Sermons

Weekly professional powerhouse sermons by Leonard Sweet.

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Don’t Get Weary in Well Doing

Don’t Get Weary in Well Doing

Don’t Get Weary in Well-Doing Lectionary17 November 201923rd Sunday After Pentecost Isaiah 65:17-25Isaiah 122 Thessalonians 3:6-13Luke 21:5-19 Text to Life It is all too easy to get snide and snarky this time of year. The corporate commercialism and marketplace mentality that drives our holiday economy is a full-court press. For…

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Be Square

Be Square

Be SquareLectionary1 November 2019All Saints DayDaniel 7:1-3, 15-18Psalm 149Ephesians 1:11-23Luke 6:20-31Text to LifeWhat a week? We have enjoyed (or endured) the weirdness of Halloween costumes and All Hallows Even craziness. Halloween is fun. It is cloying. It is annoying. It is a billion-dollar business, not the #2 ranking in retail…

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One Thing I Know

One Thing I Know

One Thing I KnowLectionary27 October 201920th Sunday After PentecostJoel 2:23-32Psalm 652 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18Luke 18:9-14Text to LifeDon’t you just love those people who are always “right?” What would we do without the resident “know-it-alls?” It is such comfort to know that on every subject and on every issue, no matter…

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Addicted to Love

Addicted to Love

Addicted to Love     Lectionary 20 October 2019 19th Sunday After Pentecost   2 Timothy 3:14-4:5   Text to Life     Doesn’t it drive you crazy when you cannot remember where you put your wallet, or your car keys? What about whether or not you made that appointment…

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Pour Out the Milk and Honey

Pour Out the Milk and Honey

Pour Out the Milk and Honey (Condensed and Sweetened) Lectionary13 October 201918th Sunday After Pentecost Jeremiah 29:1,4-7 Text to Life All children assume their family routines, rituals, values, traditions, lifestyles, are the “norm” for everyone, whether the specifics are for good or ill. Sunday morning means going to church. Unless…

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“Just Do Your Job”

“Just Do Your Job”

“Just Do Your Job” Lectionary6 October 201917th Sunday After Pentecost Luke 17:5-10 There is no denying that we are right in the midst of a swirling seasonal phenomenon. No, not hurricane season. No, not the season of freakish first snowfalls. It is, of course, football season. There are two distinct…

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Tapping Feet, Bobbing Heads, Heaving Shoulders

Tapping Feet, Bobbing Heads, Heaving Shoulders

Tapping Feet, Bobbing Heads, Heaving ShouldersLectionary29 September 201916th Sunday After PentecostJeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15Psalm 1461 Timothy 6:6-19Luke 16:19-31Text to LifeThe Pauline letters of First Timothy, Second Timothy, and Titus are known among biblical scholars as the “pastoral epistles.” In short, these letters are Paul’s “mentoring moments” to the newest planters of…

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Evermore

Evermore

Evermore Lectionary 22 September 2019 15th Sunday After Pentecost Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 Psalm 113 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Luke 16:1-13 Text to Life Okay, this is just wrong. Wrong and weird. There are now “Botox” ads online specifically geared towards women, and men, in their twenties—urging them to get rid of frown…

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Watch Your Tone

Watch Your Tone

Watch Your ToneLectionary15 September 201914th Sunday After PentecostJeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28Psalm 141 Timothy 1:12-17Luke 15:1-10Text to LifeIf you’ve ever played a musical instrument or sang in a choir, you are probably familiar with a “tuning fork.” The pitch emitted by any particular tuning fork is determined by the length and mass…

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