Posts made in April, 2012

“Directionally Challenged” by Rev. David W. McKinley

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 in Pastors' Blog

The following message was based on John 8:21-30 and was delivered on March 18, 2012 at the Central Schwenkfelder Church in Worcester, PA INTRODUCTION Have you heard of the terms: “directionally challenged?” It is someone who has difficulty determining right from left; someone who often confuses directions, and prefers visual aids; someone who has great difficulty reading maps and/or driving while listening to directions. One of the observations made of women, usually by men, is that they are directionally challenged. And one of the observations made of men, usually by women, is that we never...

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A Matter of Life and Death

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 in Pastors' Blog

The following message is based on John 11:17-45, and deals with the identity of Jesus.  It was delievered at the Central Schwenkfelder Church in Worcester, PA on March 8, 2012 This morning, we begin our second message in the study of contrasts in the gospel of John.  Our first was from John 1 and the presentation of light and darkness.  Jesus is the light of the world, and came to our morally and spiritually dark world to shed His light in our lives.  Today’s contrast is found in John 11, that of life and death.  Death is a subject that is very practical; something that we encounter...

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Jesus Knows Our Needs

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 in Pastors' Blog

The following message is based on John 19:28-30 and was delievered at the Lower Providence Presbyterian Church in Eagleville, PA on April 6, 2012 On Good Friday this year, I was invited to participate in a service that presented Jesus’ seven sayings from the cross.  The tradition from which I come did not hold such a service.  It is a favorite to many.  Not many churches still conduct one.  It is an old tradition; a solemn occasion, remembering all that Jesus endured for us. You will notice that there was emotional and spiritual as well as physical pain endured by Jesus.  Emotional in that...

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The Reason for Hope

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 in Pastors' Blog

The following message is based on Matthew 28:1-10 and was delivered at the Central Schwenkfelder Church in Worcester, Pennsylvania on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012 Hope.  It is a powerful word.  It’s something that many people look for, yet many live without.  Or they put their hope in places or people that prove faulty.  Tomas Schreiner, New Testament scholar at Southern Seminary, tells the following story: “In the American West, the United States routinely mistreated Native Americans, making them promises and then violating them when they wanted more land.  Native Americans set their hopes...

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Serving Others, Serving Christ

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 in Pastors' Blog

The following message was delivered at the Central Schwenkfelder Church in Worcester, PA on April 16, 2012.  It presents the importance of service and leadership in the local church, based on Jesus actions of washing the disciples’ feet, John 13. What if you were asked to work as a bus boy?  Everyone knows it is not a very glamorous job.  You clean up peoples’ messes.  You do the dishes.  The tips are not for you.  You are just to “clean up.”  Yet, if you take that roll out of the picture, the place is mess!  How many times have you walked into a restaurant, have found the table that you...

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