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The Spirit of God Dwells in You

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 in Sermons

A sermon preached by Jay P. Rowland on Sunday April 2, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, Rochester MN.  Scripture texts: Romans 8:6-11 & John 11:1-45.  This sermon presents material from Rev. Nathan Nettleton’s sermon “Signs of Unimaginable Life” published online at laughingbird.net/SYCB/ (2014)   The Spirit of God Dwells in You Jesus and his disciples are forced to flee Jerusalem due to the increasing violence being directed at Jesus.  He narrowly escapes being attacked and arrested.  When they reach safer territory across the Jordan, word reaches Jesus that his dear friend Lazarus, the brother of his dear friends Mary and Martha, is very ill. Surprisingly, Jesus chooses to stay where he is for two days rather than go to Lazarus. When Jesus tells his disciples it’s time to go there, the disciples are worried because Lazarus lives so...

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Our Truth

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 in Sermons

Thomas J Parlette “Our Truth” John 20: 1-18, Acts 10: 34-43 4/16/17, Easter   Back in 2006, comedian Stephen Colbert invented a word that eventually found it’s way into our cultural lexicon. Perhaps you remember the term “Truthiness. Eleven years ago it won the distinction of “Word of the Year.” Colbert has defined truthiness as “believing something that feels true, even if it isn’t supported by fact.” Both Dictionary.com and The Urban Dictionary add a different shade of meaning to their definitions. Both include a nod to the idea that truthiness involves believing something based not on fact or evidence, but on one’s own intuition, opinion or perception.(1) Truthiness comes about when we believe something based on what we wish to be true, rather than what the evidence will support. I’ve been thinking a bit about truthiness over the...

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The Spirit of God Dwells in You

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 in Sermons

  A sermon preached by Jay P. Rowland on Sunday April 2, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, Rochester MN.  Scripture texts: Romans 8:6-11 & John 11:1-45.  This sermon presents material from Rev. Nathan Nettleton’s sermon “Signs of Unimaginable Life” published online at laughingbird.net/SYCB/ (2014)  The Spirit of God Dwells in You Jesus and his disciples are forced to flee Jerusalem due to the increasing violence being directed at Jesus.  He narrowly escapes being attacked and arrested.  When they reach safer territory across the Jordan, word reaches Jesus that his dear friend Lazarus, the brother of his dear friends Mary and Martha, is very ill. Surprisingly, Jesus chooses to stay where he is for two days rather than go to Lazarus. When Jesus tells his disciples it’s time to go there, the disciples are worried because Lazarus lives so...

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Doing Business by Forgiveness

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 in Sermons

Thomas J Parlette “Doing Business by Forgiveness” Romans 5: 1-11 3/19/17 Last August, while Barack Obama was still the president, a USA Today article noted that on a single day that month, President Obama had issued a record-breaking 214 communtations of federal inmates, mostly low-level drug offenders. That brought his total sentence-reduction grants to 562, Making President Obama one of the most prolific grantors of presidential commutations in history.(1) By the time he left office, President Obama increased that number to a whopping 1,715 – making him by far the most prolific in our history. By comparison, the next closest President for granting commutations was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who of course served 3 terms over almost twelve years – and he only offered 488 commuted sentences. However, when it comes to full pardons, President Obama was lagging behind his...

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No Need to Hyde

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 in Sermons

Thomas J Parlette “No Need to Hyde” Romans 5: 12-19 3/5/17 Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the unforgettable story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Most of you know the story well, I’m sure. Dr. Henry Jekyll was a respected man in his community – a gentleman in every respect. But Dr. Jekyll had some secret vices which he kept carefully hidden from public view. Thus Dr. Jekyll had a dilemma – one still faced by people to this day. He wanted to maintain his reputation, but also be free to indulge his darker side. So Dr. Jekyll hatched a plan. Late at night in his laboratory, he devised a mystical potion that would allow him to transform his physical features at will. When he drank the potion, he would become a different person. Thus he was able to move...

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Transfiguration Witness

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 in Sermons

A sermon preached by Jay P. Rowland on Transfiguration Sunday February 26, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, Rochester MN.  Scripture texts: Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9.  This sermon weaves in material from Rev. Kathryn Matthews published online: http://www.ucc.org/worship_samuel_sermon_seeds_february_26_2017 Transfiguration Witness Today the church season of Epiphany, the season of light, comes to an end as we make way for Lent.  Kathryn Matthews notes “How fitting it is to end the season of light with a light so bright that no one on earth can produce it, a flash of brilliant, blinding revelation …” otherwise known as the Transfiguration of Jesus. The saying “timing is everything” seems applicable to the timing of the Transfiguration of Jesus.  Let me explain: Prior to this scene tensions have been steadily increasing among Jesus and his followers. Words exchanged between Jesus and the...

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