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  • Saint Francis For The Twenty-First Century Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 29, 2018
     | 1,266 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
     | 3,494 views

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

  • Make Me An Instrument Of Your Peace Series

    Contributed by Rich Anderson on Feb 13, 2011
    based on 3 ratings
     | 7,125 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.

  • Martyr Missionaries Of Brazil

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jul 7, 2018
     | 1,312 views

    Inacio and his companions continue their witness, but now to hundreds of scuba divers.

    Thursday of the 14th Week in Course 2018 Reformation/Revolution “No gold, nor silver, nor copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor a staff.” It sounds like a scene from the luggage carrel at an airport I flew into a couple of decades ago. But it’s the ...read more

  • "No More Tears"

    Contributed by Kenneth Sauer on Apr 20, 2003
    based on 35 ratings
     | 3,132 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

  • From Passover To Easter

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Apr 22, 2003
    based on 86 ratings
     | 7,561 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

  • "The Hinge Of History"

    Contributed by Kenneth Sauer on Mar 26, 2005
    based on 45 ratings
     | 2,358 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

  • The Witness Of Francis Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Oct 1, 2011
     | 1,774 views

    Francis stands out as an example of radical following of Christ, and an impulsive drive to rebuild the Church.

    Monday of 27th week in Course Testimony of the Saints Saint Francis of Assisi 3 October 2011 (one day early) Tomorrow we celebrate the day of St. Francis of Assisi, and on this note I will take a long break from this series on the Testimony of the Saints, and, God willing, begin next week a ...read more

  • Preparing For The Coming Of Christ Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Nov 5, 2016
     | 2,794 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

  • Stewards Of Children And Creation Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jan 16, 2016
     | 1,641 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

  • Mission And Suffering Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 29, 2014
     | 1,664 views

    We must not marvel that we suffer pain and persecution when we carry the message of Christ to our culture.

    Thursday of the 14th Week in Course Lumen Fidei Pop singers and bands engage in a ritual–they all do. There’s a warmup act, usually a second or third rate band. It’s their Introit and Gloria, except the praise is of the human act to follow. There’s audience ...read more

  • Let Us Go, Let Us Go To Heaven Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jun 1, 2019
     | 869 views

    The Church continues the mission of Jesus Christ as one Body and is able to do so because of the prayer of that same Christ.

    Tuesday of the 7th Week in Easter 2019 Sometimes it helps us to understand that the Roman world in the first century did not speak Latin all over, or write in Latin all over the place. Most of the writing was done in Greek. And the Bible that they used was the Old Testament, because the New ...read more

  • The Encounter With Christ Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 15, 2019
     | 484 views

    For the mystic Francis, "there is nothing but God."

    St. Francis of Assisi, Stigmatic 2019 It was the encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ that gave us the miracle that was Saint Francis of Assisi. That personal relationship with Christ turned a hedonist into an ascetic, a wastrel into Il Poverello, a sinner into a saint. And, that, we must believe, ...read more

  • "Have You Seen Jesus Lately?"

    Contributed by Kenneth Sauer on Nov 18, 2005
    based on 104 ratings
     | 10,503 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
     | 7,736 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