The Tragedy of the Unprepared Life

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!”

Every Member a Missionary

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Sermon by Rev. Dr. Andrew Kasberg at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on February 19, 2017

“Every Member a Missionary”
Missionary Care Teams promotion Sunday

Scripture: Rev. 2:1-7 and 2 Cor. 5:11-20

Forgiveness: Inconceivable But Inescapable

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

“Forgiveness: Inconceivable But Inescapable”

Our Journey – Reconciliation

Scripture: Genesis 50:15-21 and Colossians 3:12-14

            The issue of forgiveness is far more than a narrow religious or psychological topic. It is a reality with which every person must struggle – except for one person I recently read about. One Sunday the preacher’s sermon went on for 35 minutes about forgiveness. Hoping to deliver a practical impact, as the sermon concluded he asked the congregation, “How many of you have been able to forgive everyone who has offended you?” Half the congregation raised their hand.

Realizing he had more work to do, he continued preaching for another 25 minutes and asked again, “How many of you have been able to forgive everyone who has offended you?” This time everyone raised their hand, except for a 95 year old lady. Startled by her response, the preacher inquired, “Mrs. Jones, are you not willing to forgive your enemies?”

Prisoner to Prime Minister: Handling Life’s Changes

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on Jan. 29, 2017

“Prisoner to Prime Minister: Handling Life’s Changes”

Our Journey – Trust

Scripture: Genesis 41:1-8, 14-16, 25-38, 41-43 and Hebrews 12:1-3

            Let’s review what we have learned thus far about: He was the favorite son of his father Jacob, who gave him an “ornate robe” to signify Joseph’s status as the future leader of the family. Joseph’s elevation above his ten older brothers fostered jealousy, which generated into hatred as Joseph brought negative reports about his brothers’ behavior to their father.