Sermons

Weekly professional powerhouse sermons by Leonard Sweet.

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Ready for Rapture

Ready for Rapture     Lectionary 26 May 2019 6th Sunday of Easter   Acts 16:9-15 Psalm 67 Revelation 21:1-10, 22-22:5 John 14:23-29     The length of our days grows longer, as we approach the summer equinox (still three and a half weeks away). There is more sunlight and…

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“A Rock in a Weary Land”

“A Rock in a Weary Land” Lectionary 12 May 2019 4th Sunday of Easter Festival of the Christian Home Acts 9:36-43 Psalm 23 Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30 Text to Life In Washington State several communities have recently passed new laws making it illegal to prohibit residents from having certain breeds…

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Blindsided

Blindsided Lectionary 5 May 2019 3rd Sunday of Easter Acts 9:1-6 (7-20) Psalm 30 Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19 Text to Life It is now truly, fully Spring. So it is now officially “getting stuff in the ground” time. At least, if you want any veggies, fruits, or flowers during the…

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Our Alpha and Omega God

Our Alpha and Omega God   Lectionary 28 April 2019 2nd Sunday of Easter Acts 5:27-32 Psalm 150 Revelation 1:4-8 John 20:19-31 Text to Life We’ve all heard of “tortured artists.” We’re all got names for “tortured artists.” Beethoven Vincent Van Gogh Janis Joplin Charlie Parker Lenny Bruce Kurt Cobain…

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Ground Zero

Ground Zero Lectionary 21 April 2019 Easter Sunday Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12 Text to Life Easter Sunday is the day when everything we think we know turns upside down. Tragedy becomes triumph. Sacrifice becomes success. Failure becomes fulfillment. Death becomes eternal…

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The Home Stretch

The Home Stretch Lectionary 14 April 2019 Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday Luke 19:28-40 Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Philippians 2:5-11 Luke 22:14-23:56 or Luke 23:1-49 Text to Life Who doesn’t like a party??!! We all love “Palm Sunday” because of the parade of pomp and pageantry that…

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The Love Drug

The Love Drug Lectionary7 April 20195th Sunday in LentIsaiah 43:16-21Psalm 126Philippians 3:4b-14John 12:1-8Text to Life There is no doubt we are facing a towering and tottering number of humanitarian, social, economic, environmental, and political crises in this first quarter of the twenty-first century. But perhaps the one that is both…

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Freedom “For”

Freedom “For” Lectionary 31 March 2019 UMCOR Sunday 4th Sunday in Lent Joshua 5:9-12 Psalm 32 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Text to Life Human beings thirst for freedom. Human beings thrive under freedom. Human beings mess up freedom. Human beings throw freedom away. In the 1980’s Afghanistan locals,…

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Dangerous Discipleship

Dangerous Discipleship Lectionary 24 March 2019 3rd Sunday in Lent Isaiah 55:1-9 Psalm 63:1-8 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-9 Text to Life McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A are offering discounts on their fish burgers this month. Did you even notice. It’s a small bow to the on-going season of Lent on the…

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