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.

Our Journey – Bitterness

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on Jan. 15, 2017

“Dream on Despite the Difficulties”

Our Journey – Bitterness

Scripture: Genesis 37:2-11, 17b-36 and Colossians 3:1-4

 

Joseph was having a bad day by anyone’s standards. At the age of seventeen, when one is supposed to be dreaming about the future and beaming with hopes of being accepted into MIZZOU, Joseph’s life was in the pits-literally. His older brothers wouldn’t take him to Cardinal baseball games or shoot basketball with him. Instead, his ten older brothers hated him. They hated him so much that they threw him into an empty pit. They did it with the hopes of killing him and his dreams. The Hebrew word for “pit” refers to the underworld. In other words, being in the “pit” means symbolic death. Life was the pits for Joseph!