Sermons from March 2017

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The Tragedy of the Unprepared Life

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on March 26, 2017

“The Tragedy of the Unprepared Life”

Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13

          In the 24th chapter of Matthew, Jesus tells His disciples that God’s Final Judgment is immanent and He describes the signs they will observe before that fateful day (Mt. 24:3-31). He concludes His teaching about the coming Judgment Day with four parables: the Faithful Servant, Mt. 24: 45-51; Ten Virgins, Mt. 25:1-13; Bags of Gold, Mt. 25: 14-30; and the Sheep and Goats, Mt. 25:31-46. Each parable communicates the same warning: Be prepared for His Return!

Jesus was concerned about the readiness of His followers for the time He returns to judge the world. The issue of Christ’s return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 20:11-21:5) should be ever-present in our mind for it sustains our Christian faith. Its importance is emphasized every Sunday in worship when we recite the Apostles’ Creed. In that creed we affirm that Jesus “shall come to judge the quick and the dead. Whenever we join together in praying the Lord’s Prayer we say, “Your kingdom come.” Both statements point to Christ’s Second Coming.

Valuable Lessons from Hypocrites, Fools, Blind Guides and Snakes

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on March 19, 2017

“Valuable Lessons from Hypocrites, Fools, Blind Guides and Snakes”

Scripture: Matthew 23:13-36 and Isaiah 5:18-24

        What is the greatest threat humanity faces? It is not Republicans or Democrats; it is not Communism or ISIS, or any other political entity; it is not an ecological disaster, nuclear holocaust, or an asteroid hitting the earth. All these things could lead to painful circumstances and even result in widespread death. But even physical death is not mankind’s greatest enemy for that is only a transition into Eternity. It is what will happen to you in Eternity that is most crucial!

To Serve or Not to Serve

Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on March 5, 2017, Lent I

“To Serve or Not to Serve”

Scripture: Matthew 20:20-28 and Joshua 24:14-22

This past Tuesday evening during his speech to Congress, President Trump paid tribute to deceased Navy Seal William Owens and his widow Carryn Owens.  The President’s recognition of the Owens’ sacrifice brought a standing ovation from the entire Congress. That moving recognition of the ultimate sacrifice made by an American soldier has a comparable request for recognition described in the Gospel of Matthew by the mother of two of Jesus’ disciples.