Forgiveness: Excusing Bad Behavior?

Unmerciful Servant

Matthew 18:21-35 Peter was an impetuous disciple who, in deserting and denying even knowing Jesus, experienced his own deep need for forgiveness. But one day he audaciously asked Jesus, “How many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? As many as seven times?” Here we pause. … Read More

Welcome, Indeed!


Exodus 23:16/Ephesians 2:17-19 A funny thing happened on the way to this sermon. You see, we have this Fall Gathering theme. So I looked for places in the Bible that feature this theme. And the passage from Exodus is what I found. It’s the only place where a festival of … Read More

Summer Sharing by Marcela Breton

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8/17/14 Noe Valley Ministry Presbyterian Church- Summer Sharing Marcela Breton First Reading: Psalm 15 1 O LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? 2 Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart; 3 who do not slander … Read More

Absurd and Pervasive


Matthew 13:31-33 In the 1800’s Father Junipero Serra came from Spain to Mexico to spread his faith. He was told of a beautiful land to the north full of wildlife, grand trees and verdant valleys. Serra decided he must see this land and with the aid of some Native American … Read More

A Sacred Journey

David Brown

Hebrews 1:1-2; 11:7 Today I am continuing a trend in our Summer Sharing. That is about how God “speaks” to us. Two weeks ago Susan talked about her understanding of what it means to converse with God. Last week John talked about angels watching over us. Today I want to … Read More

Conversing with God

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Psalm 29: 3-9 1 Kings 19: 11-13 The second reading comes today from 1 Kings 19: 11-13. It is about Elijah waiting for God to pass by on Mount Horeb.   I will be reading from the King James version. And the Lord said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount … Read More