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Christmas for Grown-ups, preached 12/31/17 at Chamberlyne Baptist

This is the sermon I preached on 12/31/2017 at Chamberlayne Baptist Church where my friend Dave Peppler is pastor.   Christmas for Grown-ups     Luke 2:22-40 22When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is […]

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A Spirit of Applause, November 26, 2017 at Grace Baptist Church, Richmond VA

A Spirit of Applause Psalm 100 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come into GOD’s presence with singing. Know that the LORD is God. It is God who has made us, and we are God’s; we are God’s people, and the sheep of God’s pasture. Enter […]

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Birthing Moments of Hope; November 19, 2017 at Ginter Park Baptist Church

This is the sermon I preached November 19, 2017, at the Ginter Park Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia.  It is titled: Birthing Moments of Hope Isaiah 9:1-7 – 1Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, […]

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Reading Between The Lines of “The End of The Road”

Here is a review by Jerry Drino of a recent sermon. …… To your sermon.  I like the way you created a litany out of “Ashes to ashes and dust to dust.”  A very powerful tool.  I’m reminded that one of the phrases in the prayer just before this refrain is “All of us go […]

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Final Sermons: Some Doubted

On August 20th, the Patterson Avenue Baptist congregation ceased to exist.  News about our disbandment is available on this blog.  You can find it when you click here. Beginning in June, when the congregation made this difficult decision, I began a series of messages aiming to prepare us spiritually for that eventuality.  These sermons focus […]

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Historic Richmond Church Closing

Historic Richmond Church Closing Property to Be Donated to a Newer, Local Congregation Richmond, Virginia, July 5, 2016:  The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia, recently voted to disband. The church’s final worship gathering will take place on August 20, 2017. The congregation’s property, located at the 4300 block of Patterson Avenue, will be […]

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Holy Tuesday, What authority?

Holy Tuesday:  By What Authority? Matthew 21:19-22New International Version (NIV) 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.(A) 20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the […]

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Lenten Intentions: Roadblocks

Roadblocks This is week three of Lenten 2017.  The sermon title is ROADBLOCKS from the series:  “Lenten Intentions”  Bot the video and manuscript are below John 4:5-42 (NIV) 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and […]

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Lenten Intentions: Renouncinig Evil

Lenten Intentions:  Renouncing Evil Below is the video and manuscript for the First Sunday of Lent at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church. Matthew 4:1-11a (NIV) Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to […]

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The Church Today

Contemporary society finds itself in the midst of change and transition.  The reality of these changes has been made evident in numerous ways:  the magnitude of technological advancements, the pervasiveness of social media, a mistrust of centralized governments, economic instability, and the destruction of the environment. In his book The Third Wave, Alvin Toffler writes: […]

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