Not Too Far

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Luke 10:25-37 If you’ve gone to almost any Christian church for almost any amount of time you’ve heard the story of the Good Samaritan. I’ve preached on it many, many times, and before I was a preacher I’d heard lots of sermons on it. Even before I was old…

A New Thing

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Isaiah 43:16-21 Sports fans are familiar with the concept of “tanking.” In baseball the Baltimore Orioles are actually a good example of this right now. The Orioles have been a good team for several years. Last year they were not a good team, even though they had a lot of the…

Forty

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Luke 4:1-13 Numerology is the branch of knowledge that deals with the occult significance of numbers. What I am talking about here is not numerology. While these numbers may have some significance in the Bible, they have no special power. They are not predictive of anything. There is nothing of the…

You Who Listen

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Luke 6:27-38, Genesis 45:3-11, 15 Do you ever get into a conversation with somebody and after a little while your mind starts to wander? That happens to me more than I like, and after a time I find that I don’t quite know what’s going on in the conversation anymore. Either…

En Route

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Luke 4:14-21 When I tell people that I work at a 911 center they often ask what the hardest part of the job is. They wonder about high-stress calls where people have been shot, or barricade situations, or perhaps childbirth or CPR calls. All of those things…

Where the Joy Meets the Vipers

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 What’s your favorite part of preparing for Christmas?  Is it the tree, the ornaments, the decorations? Is it the Christmas music on the radio, or maybe humming a Christmas tune to yourself throughout the day?  Do you like seeing the lights? Do…

Bless What Lord?

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture Readings: Psalm 16, Mark 13:1-8 I said in my Facebook post about today’s service that I was going to start the sermon with a grammar joke. It ended up not fitting into where I went with the sermon, but since I promised a grammar joke you’ll get a grammar joke. A panda…

Lower Than the Angels

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture Readings: Psalm 8, Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12 I’ve always had a soft spot for Psalm 8, our Call to Worship. Back in high school one of our choir pieces set Psalm 8 to music, and then in the middle of it was a spoken adaptation of part of the Psalm. I had…

Crumbs for the Dog

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture Reading: Mark 7:24-37 This is a Bible passage that always makes me think. There is something going on, and the text is not entirely clear exactly what it is. There are some traditional answers that have been used over the years, and I’ve probably used them myself. But as I stand…

I Sought the Lord

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture Reading: Psalm 34:1-8 Wherever it appears in the Bible, whenever I read the phrase “I sought the Lord” my mind goes to a song from 1965.  I was too young to know the song when it was a hit, but it continued to be played on the radio a lot for…