Sermons on Acts

Sermons on Acts

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God’s Power Unleashed

June 5, 2022 ……….. Pentecost Sunday ……….Rev. Patrick Mecham Acts 2: 1-21; John 14: 8-17, 25-27 The toddler was calling out from the bedroom, “Mommy!  Where my socks?”  The mother patiently directed her toddler, “Right there, on the end of your bed.”  “Where?!”  “I put them right at the foot of your bed.”  “I don’ see dem!”  “Oh, for heaven’s sake, I’ll come and show you where they are!”  “Oh.  I didn’ see dem.” Have you ever experienced the frustration…
Holy Spirit

The Power of Belief

The Power of Belief           7th Sunday of Easter           Pastor Pat Mecham Acts 16: 16-34      May 29, 2022       John 17: 20-26 In the Harry Potter stories, Harry comes into possession of a small vial of Felix Felices—otherwise known as “liquid luck.”  It is said that anyone who takes a swallow of this potion will find themselves successful in whatever they endeavor to do. Harry’s friend, Ron, is needing a boost of confidence before the big game.  Harry appears to pour something into…
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The Power of Vision

The Power of Vision           6th Sunday of Easter           Pastor Pat Mecham Acts 16: 9-15    May 22, 2022       John 14: 23-29 Isn’t VISION a funny word?  I have an insurance card in my wallet that shows that I have “Vision Insurance.”  In other words, I can get my eyes examined and receive eye care without it costing me a fortune.  We use the word “vision” to talk about seeing physical things with our eyes, then we turn around and say that someone…
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Hearing God’s Call–Away

Hearing God’s Call–Away           5th Sunday of Easter           Pastor Pat Mecham Acts 11: 1-18      May 15, 2022       John 13: 31-35 There once was a farmer who loved God and wanted to serve God.  One day, while looking up at the sky, the farmer saw some clouds that clearly formed two letters: P and C.  He just knew God was telling him to Preach Christ.  He abandoned his farming and began going from place to place, talking to anyone who would listen, sharing…
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The Valley of the Shadow

The Valley of the Shadow          4th Sunday of Easter           Pastor Pat Mecham Mothers’ Day Psalm 23      May 8, 2022       Acts 9: 36-43 Well, it’s Mothers’ Day, and preachers around the country have had to figure out what to preach about today.  Those of us who preach from the common lectionary have to decide: Do I focus on Mothers’ Day and Motherhood, or do I simply go where today’s texts lead me?  In 42 years of ministry, I have often wished that…
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Opportunity Nearly Missed

Opportunity Nearly Missed           3rd Sunday of Easter           Pastor Pat Mecham Acts 9: 1-20      May 1, 2022       John 21: 1-19 Our flight from Paducah, KY to Minneapolis had been delayed, so we got to the gate for our next flight just in time to see it pulling away from the terminal.  Rats!  I found myself wishing that I had spoken to the flight attendant, requesting that she radio ahead and ask the folks to hold the plane for us.  But she was…
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To Whom Will You Listen?

To Whom Will You Listen?                2nd Easter                Pastor Pat Mecham Acts 5:23-32      April 24, 2022       John 20:19-31 Forty-something years ago, I began reading The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.  I used to read them through every year, starting on my birthday, but these days I only pick them up every now and then.  They are very entertaining, and I am still blessed with new insights as I read these tales.  The “Christ Figure” in these stories is a…
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If for This Life Only

If for This Life Only —– Easter Day —– April 17, 2022 Acts 10: 34-43 ———- John 20: 1-18 ———– Pastor Pat Mecham Many of you know the name of William Paul Young, or you’re at least familiar with his book, The Shack, which was a runaway best-seller back in 2008.  It’s a story of a man who has suffered some pretty severe ordeals, and then gets to know God in a very personal manner.  What you might not know…
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The Work of the Spirit

The Work of the Spirit              Pentecost Acts 2:1-21       May 23, 2021    John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 The book I want to highlight today is called The Hiding Place.  It’s a true story about the amazing things God did with Corrie ten Boom during the Nazi occupation of Holland.  Corrie and her family had been hiding Jews so that they wouldn’t be sent off to concentration camps (or extermination camps, as they turned out to be).  When they were caught, they were…
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While We Wait

While We Wait                  7th Sunday of Easter Acts 1:1-11 ———- May 16, 2021 ———–   Luke 24:44-53 Last week, I shared an excerpt from one of the Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  This week, I will share some snippets from the book that kicked off the whole series, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  The author was an Oxford professor named C. S. Lewis.  Although the book was written for children, adults responded to it in…