170604 Psalm 51:10-13

Sermon Text: Psalm 51:10-13
Sermon Theme: Pentecost: A Day to Remember The Often Forgotten Member of the Trinity

For almost two months, you and I gathered for our weekly worship services during the Easter Season of the church year. During this time, we remembered how in great love for you and me God the Father sent his one and only Son to be your Savior and mine. We celebrated the great victory of our Savior, Jesus Christ, as he rose on Easter Sunday defeating sin, death and the devil. As you and I celebrated the Easter Season, how often did you think about the third member of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit? Today, our worship service gives you and me the opportunity to focus specifically on the quite work of the Holy Spirit. Today, you and I celebrate PENTECOST: A DAY TO REMEMBER THE OFTEN FORGOTTEN MEMBER OF THE TRINITY. Listen now as I read for you from the Psalm appointed for this day. As I read this section of God's Word, note what David has to say about God the Holy Spirit. We read from Psalm 51, verses 10 – 13:

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.

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170528 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Text: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Theme: Do Not Lose Heart

When was the last time you felt like giving up? Maybe it was when your team was down, and it didn't look like you had any chance of winning the game. Perhaps many parents have felt like giving up from time to time, as they are cleaning up one mess, and their children are right behind them making another. Even the strongest of Christians may find themselves having the kind of attitude that wants to simply give up. When our sin and the sin in our world makes life on this earth difficult for us, we may find ourselves thinking, "What's the use? I might as well give up!" It is at just these difficult times in our life that we need to return to the Word of God. The portion of God's Word before us today is a great place for all of us to turn to when we are experiencing the feelings of "throwing in the towel" and giving up. This morning our loving Savior-God comes to us in his holy Word and encourages each one of us: "Do not lose heart."

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170521 1 Peter 3:15

Text: 1 Peter 3:15
Theme: Are You Prepared?

I am going to guess that there is a lot of preparing that is going on at this time of year. I am thinking especially of students: students who either spent a lot of time or are spending a lot of time preparing to take their final tests of the year; or those students who graduate this year, and the preparing that is taking place as you look forward to hosting a Graduation party; or, as you graduate, you are preparing for the "next step", whether that is the next level of schooling or entering the work force and starting a new job.

To all of us who are students of God's Word, I have a question for you: Are you prepared? Are you prepared to do those things we just sang about in our hymn: "to serve the best I'm able, whate'er the call may be", or "from door to door I witness, to share my Savior's plea"? Are you prepared? For an answer to that question, I invite you to listen again to one verse taken from the Second Lesson that Pastor read earlier for us. It is in 1 Peter chapter three, that we read this in verse 15 of the chapter:

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

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170514 Exodus 20:12

Text: Exodus 20:12
Theme: Honor Your Mother

Since 1886 the Statue of Liberty has towered above Bedloe's Island at the entrance to New York Harbor. Standing over 150 feet tall, this American monument is recognized around the world as an enduring symbol of the freedoms we enjoy.

The French sculptor Frederic Bartholdi devoted twenty years of his life to building the statue, personally supervising the raising of the $4,000,000 needed to complete a work of such magnitude. When the subscriptions lagged, Bartholdi pledged his own private fortune to defray the expenses and practically impoverished himself over the work.

When Bartholdi began his search for a model whose form and features would embody what he hoped to reproduce as "Liberty," he received much contradictory counsel. After examining all the possibilities, Bartholdi chose as the model for his colossal masterpiece (according to some accounts)...his own mother.

What an honor to be viewed as the face of freedom for over 130 years! What an honor to be the symbol of opportunity for millions who have passed by on crowded ships as they journeyed to a new world! But above all, what an honor to be held in such high regard, to be so dearly loved, to be memorialized in such a meaningful way by one's own child!

It would be impossible for us to match the grand scale of Frederic Bartholdi, but today we honor our mothers in our own unique ways. For Christians Mother's Day is also a day of thanksgiving because we recognize the source of this great blessing. God himself established the family. God gives women the ability to become mothers. God gives women the wisdom and gentleness and patience to be good mothers. And the Lord spoke about the relationships between parents and children long before Hallmark was printing its first Mother's Day cards.

On this Mother's Day, we are not just celebrating a national holiday. We are here to thank and praise God for the gift of God-fearing mothers. And our gratitude will show itself as we seek to put into practice the timeless words of the Fourth Commandment (altered slightly to fit the occasion)...

HONOR YOUR MOTHER

I. She is God's chosen representative
II. She is God's channel of blessing

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