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Romans 1:18-23 (NRSV)          18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 Ever since the creation of the world […]

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Matthew 2:1-12 (NRSV)       1 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we have observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay […]

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Savior and Lord

December 19, 2014No Comments

On December 15, I posted a sermon based on Luke 2:8-20. Prior to preparing those remarks, I composed another sermon, one that I did not preach. I present it now as an alternative to the one I did preach. This alternative is more narrowly focused on verses 11 and 12 of Luke, chapter 2. Not […]

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Luke 2:8-20 (NRSV)       8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then the angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be […]

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A Sermon on Luke 1:5-20 (NRSV)       5 In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all […]

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It is likely that King David wrote Psalm 4 when he was undergoing a great deal of criticism. There may have been a downturn in the economy because of a drought, which, of course, would have impacted farmers and growers. We may infer this from the reference in verse 7 to “grain and wine” in […]

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CHRISTMAS INTERRUPTIONS Matthew 1:18-25 (NRSV)       18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to […]

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What would a ministry of discipleship look like in the life of a congregation? I am sure that such a pursuit might take a number of different shapes, but I would like to propose one to see what you might think and how you might refine it. When I talk about a ministry of discipleship, […]

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The One

December 16, 2013No Comments

THE ONE A Sermon Presented by Isaac Butterworth at First Presbyterian Church, Wichita Falls, Texas, during Sunday morning worship on December 15, 2013 Matthew 11:2-19 (NRSV) 2When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or […]

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