Christ Church Sermons by The Rev. Dr. Richard Miles (Page 2)
OK…this is a stewardship sermon. It’s about giving to God’s work in the world. WAIT! Don’t click away! Keep reading! This sermon is my personal story of how I became a “First Fruits” giver and tither. The words of the Prophet Malachi were a big part of what guided me there. In those words, God asks us to put him to the test; a test to see if he will bless us for our faithfulness or not. This is my…
What would it be like to have no regrets? We all have things we are sorry for: people we have hurt, opportunities we’ve missed, good things we could have done better. But, what if there is a way to live so that our lives can be set free of the burden of regret? Is that really possible? In our Gospel lesson from Luke, Jesus’ story of the Rich Man and Poor Lazarus tells us how this can be done.
Honestly! What kind of a parable is this? Is Jesus really telling us to emulate a crook? In a word, no! But there is a piece of information missing from this story that will explain the whole thing. Take a look, and see how the “Dishonest Steward” has an honest lesson for us.
“Who needs to get up, get dressed, drive in, be harangued, and then be asked to pay for the experience?” That’s what a lot of people think when asked to come to Church. If it’s such an ordeal, then why bother? I get it! As one who has often experienced and worshiped God on my own, I really do get it. So, if we can worship God on our own, then why go to the effort to do it together,…
Sometimes, a great story can get overlooked, or even forgotten. It can easily happen when the reference material doesn’t even tell much of it. In this case, the reference is Paul’s little letter to Philemon. But the story it refers to is a whole lot bigger than the letter. The following sermon tells that story, and its amazing transformation of a lost life.
We’ve all been instructed in proper table manners at sometime in our lives. Even now, there are copious volumes of books on the subject, should we be interested in learning more. Yet, none of them have Jesus’ table manners mentioned. The reason? His are not about proper behavior; his are about character.
We can learn a lot from sports and athletics; whether we’re athletically inclined or not. The Bible is full of sports metaphors that help us understand how to better live a deeper spiritual life. Those Bible metaphors give us lessons from the locker room to help us better “run” the personal race of our own lives.
What does it take to be heroic in this life? It takes the right ingredients; “The Right Stuff.” Intriguingly, though, when we examine that right stuff, we discover that each of us can have what it takes to be heroic, because real heroes are not born, they’re made.
Do you worry about your prayers being heard; if they’re really getting through Heaven’s door to get God’s attention? In this week’s Gospel lesson, Jesus tells us that we have nothing to worry about in regard to our prayers. Jesus is our friend behind that door, and he is just waiting for us to knock.