Summary: A basic approach to life for the Christian should be celebration of the presence of Christ.

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Matthew 9:14-17

Sermon Objective: A basic approach to life for the Christian should be celebration of the presence of Christ and that, like him – we should too, be everywhere spreading his love.

Supporting Scripture: Isaiah 51:11-12; Luke 19:35-40; 2 Corinthians 5:16-18; Galatians 5:18-25; Revelation 4:1-11


We have begun a new series called Lessons From the Garden. You are aware that there are characteristics of many fruits & vegetables which we can learn from and transfer in different ways to life.

Past week’s sermon included “A Lesson from the Onion” and “A Lesson from Asparagus.” We’ve seen how Christ’s love saturates and infiltrates its environment just like an onion does and how real ministry and a sense of brokenness may not look good or be easy to swallow but it is sure good for our spiritual health.

Upcoming sermons will include:

• The Garlic (9:18-26)

• The Strawberry (9:35-38)

Today’s sermon is A Lesson From The Potato.


Vickie and I are in the planning stages of next year’s garden. It will be the first garden we have planted while in the North Country and that will mean a few different plants. We’re looking forward to preparing the beds, etc. so we will be ready next spring. The youth group will begin preparing the soil here at the church for their community garden too.

One of the vegetables Vickie and I have traditionally planted is the potato. The reason is because it is such a common staple in our diet. In fact, potatoes are one of the most common staples in the American diet as a whole. Idaho alone grew over 12.2 billion pounds of potatoes last year. It is over a $1 billion dollar cash crop for them.

The average American eats over 140 pounds of potatoes each year. And we have become very creative at it. We eat them roasted, creamed, fried, baked, boiled, sliced, dehydrated, flaked, chipped, hashed, au-gratin style, and mashed. We love our potatoes! There is even a Potato Hall of Fame in Idaho and a Potato Museum in Pennsylvania.

What a vegetable the Potato. It is how many men identify themselves. Ladies, I suspect some of you are married to men you would define as “Meat and Potato” kind of guys.

Ah yes, the potato, it is everywhere, very common indeed. Regardless of where you shop or where you dine the potato will be on the menu.

And there is a lesson to be learned from this common commodity. Just as the potato is everywhere enjoyed so God’s Son is to be everywhere enjoyed.

The presence of Jesus in one’s life should invoke a celebration!


14 Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”

15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.

16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse.

17 Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

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