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  • Saint Francis For The Twenty-First Century Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 29, 2018
     | 570 views

    St. Francis stands out in the thirteenth century, perhaps the last great Catholic century, and a recovery of his spirit would be a good start toward converting the culture of this twenty-first century.

    October 4, 2018 St. Francis of Assisi The saint we celebrate today is probably the most famous one of the second Christian millennium, and I suspect also the one we need most to emulate today. Our modern culture is steeped in materialism and consumerism. I can prove that by asking you to ...read more

  • When Is Enough, Enough?

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Oct 14, 2018
     | 1,603 views

    when do we stop accumulating 'things' and follow Jesus admonition to the rich ruler?

    Mark 10:17-31 Our Father, we thank you for your Word and for the eternal truths that guide us day by day. We thank you most of all for the living Word, Jesus Christ, and the sureness of his presence. Teach us how to turn unto you so that your thoughts may be our thoughts, and your ways our ways. ...read more

  • Make Me An Instrument Of Your Peace Series

    Contributed by Rich Anderson on Feb 13, 2011
    based on 1 rating
     | 4,178 views

    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Saint Francis was a man of God and a man of peace. His life is a wonderful example for us all.

    “Lord, use me as an instrument of your peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow your love; Where there is injury pardon; Where there is doubt keep strong my faith; When in my life I face despair O Lord, my faith but comes from hope, in sadness there is joy found in You” This ...read more

  • The Sacred Encounter

    Contributed by Chris Surber on Dec 23, 2009
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,007 views

    In Christ the sacred has taken flesh and broken into the dark reality of this life. The sacred has encountered us.

    “The Sacred Encounter” John 1:1-18 Introduction Ever since returning from a recent pilgrimage to Jerusalem I have been keenly interested in the Crusades. That is, the 500 year period during the middle ages when European Christians took it upon themselves to liberate the Holy Land from Arab ...read more

  • Christians And Christmas, Part 2 - Our Traditions Series

    Contributed by Warren Lamb on Nov 29, 2006
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,463 views

    Last time we learned that the many and varied traditions that we associate with Christmas in America today are from a variety of nations and faith systems and ethnicities. Today we are going to look at some of the traditions that make up the Christmas hol

    As Christmas draws nearer and homes and businesses become more decorated with the symbols of the holiday, I believe it is good for us to pause and reflect on why we do what we do this time of year. Is it simply for traditions’ sake, or is there a more significant meaning? J.I. Packer wrote, “All ...read more

  • "The Hinge Of History"

    Contributed by Kenneth Sauer on Mar 26, 2005
    based on 45 ratings
     | 2,021 views

    An Easter Sermon.

    John 20:1-18 “The Hinge of History” By: Kenneth E. Sauer, Pastor of Parkview United Methodist Church, Newport News, VA www.parkview-umc.org A few years after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, there were several thousand Christians living under Nero in the Roman Empire. And it is ...read more

  • From Passover To Easter

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Apr 22, 2003
    based on 86 ratings
     | 6,771 views

    The feast of Passover foreshadowed Easter in several important ways.

    There are many kinds of sermons. One is the kind you hear from ministers on Sunday mornings. Another is what Saint Francis of Assisi was referring to, when he said, "Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words." Saint Francis, who lived in the thirteenth century, understood that those ...read more

  • "No More Tears"

    Contributed by Kenneth Sauer on Apr 20, 2003
    based on 35 ratings
     | 2,720 views

    An Easter sermon.

    John 20:1-18 “No More Tears” By: Rev. Kenneth Sauer, Pastor of Parkview United Methodist Church, Newport News, VA It was Christ’s resurrection that made the Christian Church… …that transformed a huddle of dispirited and frightened people into that valiant band who were willing to dare ...read more

  • Stewards Of Children And Creation Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jan 16, 2016
     | 1,400 views

    The Church cannot be expected to change position on the evil of murder.

    Thursday of Second Week in Course 2016 Joy of the Gospel The readings today remind me of the cynical epigram: No good deed goes unpunished. David was the champion of Israel, defeating the Philistines time after time. Still, king Saul, who was probably suffering from a long-lasting clinical ...read more

  • Pray For Us Preachers Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jul 3, 2016
     | 2,112 views

    The homily is the touchstone for judging a pastor’s closeness and ability to communicate to his people.

    Thursday of 13th Week in Course Today Jesus’s words are about preaching and service. They are directed to us, to the clergy leaders of the Church, primarily, but really to all Christians. Saint Francis lived out this vocation–he took with him on his journeys almost nothing. He ...read more

  • Preparing For The Coming Of Christ Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Nov 5, 2016
     | 2,135 views

    An authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world

    Thursday of the 31st Week in Course 2016 Joy of the Gospel We stand now very close to the conclusion of our liturgical year, our holy year of grace and mercy that concludes on the Feast of Christ the King. I’m doubly blessed because I get to celebrate Christ the King Sunday twice. In the ...read more

  • Intercession For Atlethes Series

    Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Aug 6, 2010
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,229 views

    God wants to be sought in every part of your life. If you are a football fan, then this short message, testimonial and prayer guide is your tool to enjoying the Lord's power and guidience as you intercede for your favorite football team.

    Title: Intercession for God’s Athletes Theme: Praying for Your Local Football Team Series: Living in the Aroma of Prayer Introduction: Several years ago the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ led me to put together prayer guides for the local church service, the United States of America, and ...read more

  • "Have You Seen Jesus Lately?"

    Contributed by Kenneth Sauer on Nov 18, 2005
    based on 104 ratings
     | 9,817 views

    We are to see and serve and come to know Jesus in loving others.

    “Have You Seen Jesus Lately?” Matthew 25:31-46 Ephesians 1:15-23 By: Rev. Kenneth Sauer, Pastor of Parkview United Methodist Church, Newport News, VA www.parkview-umc.org In his current number one best selling book “Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis” born again Christian ...read more

  • The Virtue Of Patience (5 Of 10) Series

    Contributed by Jeff Armbrester on Feb 23, 2003
    based on 71 ratings
     | 6,622 views

    Patience is more than the ability to wait in line without getting frustrated. Patience is much deeper than waiting in the doctor’s office without getting irritated. Patience is an active endurance of opposition, not a passive resignation.

    A man’s car stalled in the heavy traffic as the light turned green. All his efforts to start the engine failed, and a chorus of honking behind him made matters worse. He finally got out of his car and walked back to the first driver and said, "I’m sorry, but I can’t seem to get my car started. If ...read more

  • "The Gift Of Love"

    Contributed by Kenneth Sauer on Dec 9, 2014
     | 2,121 views

    A Christmas Sermon

    "The Gift of Love" Luke 2:1-20 One morning, when I was staying at my sister's house near Cincinnati, Ohio I heard strange noises outside. So, I opened up the door and looked out. It was garbage day, and overflowing trash cans and recycle bins were lined up and down the street in ...read more