Sermons

Weekly professional powerhouse sermons by Leonard Sweet.

You’ve Been Flamed!

You’ve Been Flamed! Lectionary 20 May 2018 Pentecost Sunday Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Romans 8:22-27 John v15:26-27; 16-4b-15 Text to Life Happy Birthday, church! Or in more correct theological language, Happy Birthday, ecclesia. Today we celebrate Pentecost, the moment that midwifed the Christian church. It marks the descent of…

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Who Has Custody?

Who Has Custody? Lectionary 13 May 2018 Day of Ascension / Festival of the Christian Home / 7th Sunday of Easter Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Psalm 1 1 John 5:9-13 John 17:6-19 Text to Life Want to hear a “fierce mama” story? It seems a mama possum was trundling along with…

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B3 Love

B³ Love Lectionary 22 April 2018 4th Sunday of Easter Acts 4:5-12 Psalm 23 1 John 3:16-24 John 10:11-18 Text to Life In the mid-1950’s, movie director Cecil B. DeMille was frantically promoting his latest larger than life production of “The Ten Commandments.” The Hollywood mogul struck a brilliant public…

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Trust the Story

Trust the Story Lectionary 8 April 2018 2nd Sunday of Easter Acts 4:32-35 Psalm 133 1 John 1:1-2:2 John 20:19-31 Text to Life Brace yourself. Time to review your sixth grade English.   Do you remember the difference between a “simile” and a “metaphor”? Or did you miss that class?…

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Is Not Was, Forward Not Back

Is Not Was, Forward Not Back Lectionary 1 April 2018 Easter Sunday Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 John 20:1-18 Text to Life The message of Easter is a simple exclamation: “Hallelujah! Christ is risen!”   We respond with another exclamation: “Christ is risen, indeed”!   Can you…

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The Lamb Parade

The Lamb Parade Lectionary 25 March 2018 Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday Palm Sunday: Mark 11:1-11 Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Passion Sunday: Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Philippians 2:5-11 Mark 14:1-15:47 Text to Life How many of you here this morning have swabbed your mouth or spit into a test tube and…

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