Remembering Everyone

"REMEMBERING EVERYONE"

Rev. Lon Lorton

May 26, 2019

2 Timothy 1:3-5

"The secret is people.  God places a huge emphasis on people."  Thomas Monaghan

What does Memorial Day mean to you?

It is always good to think of others, to love others, and to remember others.

Paul to Timothy:

  • "I remember you in my prayers."
  • "I remember your tears."
  • "I remember you're a man of faith."

Remember those who have passed.

Remember those who are still living.

"Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."  Philippians 2:4

 

Becoming the People God Intended Us to Be

"BECOMING THE PEOPLE GOD INTENDED US TO BE"

Rev. Lon Lorton

May 19, 2019

Acts 1:1-9

Today's culture couldn't care less about Christian values.

  • In fact, many are offended by our values.

"To know Jesus as Savior and Lord, and to make Him known."

  • Who we are, or who we'd like people to think we are?

God does not want First Presbyterian Church to be the best church we can be, if it does not include Him in it.

Picture of a vital church (Christ's body) according to Acts 2:42-47:

  • Regular attendance for study, worship, and prayer
  • Awe-inspired miracles happening
  • Generosity abounds with compassion
  • Small groups are important
  • Grounded in God's word

A vital church gets its vitality from God's Holy Spirit.

  • We reach inside, caring for one another.
  • We reach outside, sharing Christ with everyone.

The Holy Spirit's agenda beats human agendas every time!

Holy Joy

"HOLY JOY"

Rev. Lon Lorton

May 5, 2019

Philippians 4:4-14

Do you know anyone who is really "happy"?

Paul's journey into holy joy

  • Sometimes the circumstances do not improve, and yet we can improve (mature) within those circumstances.

Living comfortably in the "not yet known" places of life

  • Paul was good at it.  How about you?

Uptight people rarely experience joy.

Great joy follows trusting in the goodness and love of God.

Focus on what is good, and remember, "I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need."

  • Do you believe that?
  • Do you act like it?

"Angels can fly because they take themselves so lightly."  G. K. Chesterton

Celebrating Mother's Day, 2019

"CELEBRATING MOTHER'S DAY, 2019"

Rev. Lon Lorton

May 12, 2019

Proverbs 6:20-23

Moms matter!

  • Jesus shares with us all the human experience of being born and cared for by a mother.
  • Mary was there throughout Jesus' human existence.
  • Mothers influence their children in everyday living.

Some Biblical references to motherhood:

  • "Do not forsake the teaching of your mother."  Proverbs 6:20
  • "Let your mother be glad; let her rejoice who gave birth to you."  Proverbs 23:25
  • "Her children rise up and bless her."  Proverbs 31:28

Three particular examples of motherhood:

  • Jochebed, Exodus 2:1-10
  • Hannah, 1 Samuel 1:1-18
  • Eunice, 2 Timothy 1:3-5; 3:14-15

Changing cultural expectations of mothers from Biblical times to our times:

Stages of motherhood:

  • Child-bearing to child-rearing
  • Child departure and mothering adult children
  • Grandmothering

A mother as God intends:

Holy Hilarity Sunday, 2019

"HOLY HILARITY SUNDAY, 2019"

Rev. Lon Lorton

April 28, 2019

“The assumption that a sense of humor and a Christian faith are incompatible is totally mistaken.”  Malcolm Muggeridge

Laughter is God’s therapy.

Really “religious people” sometimes have a hard time laughing.  Jesus’ humor was one thing that set Him apart from pi-ositers.

Eternity does have the last laugh.  If the resurrection isn’t a hoot, nothing is.

“…then at last this Scripture will come true: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’  O death, where is your victory?  Where then your sting?  For sin – the sting that causes death – will all be gone; and the law, which reveals our sins, will no longer be our judge.  How we thank God for all of this!  It is He who makes us victorious through Jesus Christ our Lord!”  1 Corinthians 15:54-57 TLB