Michael’s Sermons

 

Revenge is Not in the Christian Lexicon

Matthew 5:38-42 Feb. 25, 2018 Welcome to some of the most misunderstood and most controversial words of Jesus. An uncareful reading of this passage makes it sound as if a disciple of Jesus should let evil rule the day, that we have no right to protect ourselves from...

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

February 19, 2018 Matthew 5:33-36 Am I the only one that thinks this or do you agree that there is there a lot of lying going on these days? Every week, it seems that journalists are trying to determine who is telling the truth as they report the news. Of course, a...

Christ’s Way to Love: Denying Self

Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day February 14, 2018 So today is the day that we celebrate L-O-V-E. My first memory of Valentine’s Day goes back to my first-grade class.  Our assignment was to bring a valentine for our classmates.  All the valentines were put into a...

Who Gets the Church?

February 5, 2018 Matthew 5:31-32; Mark 10:1-10 One day I received a call in my office at Trinity Baptist Church and an unmistakable voice said, “Hey, Mike. I’ve got a question for you.” I said, “O.K. What is it?” “Who gets the church?” I said, “What?” He said, “Yeah....

From C1 to T7 Avoiding Lust

Matthew 5:27-30 January 28, 2018 Several months ago, I was listening to a radio station that attracts listeners by allowing them to play armchair therapists. It works like this.  A caller phones in with a problem and the disk jockey moderates the responses of other...

Murder is More than Premeditated Killing

Matthew 5:21-26 January 21, 2018 The laws of our country resulted from the laws of other great civilizations, which are noted in the rock face of the “Eastern Pediment” of the Supreme Court Building.  Front and center is Moses holding the Ten Commandments. One of the...

The Fake News Spread About Jesus

Matthew 5:17-20 January 14, 2018 When Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden, they had one command or law to follow, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day...

Behold I Do A New Thing

By now, most of you have gotten something new since the last time we gathered or you’ve given something new to someone. We like new things.  We like new clothes, new cars, and new gadgets. Tonight, we will celebrate the coming of the New Year and we don’t even know...