An Icon Tells the Story

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Sermon delivered on CHRISTMAS, December 25, 2016 by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley

“An Icon Tells the Story”

Scripture: John 1:1-14 and Hebrews 4:14-16

                This Christmas morning I want to show you an ancient painting of the baby Jesus and Mary. (Display “Our Lady of Korsun”) The painting is a Russian Orthodox icon from the 10th century. Protestants tend to consider “icons” a bit alien since Orthodox Christians bow and pray in front of them, confess their sins to them, and kiss them as part of their observance of faith. Without delving into the argument concerning iconic worship, at the minimum the image on an icon is intended to inspire reflection and deeper devotion to God.

Femme Fatales and Faulty Fellows in Jesus’ Family Tree

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on December 4, 2016

“Five Feme Fatales and Other Faulty Fellows in Jesus’ Family Tree”

Scriptures:  Matthew 1:1-7 and Ephesians 2:4-9

          Genealogies are hardly interesting, except if they pertain to your family. Consequently, most Christians glance over the boring lists of names in Matthew 1, and conclude that its importance resides in telling us that Jesus descended from the Old Testament characters Abraham and David. This is a mistaken interpretation. If the Bible is the inspired Word of God, there is a specific reason Matthew began his Gospel with a lengthy genealogy.

Mark of the Christian

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on November 27, 2016

“Love Which Costs Something: the Mark of the Christian”

Scriptures: John 13:31-35 and Galatians 5:22-26

I recently had an unexpected surprise witnessing the general public applaud a Christian. It occurred in a local movie theater after watching the movie Hacksaw Ridge. Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of Desmond Doss, a United States army soldier during World War II who refused to carry or fire a weapon. Desmond was a Christian who insisted on obeying the Sixth Commandment – “Thou shall not kill.” But Desmond also loved this country and believed it was his duty to protect religious liberty and freedom.

Refreshment in Fellowship (Spiritual Success 5 of 5)

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on November 20, 2016

“Refreshment in Fellowship”

Secrets to Spiritual Success: Praise (Part 5 of 5)
Scriptures:

Over these five weeks, we are looking a the keys or components of spiritual success.
The component we are looking at this morning is The Antidote to Fear: Praise.

Antidote to Fear: Praise (Spiritual Success 4 of 5)

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on November 13, 2016

“The Antidote to Fear: Praise”

Secrets to Spiritual Success: Praise (Part 4 of 5)
Scriptures:

Over these five weeks, we are looking a the keys or components of spiritual success.
The component we are looking at this morning is The Antidote to Fear: Praise.

The Prerequisite of Humility (Spiritual Success 3 of 5)

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on November 6, 2016

“The Prerequisite of Humility”

Scriptures:  2 Chronicles 7:11-15 and James 4:6-10

3 of 5 sermons on “Secrets to Spiritual Success”

            As we approach our national elections, I thought it beneficial to listen to the words of President Abraham Lincoln who in 1863 issued a Proclamation for a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer. Part of Lincoln’s decree contains these words:

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by our superior wisdom and virtue. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us.

 

We only need to look at our own nation today, and peer into Christ’s Church, to observe the overabundance of pride and the scarcity of humility and prayer about which Lincoln lamented