Sermons on Luke

Sermons on Luke

Palm Sunday – Triumph and Tears

Triumph & TearsPalm Sunday, April 10, 2022 – First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, IowaLuke 19:43-44 “For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” • Introduction: Be prepared: Boy Scout mottoI was never…

The Exodus

The Exodus Luke 9:31 and other Scriptures Sunday, March 13, 2022 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa “And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.”  Luke 9:30-31   Introduction This morning’s sermon is called “The Exodus” and if follows that use of that word long after the actual event in which the people of Israel left 400…

When Satan Tempted the Lord Jesus

When Satan Tempted the Lord JesusLuke 4:1-13; Psalm 91:1-12Sunday, March 6, 2022 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa • Introduction:The root of temptation is, I believe, that notion that we can be our own gods. We don’t need the real God and we can hold that God accountable to meet our needs without us being accountable ourselves. This seems to be the mindset of a particular group of scientists, at least according to a joke I found online:“One…

Children of the Most High

Children of the Most High Luke 6:35  “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.  For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.” Sunday, February 20, 2022 at the First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa   Introduction: The man who hated the story of the Prodigal Son. This passage is further on in the “Sermon on the Plain”, Luke’s…

The Beatitudes

The BeattitudesJeremiah 17:5-10; Luke 6:17-26Sunday, February 13, 2022 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa• Intro. it is better to have a few good friends than many friends who are shallow.Several years ago, when I was working at a summer camp in Ohio, a young man asked me for some advice about friends. He wasn’t that popular in school, and it bothered him. I inquired about the friends that he did have, and he told me of a few.…

Bearing Good Fruit

Bearing Good FruitSunday, December 12, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, IowaLuke 3:8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. • Introduction: True repentance involves planning for the mindset involved indicates a change in thinking and in worldview. As such it is an ongoing part of the…

The Paths of Peace

The Paths of PeaceSunday, December 5, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa2nd Sunday of AdventLuke 2:79  • IntroductionI found this old story about peace that seems appropriate for this day in age. It goes like this: “Long ago a man sought the perfect picture of peace. Not finding one that satisfied, he announced a contest to produce this masterpiece. The challenge stirred the imagination of artists everywhere, and paintings arrived from far and wide. Finally the great…
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