    based on 2 ratings
     | 5,535 views

    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 by Robert Leroe on Apr 7, 2016
     | 3,345 views

    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 by Robert Leroe on Mar 30, 2016
     | 1,534 views

    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

  • Choose This Day Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Mar 14, 2016
     | 2,673 views

    We cannot be neutral. When God calls us, He demands strict and exclusive loyalty. We're to renounce all God-substitutes. We have a choice to make.

    Knowing he is near the end of his life, Joshua assembles the elders to give one last charge to Israel. It is a solemn moment, and the climax of the book. Joshua's last words are rooted in history, and in the wondrous works of God the children of Israel witnessed themselves. Joshua reminds his ...read more

  • Labor Pains

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Mar 8, 2016
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,238 views

    A sermon on job satisfaction. Do you have a dead-end "job" or a holy "vocation"? Work worthy of your calling.

    I’d like to read to you a workplace memo on the subject of “Absenteeism”… “The frequent absences by personnel have been brought to the attention of the company executives, and the following changes will be in effect immediately: -Sickness: There is no excuse. ...read more

  • "I Want That Mountain!" Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Mar 8, 2016
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,093 views

    Caleb was resolute in his faith and objectives. He shows us that life is a matter of perspective. Where others saw obstacles, he saw opportunities.

    When I was in high school in New Jersey, I attended a church whose youth leader loved to sing an old-timey chorus: “I want that mountain, I want that mountain; where the milk and honey flow, where the grapes of Eschol grow. I want that mountain, I want that mountain, the mountain that the ...read more

  • Stopping The Sun Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Feb 28, 2016
     | 2,465 views

    God is the Warrior who fights for His people. When we're operating on our own, we accomplish what talent and education and money can do. When we're walking with God, we accomplish what God can do.

    “Stopping the Sun” -Joshua 10:1, 5-14; Pastor Bob Leroe, Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus, Massachusetts (28 Feb 2016) It turns out that D-Day wasn't “The Longest Day.” It was the Battle of the 5 kings! Here's how it began: Israel was deceived into making ...read more

  • Sin In The Camp Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Feb 22, 2016
     | 2,123 views

    God's punishment upon Achan (and his family and possessions) seems severe...and it was, because sin is a serious matter. Sin is rebellion. Sin is covenant-breaking. Sin is choosing to go our way and reject God's way. And sin has consequences.

    Hamlet famously complained that “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Joshua found that something was rotten in Canaan, within his own people. After devoting himself to God, and after a miraculous victory at Jericho, Joshua's army suffered a defeat in Ai. Israel was enjoying ...read more

  • "Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho" Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Feb 8, 2016
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,045 views

    This was the Lord of Host's battle, and His victory. The strategy was unconventional, but effective, and a reminder of the holy wrath of God upon wickedness.

    God is depicted in the Book of Joshua as a Warrior--One who leads His people into battle and gives them victory. Throughout Scripture, God is referred to as the “Lord of Hosts,” literally “armies.” Joshua engaged the enemy in the Name and power of God, a holy conflict. ...read more

  • Crossing On Dry Ground Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Jan 31, 2016
     | 1,728 views

    Whether crossing a river or conquering the land, it would all be done by God's might and direction. And by remembering these glory days, they would revere God all their days.

    >6 major events: Consecration, Crossing, Memorial, Circumcision, Passover, Warrior There are significant days we will always remember--days when we took a bold new step, eager to see what God would do. Israel was about to take a giant step across the Jordan River to the Land of Promise. ...read more

  • Rahab And The Spies Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Jan 18, 2016
     | 2,395 views

    There was a time when we were like Rahab. We were outside of the family of God, living in the blindness and corruption of sin, till God instilled faith in us. Like Rahab, we are invited just as we are. God will take us and transform us.

    This is a story of grace... The last time spies were sent to do a covert reconnaissance of the Promised Land, there were twelve, sent by Moses, and only two of them, Caleb and Joshua, had faith to believe God would grant Israel victory. Perhaps symbolically, Joshua sent two men to glean ...read more

  • You Can't Get There From Here Series

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Jan 11, 2016
     | 2,125 views

    Joshua provides a bridge between Israel's unsettled wanderings and the establishment of a new nation. The children of Israel were shaken by the death of Moses, and were filled with uncertainty about their future...yet God hadn't left.

    Mainers like to say when giving directions, “You can't get there from here”...or more accurately, “You can't get they-ahh from hee-yahh.” The children of Israel must have thought that, journeying through the wilderness to the promised land. It had been a long, grueling ...read more

  • New Year's Food

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Jan 5, 2016
     | 1,384 views

    Just as we eat traditional foods at New Year, we partake of the Bread and Cup in the most significant meal of all.

    I was twenty-four years old ... when I first became aware ... of what it meant to be ... under the scalpel of God's word. It was then ... that I heard and understood clearly ... that I was a sinner .... and as such .... had no right to eternity ... in heaven. I remember being cut through ...read more