Text: Genesis 32:22-32

Brothers and sisters, I’m going to begin this morning on an interactive note. I ask all of you: describe God. What is an attribute of our god?

(Answers. Folks said “Awesome” “All-knowing” “Loving” etc.)

OK, show of hands here: was anyone going to say: “Our God mugs people. Our God waits for folks in a deserted place, and when he finds them, he jumps out and starts whaling on them?”


Well, the scripture disagrees with you.

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Text: Luke 16:19-31

I felt very blessed when asked to preach. I consider it a great honor and a blessing to be entrusted with bringing the Word to you, brothers and sisters. And in that spirit of blessing, I turned to the lectionary and saw that this passage was set for this morning, and I said “Hoo, boy.”

This is why we have a lectionary. To make sure we look at those passages in Scripture we don’t always want to.

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So this morning I preached my first sermon. To be able to preach was a great blessing to me, and I hope my words, by God’s grace, were a blessing to others.

Romans 16:1-16
Acts 20:36-38 and 21:1

Brothers and sisters, today, for the first time, I step into a Methodist pulpit to preach, as did my father and grandfather before me. I am the product of two generations of Methodist ministers. Which means I have seen a lot of moving.

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