Sermons

Weekly professional powerhouse sermons by Leonard Sweet.

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The Maranatha Church

The Maranatha Church Lectionary 25 November 2018 Christ the King / Reign of Christ Sunday Student Day 2 Samuel 23:1-7 Psalm 132:1-12 Revelation 1:4b-8 John 18:33-37 Text to Life You are a time traveler? Don’t believe me? Unless you have never journeyed beyond a couple hundred miles east or west…

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Unpolished Praise

Unpolished Praise Lectionary 18 November 2018 26th Sunday After Pentecost 1 Samuel 1:4-20 1 Samuel 2:1-10 Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25 Mark 13:1-8 Text to Life As the holidays creep ever closer, the catalogs clog up our mail boxes and post offices. I thought shopping now gets done online these days.…

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The Sound of Heaven

The Sound of Heaven –A Second Master Sermon This Week by Len Sweet There is always something wrong in the suburbs. Whether it be the creativity crushing sameness of street after street; Whether it be the identical house/garage designs and dead-end cul-de-sacs; Whether it be the snatch-it-off-your-porch delivery thefts; or…

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Pilings

Pilings Lectionary 11 November 2018 25th Sunday After Pentecost Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 Psalm 127 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 Text to Life Throughout the final scenes of Jesus’ public ministry, Mark’s gospel documents an ongoing debating match between Jesus and the Sanhedrin. Today we heard how Jesus gets in the last…

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The Death of the Red Heifer

The Death of the Red Heifer Lectionary 4 November 2018 24th Sunday After Pentecost All Saints Sunday Ruth 1:1-18 Psalm 146:1-10 Hebrews 9:11-14 Mark 12:28-34 Text to Life Ask any kid, “What is the scarcest resource in the world?” and you’re likely to get the answer “gold” or “silver.” As…

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Uncloaked

Uncloaked Lectionary 28 October 2018 23rd Sunday After Pentecost Reformation Sunday Job 42:1-6, 10-17 Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22) Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 10:46-52 Text to Life See if you’ve noticed this too. When wondering about a Halloween rig, people don’t usually ask, “What costume are you going to wear?” No, instead we…

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Fire Proof

Fire Proof Lectionary 21 October 2018 22nd Sunday After Pentecost Laity Sunday Job 38:1-7, (34-41) Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45 Text to Life How many times in your life have you, well and truly, “stepped in it”? You know exactly what we’re talking about. Those “cringe and…

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Binge-Live

Binge-Live Lectionary 14 October 2018 Job 23:1-9, 16-17 Psalm 22:1-15 Hebrews 4:12-16 Mark 10:17-31 Text to Life Fall is settling in. The days grow shorter and the nights longer. We are drawn to the warm, flickering glow of luminous light in our living rooms. No, it’s not the fire place.…

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The Maker’s Mark

The Maker’s Mark Lectionary 7 October 2018 World Communion Sunday 20th Sunday After Pentecost Job 1:1; 2:1-10 Psalm 26 Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16 Text to Life Some days it’s “Good morning, God.” Some days it’s “Good God, it’s morning.” Sometimes it seems like life is just one big “rat…

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Keep On Keeping On

Keep on Keeping On –Guest Sermon by Judge Jesse Caldwell 30 September 2018 19th Sunday After Pentecost Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 20-22 Psalm 124 James 5:13-20 Mark 9:38-50 Text to Life A former minister of mine, Dr. Richard Crowder said that at staff meetings at a previous church, he often called…

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