Category Archives: Sermons

There Goes the Neighborhood

25 years ago, when Dave and I built and moved into our current home, our neighborhood was very new. We were the third house to be built there.  As the years passed, the development was completed. With each new house … Continue reading

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Putting on Love

Junior High Youth Sunday Meditations on the qualities in Love Wake Up to Love How great it would be to wake up in the morning, decide how we wanted to treat people, and then put on a piece of clothing … Continue reading

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A Priceless Gift

I’ll never forget the day we opened the package. We were excitedly unwrapping wedding gifts after returning from our honeymoon.  We opened a gift from a friend of Dave’s parents. We pulled it out of the box.  Talking in the … Continue reading

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Strong and Ready

A young strong man at the construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He kept making fun of one of the older workers. After several minutes, the older worker had had enough. “Why … Continue reading

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Meditations & Hymns

CALL TO CONFESSION—comments on 2 Samuel 11-12 David has made a grievous mistake. He committed adultery with the wife of Uriah. Then to protect himself and have the woman he desired, David had Uriah killed.  David broke God’s commandments.  David … Continue reading

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Porch-Sitting

Dave grew up in a large Dutch Colonial home in suburban Philadelphia. It was an old house with lots of charm. The house had a dumb waiter that was used as a laundry chute and a back stairway for servants … Continue reading

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Boundless Bottle of Oil

Going beyond the ordinary. Thinking out of the box. Great accomplishments in life and ministry happen when we commit ourselves to achieving new things.  In 1937 Dan West thought out of the box. He was in Spain working to provide … Continue reading

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Practice, Practice, Practice

Hoagy Carmichael was a music composer perhaps best known for the songs Stardust and Heart and Soul.  The story is told that Hoagy once decided to take up golf. Lessons were arranged with an instructor. At the first session Carmichael … Continue reading

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Spirit Formed Community

In our world, the way we define community is constantly changing.  We used to think of community as a geographic term—the place or town where a group of people lived. But with suburban sprawl the boundaries of communities became less … Continue reading

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Achieving Greatness

Dave and I have a piece of art that pictures a woman sitting in a log cabin working on a quilt. It is painted by one of our favorite artists. The picture hung in our family room for many years. … Continue reading

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