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  • Ain't It Awful

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Feb 4, 2013
    based on 3 ratings
     | 3,358 views

    Elijah mistakenly thought he was alone in his service to God.

    Have you noticed that more and more people seem to be joining the “Ain't it Awful Club”? In fact, there are new chapters forming every day. Some gather in the neighborhood barber shop or beauty salon. Others meet at the community coffee house, the corner pub, or next to the water ...read more

  • Borders

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Feb 4, 2013
     | 2,181 views

    Thanksgiving sermon preached at a community service in Richmond, Virginia.

    Borders Luke 17:11-19 Borders can be places of drama and danger. I’m not just talking about the borders between nations and peoples. Those places are bad enough. Usually, if a nation crosses the border into another country, they are marching either to victory or defeat. Dig through ...read more

  • Dust

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Feb 4, 2013
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,817 views

    Sermon preached at a community Good Friday service in Richmond, Virginia

    DUST “Good Friday Community Meditation” I don’t know what things have been like around your house, but around the Nieporte’s’ household, we’ve been focusing on SPRING CLEANING. Now throughout the year we do clean the house. We mop floors, vacuum the ...read more

  • A Bad Day At Church

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 22, 2007
    based on 28 ratings
     | 3,760 views

    Have you ever had a bad day at church? Jesus did. In fact, one day Jesus went to church and they tried to kill him.

    Have you ever had a bad day at church? Jesus did. In fact, one day Jesus went to church and they tried to kill him. We have all had a bad day at church at least once in our lives. Maybe it was that time when the food you prepared for the fellowship meal did not turn out the way you ...read more

  • The Thanksgiving Packrat

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 22, 2007
    based on 9 ratings
     | 5,193 views

    Thanksgiving sermon based on Psalm 100

    Have you ever seen a young child clap her hands? We have several young children at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church – and they clap their hands for almost anything. Place them in the company of other children and they will clap their hands. Give them some food and their will clap there hands. ...read more

  • Dealing With Transition

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 22, 2007
    based on 8 ratings
     | 2,392 views

    This sermon was preached a week after I have followed God’s call to resign as pastor of a loving church to follow a new call from God.

    Intro: There have been many kind reactions to my announcement (notes, phone calls, visits, chance gathering, compliments) Some more interesting reactions: To my lovely wife Jeana, one person said: “Can’t he go and the rest of you stay!” From Mary D. suffering with serious memory loss, I ...read more

  • It's All In Your Hands

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 22, 2007
    based on 2 ratings
     | 2,032 views

    Dare we believe that God is still at work in this world despite all its brokenness and iniquity? Dare we believe that God can still work in the world through the church despite all the change and cultural upheaval we see taking place in our society?

    Lake Winona was the location of the YMCA campsite in Ormond Beach, Florida – the hometown of my childhood. For two weeks each summer the First Baptist Church would rent the Lake Winona campsite to provide for it Youth and Children’s Ministry. I began attending Junior Camp when I was nine years ...read more

  • A Vision Of God's Greatness

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 22, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,094 views

    When you are moving toward the future, it is good to know where you are going. It is good to have a vision of how things are going to look down the road a bit.

    I have a friend named Sam. He is a big fellow – about 6’ 4”, weighing about 275 lbs. of pure muscle. When Sam was younger, living in Israel, he was a professional soccer player. Sam knows the importance of good physical conditioning not so much as an occasional hobby, but as a way of life. It ...read more

  • Blessed Are The Cheesemakers

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 22, 2007
    based on 2 ratings
     | 2,170 views

    What does it mean to be blessed? What does it mean to be favored by God? And what does it mean to be among those who are cursed with troubles and woes.

    In the Monty Python movie "The Life of Brian" (I am not advocating seeing this movie) Jesus goes up on the mountain side to teach the people. There is a huge crowd gathered around him. In fact, the crowd is so vast that the people who are on the outer edge of the gathering cannot hear what is ...read more

  • Do You Enjoy God

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 22, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,639 views

    This was preached two Sundays after my resignation, dealing with the approaching time of transition that the church (and pastor) will be experiencing.

    Introduction: Hold items dug up in the process of moving. Use them as references to all of the change that we have experienced individually and as a church. File – containing clergy records Church – nearly 75% of you were not actively involved when I arrived New article – 911 and all that ...read more

  • Revealing A Great God

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 19, 2007
    based on 11 ratings
     | 2,977 views

    Our purpose is not to build a great church, but to reveal a great God.

    His name was Simon, but his friends called him Peter. If we translated his name into our language we would probably call him “Rocky” or “The Rock.” Peter was one of Jesus best students—one of his closest followers. He had heard most of Jesus sermons and parables. He had been present for most of ...read more

  • Do Not Be Discouraged

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 19, 2007
    based on 6 ratings
     | 3,883 views

    When God is involved, the future is always better than the past.

    Have you ever felt nostalgic for the good old days? Have you ever experienced a longing and yearning for the way things use to be? I remember once visiting in a home of a family with a young child. The parents of this young boy had just converted his room from being that of a toddler to that ...read more

  • Pulling Up Stakes

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 19, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 789 views

    God is always calling us onward.

    Have you ever been camping? I do not mean camping in a cabin or camper. I mean camping in the great outdoors, bundled up in a sleeping bag, with nothing but a tent between you and the wild creatures that roam the woods. I have only been once been once and I hated it. Knowing what you know ...read more

  • The Gift Of Righteousness

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 19, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,578 views

    Righteousness is God’s gift to us, not our gift to God.

    Two men go to church to pray First – one of the few, the proud, the chosen – one of the Pharisees Rules—obeyed; Rituals—observed; Regulations—followed. Religion = Performance He performed well. He was self-centered, self-serving, and self-righteous. Sabbath – prayer time. Song of ...read more

  • Danger In The Water

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 19, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 764 views

    First sermon at Patterson Avenue Baptist as pastor.

    I want to thank you for the warm reception we have received since our arrival in Richmond. Your kindness and generosity has touched my family’s heart and made us feel at home very quickly in this great city. Many of you have commented on the fact that you have been praying for my former parish ...read more