Sermons

Weekly professional powerhouse sermons by Leonard Sweet.

The World is Your Keyhole

The World is Your Keyhole Lectionary 27 August 2017 12th Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 Text to Life “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” Anyone remember those words? “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego” was the...

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Mystic Coolness

Mystic Coolness Lectionary 20 August 2017 11th Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 45:1-15 Psalm 133 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28 Text to Life Héctor Elizondo is one of my favorite actors. Most recently in “Last Man Standing,” he is a standard feature in...

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Stuck in the Storm

Stuck in the Storm Lectionary 13 August 2017 10th Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b Romans 10:5-15 Matthew 14:22-33 Text to Life Beware of anyone who tells you that everything, or anything, is divided into three points. That said,...

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Don’t Forget the Leftovers

Don’t Forget the Leftovers Lectionary 6 August 2017 9th Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 32: 22-31 Psalm 17:1-7, 15 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:13-21 Text to Life What makes a great dinner party? Is it the food? Maybe. Is it the decor, the ambiance? Partially. Is it the...

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The Innovators

The Innovators Lectionary 30 July 2017 8th Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 29:15-28 Psalm 105:1-11, 45b Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Text to Life How many here this morning have a “two-car” garage that now can only hold one car? Come on, now. Tell the truth!...

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The Fred Rogers Doctrine

The Fred Rogers Doctrine Lectionary 23 July 2017 7th Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 28:10-19a Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 Romans 8:12-25 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Text to Life It was a really hot summer day in the small community of Mountain Home, Idaho. [This happened only a...

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Wait for the S’mores

Wait for the S’mores Lectionary 16 July 2017 6th Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 25:19-34 Psalm 119:105-112 Romans 8:1-11 Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Text to Life We are smack dab in the middle of a special season right now. No, not “summer.” This is a much more important...

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Flints, Sponges, and Honeycomb

Flints, Sponges, and Honeycomb Lectionary 9 July 2017 5th Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Psalm 45:10-17 Romans 7:15-25a Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Text to Life “Child’s play.” That is the derisive phrase we use to dismiss some activity that is...

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Relationship Status

Relationship Status Lectionary 2 July 2017 4th Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 22:1-14 Psalm 13 Romans 6:12-23 Matthew 10:40-42 Text to Life What does God want most from you? From me? Before you answer too quickly, let me remind you of something you may have forgotten....

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Stained Glass Street Lives

Stained Glass Street Lives Lectionary 25 June 2017 3rd Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 21:8-21 Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 Romans 6:1b-11 Matthew 10:24-39 Text to Life “Seeing red.” You all know what that means. But do we know what it really means? “Green with envy?” When...

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