Sermons by Dan Vellinga

Sermons by Dan Vellinga

The Power of Words

The Power of WordsSunday, August 22, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, IowaJohn 6:60-63Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The…

Taught By God

Taught by GodSunday August 15, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, IowaJohn 6:44-45 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, “and they shall all be taught by God.” Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. • IntroductionIt is a wonderful complement to all educators that God is a teacher.…

Some of the symbolism of Holy Communion

Some of the Symbolism of Holy CommunionSunday, August 1, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, IowaJohn 6:53-55Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is…

The Easy Yoke

The Easy YokeMatthew 11:25-30Sunday, May 16, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa Introduction:A former Marine started a new career as a teacher. Just before the school year started, he injured his back. He was required to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body. Fortunately, the cast fit under his shirt and wasn’t noticeable. On the first day of class, he found himself assigned to the most challenging students in the school. The students,…

Mary and the Great Prayer

Mary and the Great PrayerSunday, May 9, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, IowaLuke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. (repeated on Sunday, May 9, 2021, Mothers’ Day, at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa) There was a little boy named Johnny who used to hang out at the local corner market. The owner didn’t know what Johnny’s problem was, but…

The Good Shepherd

The Good ShepherdJohn 10:14 I am the good shepherd; and I know my sheep, and am known by My own.Sunday, April 25, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa• IntroductionLloyd Ogilvie, the former Chaplain of the Senate and Pastor of Hollywood Presbyterian Church tells of being in the Middle East and watching a group of shepherds walk a large flock down a hillside one evening. As they got nearer each man called to his sheep and out of…

Promise

PromiseLuke 24:49 “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”Sunday, April 18, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa• IntroductionThe best definition of faith that I know is in Hebrews 11:6, which says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of…

Peace

PeaceJohn 20:21 “So Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’”Sunday, April 11, 2022 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa• IntroductionThere’s a joke about peace involving Charlie Brown and Lucy. “In the Peanuts cartoon Lucy says to Charlie Brown, ‘I hate everything. I hate everybody. I hate the whole wide world!” Charlie says, ‘But I thought you had inner peace.” Lucy replies, ‘I do have inner peace. But…

The Spirit is Willing

The Spirit is WillingMark 14:38 “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa IntroductionI stopped making New Year’s Resolutions many years ago, mainly because the resolution to stop making resolutions is the only resolution I have kept. I remember, years ago, resolving to become more organized so I bought a datebook that came with a “how to organize your life”…

Honor from the Father

Honor from the FatherSunday, March 21, 2021Fifth Sunday of Lent at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, IowaJohn 12:26 “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”• Introduction: The Remains of the DayThere’s a famous novel about a man who was the butler to a wealthy British nobleman, a duke or an early or something, who labored for years under the…

God Our Savior

God Our SaviorSunday, February 28, 2021Titus 3:5 “…not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,…” Introduction: You don’t have to…you get to…Look at all the good works mentioned in this letterI remember some friends in Spokane, Washington who always encouraged their friends to do good by considering the opportunity to do something good something to cherish. “You don’t ‘have to”,…

From Life to Life

From Life to LifeFebruary 14, 2021 at The First Congregational Church of Marshalltown, Iowa2 Kings 2:1-12 Introduction: upon meeting someone importantThis time, ten years ago, I was working as a chaplaincy resident at a large hospital in Toledo, Ohio. One of the most embarrassing moments that whole year was when I was asked to attend a meeting with top level doctors, administrators and nurses with a family who lost someone recently at the hospital. During the course of the meeting,…