Sermons on Acts

Sermons on Acts

Holy Spirit

God’s Spirit at Work

God’s Sprit at Work                    Baptism of the Lord Acts 19:1-7   January 10, 2021   Mark 1:4-11 What comes to mind when I say the word “ghost”?  Is it something creepy from Ghostbusters, or a haunted house like the Amityville Horror, or is it something more like Casper the Friendly Ghost?  The word “ghost” is peppered throughout our vocabulary: “She doesn’t have a ghost of a chance”; or “We drove up to an old ghost town”; or “the car ghosted under the…

A Belle Melange

A Belle Mélange Acts 10:34-43   Matthew 16:13-19 In the 2001 movie, Tortilla Soup, Hector Elizondo plays the part of a retired chef—retired because he has somehow lost his sense of taste (and, with it, his self-confidence).  But his old partner calls him with an emergency—they are catering a fancy dinner and one of the junior chefs has messed up the dessert.  They need his help to rescue the dinner!  He arrives on the scene, sees what they have to work with,…

The Spirit Gives Variety

The Spirit Gives Variety            Pentecost Acts 2:1-21   1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 Years ago, I was serving a church in north Idaho. There was a man in our church, Clayton Stoltz, who came to worship every other Sunday. Sometimes he would apologize for missing church so frequently, but he had an appointment with the Alzheimer’s men in the nursing home. Every other day, he would take his shaver and shave these men, while a stream of conversation flowed (even if he was…

Christ’s Prayer for Us

Christ’s Prayer for Us                          7th Easter Acts 1:6-14 1Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 John 17:1-11 In C. S. Lewis’ book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the Pevensie children have stumbled into the land of Narnia. It is winter, and has been for a long time (but never Christmas!), because the evil witch that rules the land likes winter. The children are told an ancient prophecy: Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,                         At the sound of his roar, sorrows will…

A Glimpse of God

A Glimpse of God              Mothers’ Day   5th Easter Acts 7:55-60   John 14:1-14 Years ago, before he was a popular author and speaker, Tony Campolo was an associate pastor in a church. On Mothers’ Day, he was supposed to read from Second Timothy, chapter one, which includes these words: “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason I remind…

Beginning a New Chapter

Beginning a New Chapter                  3rd Easter Acts 2:14a, 36-41     Luke 24:13-35 During this time of quarantine, I have read a lot of comments saying something to the effect of, “When this is over, I’m going to be living differently from what I was before.” Instead of just “getting back to normal,” many folks are going to be intentional about taking what they’ve learned and using it from now on! Yes, we can step into a new way of living! I was reminded of…

Experiencing God’s Presence

Experiencing God’s Presence     Pentecost Psalm 104:24-34   Acts 2:1-21  John 14:8-17, 25-27 Wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a piano concert by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the famous Polish pianist. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and went down the aisle to greet her. Left to his own devices, the little boy soon discovered a door marked “NO ADMITTANCE” and he explored his way onto the…

Make Wide the Net!

May 19, 2019 Make Wide the Net!             5th Easter Psalm 148   May 19, 2019   Acts 11:1-18   John 13:31-35 I’m curious to know how many of you have been, or currently are, part of a step-family? (You know—you have step-sisters or step-brothers, step-mom or step-dad, or step-children.) Family counselors do a lot of work with step-families, helping them adjust to new people who are thrust into their lives. We already know that being a part of a biological family is sometimes difficult enough—but at least…

So I Send You

So I Send You               2nd Easter Acts 5:27-32   April 28, 2019   John 20:19-31 Have you ever stood up from where you were sitting and gone into another room and then stopped and asked yourself, “Why am I here?” Believe me, if you haven’t had that particular experience, you will…many times! It’s kind of a universal experience for those of us who are “seasoned citizens.” But not everyone gets around to asking the deeper question, the more important one, “Why am I here? What is the purpose of…

A Light to the Nations

“The Light to the Nations”             Baptism of the Lord Isaiah 42:1-9   Acts 10:34-43   Matthew 3:13-17 We have all been taught that “beauty is only skin deep,” but I say unto you, “real beauty is beyond the reach of the eyes.” But I wonder what it would be like to be able to perceive the REAL BEAUTY in every person I meet? Well, it’s Awards Season in Hollywood, and everyone is concerned with being “red-carpet ready.” The message we usually get from Hollywood is…