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  • Wes Richard

    Contributing sermons since Mar 11, 2003
Wes's church

Elm Street Church of the Brethren
Lima Ohio , 45804
419-225-1756

About Wes
  • Experience: Over 15 years of missionary work in Japan with the Mennonite Church Twenty years as professor of communication at Buffton University Twenty-six years as co-pastor at Elm Street Church of the Brethren, Lima, OH
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  • God Is Able

    Contributed on Jan 22, 2010
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    Jude's benediction is a wonderful description of what God is able to do

    God is able Jude 24,25 1. Look at the order of our worship in the bulletin. Regular worshipers have come to expect several public prayers in a worship service. Opening Prayer/Invocation- The first prayer of a worship service has one purpose: to invite and acknowledge God’s presence among ...read more

  • Honoring God's Name

    Contributed on Oct 19, 2009
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    Malachi identifies four changes God’s people need to make in order to honor God’s name.

    Last week I was talking with a man who owns a rental property in this neighbor-hood. It is a nice looking house and he told me that he had just finished fixing it up – again. “People just don’t care,” he told me. “My last renters put holes in the wall, broke three windows plus the glass in the ...read more

  • Repent, Refine, Renew

    Contributed on Oct 5, 2009
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    Zechariah emphasizes God’s desire to renew his people through a process of repentance and refining, even as he points to the coming of Christ.

    I once read about a young man who had run away from home because he could not get along with his parents. Somehow, his parents were able to get a message to him, inviting him back home. He wrote back, saying that he was coming home and if they were sure he was welcome, they should hang a white ...read more

  • Serving In One Accord

    Contributed on Aug 19, 2009
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    Spiritual renewal is not just an exercise to make us feel good; it is God’s way of making us better servants.

    Last Tuesday, as I began to prepare for this second message from Zephaniah, a prophet who lived some 2600 years ago, I was searching for a way to connect his words with our own experience, but I was not making progress. By mid-afternoon, I had stalled, so I got up from my desk to do something ...read more

  • The Day Of The Lord

    Contributed on Aug 17, 2009
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    The prophet Zephaniah points us to the meaning of spiritual renewal

    Today I want to begin with a question. How long has it been since you have felt God nudging you to follow him more closely? Some of you may have committed your life to Christ many years ago and you haven’t thought much about it since. Others may be struggling right now with the question of how to ...read more

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  • Hang A White Handkerchief

    Contributed on Oct 5, 2009
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    HANG A WHITE HANDKERCHIEF I once read about a young man who had run away from home because he could not get along with his parents. Somehow, his parents were able to get a message to him, inviting him back home. He wrote back, saying that he was coming home and if they were sure he was welcome, ...read more

  • Waiting For The Shoe To Drop

    Contributed on Sep 24, 2008
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    Waiting for the Shoe to Drop A man living on the first-floor of an apartment got upset every night because the guy living above him dropped his shoes on the floor when he got ready for bed. Every night, the same thing happened. First, the noise from one shoe, then the noise from the other. ...read more

  • Years Ago, A Railroad Bridge Washed Away In The ...

    Contributed on Sep 24, 2008
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    Years ago, a railroad bridge washed away in the rain and a train went hurtling over the edge. Eventually, the man who had signaled a warning with his lantern was put on trial. The judge asked the man to demonstrate how he used his lantern. The lantern man showed how he swung it sideways and up and ...read more

  • A Tax Accountant Told Our Son About A Guy Who ...

    Contributed on Apr 9, 2007
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    A tax accountant told our son about a guy who wanted to declare the loss of his Lincoln Navigator SUV on his tax return. The accountant told the man that insurance usually takes care of things like that and wondered what happened. Here is the story. In the winter some guys decided to go ...read more

  • Maybe You Heard About The Man Who Was Awakened By ...

    Contributed on Mar 30, 2006
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    Maybe you heard about the man who was awakened by his mother one Sunday morning for church. He groaned, saying, “I don’t want to go today.” “Oh, but you must,” she said. “Your shoes are polished; your clothes are ready. You haven’t ...read more