Sermons from August 2017

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Crazy Good Risk


Sermon delivered by Becky Kronauge at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on August 20, 2017

“Crazy Good Risk”

The Power of Unity


Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on August 13, 2017

“The Power of Unity”

Scriptures: John 17:13-23 and Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

            In one of Aesop’s fables, he describes an old man whose several sons were constantly feuding with each other. The father had often exhorted them to live in harmony – with no success. One day he called them together and showed them a bundle of sticks tied together by a cord. He invited each son to break the bundle. Each one tried as hard as he could, but none could break the bundle of sticks.

Then the father cut the cord and told his sons to break them separately. This was accomplished with the greatest of ease. “See my sons, the power of unity” the old father said. “Bound together by brotherly love, you may defy almost every mortal danger. But divided, you will fall prey to your enemies.”

The writer of Ecclesiastes makes the same point in simpler words, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (4:12).

            One of the things of crucial importance to God is the unity of Christ’s Church. There may be times when God would have us move on, take our gifts, abilities and energy and use them to serve […]

Faith Is Not a Destination, But a Journey


Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on August 6, 2017

“Faith Is Not a Destination, But a Journey”

Scriptures: 2 Peter 1:5-11 and Acts 2:42-47

Committing oneself to Jesus Christ for the original Christians was not a destination; it was the beginning of a difficult journey. And that emphasis on the Christian life as a steadfast journey has been lost by many modern believers in America.

Today, too much emphasis is placed upon the initial decision to believe. At a particular moment a potential Christian makes a “decision” to trust, or put their faith in Christ. In our eagerness to make converts, we allow our hearers to absorb the idea that they will be complete and responsible Christians through a once and for all decision to believe in Christ. After making one’s initial “decision” to believe, the impression is given that maturing as a Christian is automatic. After declaring your faith, […]