Sermons by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley

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The Silence of God

Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on May 21, 2017

“The Silence of God”

Scriptures: Hebrews 10:19-23 and Psalm 13:1-6

         God can be maddeningly difficult to get answers from. On occasion, we have special encounters with God where He breaks into our life with power, answers our prayers, wins our trust and waters the garden of our faith. We feel gratified and for a brief period we experience a closeness to God. Then, there are seasons of life when chaos careens all around us leaving our world shattered. An unrelenting darkness descends upon us, leaving our soul cracked and parched. In our anguish […]

The Transforming Power of Grace

Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on May 7, 2017

“The Transforming Power of Grace”

Scriptures: 2 Samuel 9:1-13 and 2 Peter 3:17-18

Mephibosheth would never forget that day. The news had quickly spread throughout Judah and Israel that King Saul, Mephibosheth’s grandfather, and Prince Jonathan, his father, had been killed in battle (1 Samuel 31:1-6). David was the new king (2 Samuel 2:4 and 5:3). Among the members of Jonathan’s household, David’s coronation not only brought grief but panic as well. For in those […]

Lay Down Your Burdens

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on April 23, 2017

“Lay Down Your Burdens”

Scriptures: Psalm 62:1-8 and Matthew 11:25-30 and 5:5

         If a person wanted an accurate description of the human race, one way to acquire such information would be to take Jesus’ Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12) and turn them inside out. For the exact opposite of the virtues set forth in the Beatitudes are the very qualities which distinguish human character and conduct. Among people, we find little behavior approaching the virtues Jesus blesses in His Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5-7):

Living Out the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on EASTER 2017

“Living Out the Resurrection of Jesus Christ”

Scriptures: John 20:1-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 12-19

            Have you ever noticed how casually people talk about Heaven? When we are surprised we utter, “Oh, my heavens!” When we are having difficulty, we declare, “Heaven help us!” When a problem seems unsolvable, we express our exasperation with the words, “Heaven only knows!” There is a perfume called “Heaven Sent” which combines the aroma of the woods and oriental spices. I’m sure some people like it, but to me it gives rise to the expression, “Stinks to high heavens.” There is a flavor of ice cream […]

The Tragic Side of a Triumphant Day

Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on April 9, 2017

“The Tragic Side of a Triumphant Day”

Palm Sunday Scriptures: Luke 19:28-48 and Isaiah 53:1-12

         One Sunday a plainly dressed man walked into church in the Netherlands and took a seat near the pulpit. Soon a woman came along and curtly notified the man that he was seated in “her seat.” She directed him to move to another seat. The man apologized and moved away to a pew in the back of the church. […]

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.

Take Me Back

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

“Take Me Back”

Scripture: Genesis 32: 9-12, 22-31 and Revelation 2:1-7

          Gladys Dunn was new in town and decided to visit the Presbyterian Church near her home. She enjoyed the beautiful sanctuary and the joyous singing by the choir and congregation. But the preacher’s sermon went on and on. Worse, it wasn’t very interesting. Glancing around, Gladys noticed many worshippers nodding off. After the service she turned to a still-sleepy looking gentleman, extended her hand and said, “I’m Gladys Dunn.”

The man replied, “You and me both!”