Sermons

Weekly professional powerhouse sermons by Leonard Sweet.

Jesus Whisperer

Jesus Whisperer Lectionary 17 December 2017 Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 Text to Life Some people like to talk incredibly close and extremely loud. Can you think of someone like that, someone who thinks that to connect with you, louder…

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Inverted Christmas Tree

Inverted Christmas Tree Lectionary 10 December 2017 Second Sunday in Advent Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8 Text to Life (Inverted Christmas Tree or alternate title: God’s Layaway Plan of Love) Trends come and go. Everything old is eventually “new” again. Like “lay away.” Before the…

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The Disciples’ Love Language

The Disciples’’ Love Language Lectionary 3 December 2017 1st Sunday of Advent Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37 Text to Life The latest Dunkin’ Donuts ad has pre-school age children describing their parents’ early morning, pre-coffee demeanor. The kids imitate zombies, walk into walls, stumble around,…

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Friendsgiving or Thanksfriending

Friendsgiving or Thanksfriending Lectionary 26 November 2017 Christ the King Sunday Thanksgiving Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Psalm 100 Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25:31-46 Text to Life How many of you were invited to, or hosted, a “friends-giving” dinner this past week? How many of you know what a “friendsgiving” is?                              As…

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Stuff and Stuffing

Stuff and Stuffing Lectionary 19 November 2017 24th Sunday After Pentecost Sunday Before Thanksgiving Judges 4:1-7 Psalm 123 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Matthew 25:14-30   Text to Life   The second highest paid movie actor of 2017, according to Forbes magazine, is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. [Mark Wahlberg is #1]. Besides…

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Raptured

Raptured Lectionary 12 November 2017 23rd Sunday After Pentecost Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Psalm 78:1-7 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Matthew 25:1-13 Text to Life Last weekend we officially “fell back,” pushing our clocks back one hour, and forcing all of us to re-set our biological clocks. We “fell back,” though, in more…

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Free, Home, and Oh So Thankful

Free, Home, and Oh So Thankful –Guest Sermon by Judge Jesse Caldwell Lectionary 5 November 2017 22nd Sunday After Pentecost All Saints Day Joshua 3:7-17 Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 Matthew 23:1-12 Text to Life   Two weeks ago, when David Letterman was presented with the Mark Twain Prize…

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Life Under the Cloudbank

Life Under the Cloudbank Lectionary 29 October 2017 21st Sunday After Pentecost Reformation Sunday / All Saints Day Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 Matthew 22:34-46 Text to Life Only two more days until we celebrate a big holiday. Of course, you are all getting ready for it.…

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Always Sideways

Always Sideways Lectionary 22 October 2017 20th Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 33:12-23 Psalm 99 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22 Text to Life In 2004 a small “sleeper” movie called “Sideways” made an unexpectedly big hit. It was a movie that flirted with mid-life commitment issues, focused on finally growing up…

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Stone Standard or Gold Standard?

Stone Standard or Gold Standard? Lectionary 15 October 2017 19th Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 32:1-14 Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14 Text to Life What a season of violence, vengeance, and vortexes! This trifecta has come both from the state of nature and from the hands of humans. First…

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