Sibling Sins: Joseph and His Brothers

Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on June 25, 2017

“Sibling Sins: Joseph and His Brothers”

Fourth of 5 sermons from Genesis on ‘How sin destroys the family’

Scriptures: Genesis 45:1-15 and Philippians 2:5-11 

          It is not an exaggeration to say that ‘relationships’ are the most important thing in life. Jesus said that the two greatest commandments have to do with right relationships – first with God and then toward one another (Matt. 22:37-39). Whenever you see broken relationships toward God, in a family, or in the church, you know that God is not pleased. God is in the business of reconciling broken relationships.

As evidence of God’s purpose of bringing reconciliation, there may be nothing so moving as witnessing a fractured family being reconciled and reunited. That explains why Genesis 45 is such a passionate chapter. Readers are given the privilege …

Sibling Sins: Jacob and Esau

Sermon delivered bat Dardenne Presbyterian Church on June 18, 2017

“Sibling Sins: Jacob and Esau”

Third of 5 sermons from Genesis on ‘How sin destroys the family’

Sibling Sins: Cain & Abel

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Andrew Kasberg at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on June 11, 2017

“Sibling Sins: Cain & Abel”

Second of 5 sermons from Genesis on ‘How sin destroys the family’

           

Sibling Sins: Ishmael and Isaac

Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on June 4, 2017

“Sibling Sins: Ishmael and Isaac”

First of 5 sermons from Genesis on ‘How sin destroys the family’

Scriptures: Genesis 21:1-21, 25:5-9 and Galatians 4:22-26, 28-31 

            What happens to a dream deferred? Does it simply dry up like the autumn leaves and blow away? A dream deferred is something you’ve put into your heart and soul for a long time, however, for various reasons it’s been delayed. What happens to a dream deferred?

The Bible is full of stories about people with deferred dreams. In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, we learn that Abraham and Sarah had shared a precious dream for a long time. Their dream to have a child was especially unique because God had promised Abraham would become the father of a great nation whose descendants would number like the stars in the sky (Gen. 12:2-3; 15:5). Abraham was now eighty-six years old and no child …

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

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):