Lord, Teach Us To Pray

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on September 10, 2017

“Lord, Teach Us to Pray”

Scriptures: Luke 11:1-4 and Daniel 9:4-14

            Joanne Shelter, a Wycliffe Bible translator serving in the Philippines, noticed that the new Christians in the tribe she was working with not know how pray. So Joanne prayed, “Lord, do whatever it takes to teach these people to pray.” About a month later, she was in a helicopter crash and almost died. That event prompted the people to pray fervently. “Lord, don’t let Joanne die because her Bible translating work is not done,” they pleaded. From then on, the people prayed passionately. Hearing that story, do you dare repeat the words of Jesus’ disciples when they requested, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Such a request may have unforeseen ramifications.

Prayer is far more than repetition of familiar words uttered before a meal, or tagged along a pastoral prayer. Prayer is the acknowledgement that our need for God is not partial – it is total! If we really ask the Lord to teach us to pray, He may place us in situations which are so overwhelming that we recognize our only option is prayer!

Crazy Good Risk

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Sermon delivered by Becky Kronauge at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on August 20, 2017

“Crazy Good Risk”

The Power of Unity

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on August 13, 2017

“The Power of Unity”

Scriptures: John 17:13-23 and Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

            In one of Aesop’s fables, he describes an old man whose several sons were constantly feuding with each other. The father had often exhorted them to live in harmony – with no success. One day he called them together and showed them a bundle of sticks tied together by a cord. He invited each son to break the bundle. Each one tried as hard as he could, but none could break the bundle of sticks.

Then the father cut the cord and told his sons to break them separately. This was accomplished with the greatest of ease. “See my sons, the power of unity” the old father said. “Bound together by brotherly love, you may defy almost every mortal danger. But divided, you will fall prey to your enemies.”

The writer of Ecclesiastes makes the same point in simpler words, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (4:12).

            One of the things of crucial importance to God is the unity of Christ’s Church. There may be times when God would have us move on, take our gifts, abilities and energy and use them to serve […]

Faith Is Not a Destination, But a Journey

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Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on August 6, 2017

“Faith Is Not a Destination, But a Journey”

Scriptures: 2 Peter 1:5-11 and Acts 2:42-47

Committing oneself to Jesus Christ for the original Christians was not a destination; it was the beginning of a difficult journey. And that emphasis on the Christian life as a steadfast journey has been lost by many modern believers in America.

Today, too much emphasis is placed upon the initial decision to believe. At a particular moment a potential Christian makes a “decision” to trust, or put their faith in Christ. In our eagerness to make converts, we allow our hearers to absorb the idea that they will be complete and responsible Christians through a once and for all decision to believe in Christ. After making one’s initial “decision” to believe, the impression is given that maturing as a Christian is automatic. After declaring your faith, […]

See Yourself In the Mirror

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

“See Yourself In the Mirror”

Scriptures:   Matthew 7:1-5 and 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

After being away on a business trip for two weeks, a husband thought it would be considerate to bring a gift for his wife. He stopped at a local perfumery and asked the cosmetic clerk for some nice perfume. She showed him a bottle costing $95.00.

“That’s a bit too much. Do you have something less expensive?” She presented him another fragrance costing $70.00.

“That’s still quite expensive,” he intoned. So the clerk showed him a smaller size bottle for $45.00. He declined that bottle, as well.

Growing annoyed, the clerk brought out a tiny bottle costing only $30.00.

“You know,” the husband said, “I want something… really cheap.”

The cosmetic clerk handed him… a mirror!

Today, I encourage you to take a long hard look in the mirror. When you examine your reflection today, go deeper than your external image, or beyond what others may perceive you to be. Look at yourself from the perspective of God’s Word.

Our Scripture lesson from 1 Corinthians 13 tells us, “now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face” (v.12). Paul’s analogy of the imperfect image we see in a mirror illustrates our imperfect knowledge on this side of Eternity. To appreciate this imagery we must understand that when Paul wrote […]