2001

Sermons

James Howard Olds, First Grade

 

From the Files:

Let me tell you a very personal story.  As a child I was bullied a lot by older kids and teased to tears almost daily by adults who somehow saw something humorous about intimidating a small child.  In elementary school I stayed to myself and avoided conflicts at all costs with the big eight graders, in that little four-room schoolhouse.  This "flee to safety" continued for several years.

Then one day I put away childish ways, found a better identity, developed self-confidence and decided to take on the world.  For years I championed causes, stood strong for the powerless, and worked my way through denominational politics and local church challenges.  Such assertiveness and workaholism brought me many accolades from the church and community.  I became a success, a change agent, a person who knew how to get things done--not a bad resume for a lonely little farm boy who got beat up all the time.  But success has its price, and the lonely whine of the top dog began to sound loudly in my soul.  Little did I realize then, that the barking of that dog was the hound of heaven nipping at my heels.

You see it was during that time that the Lord did a marvelous thing for me.  He blessed me with his love that was not dependent upon approval, accomplishments, advancements, or any other "A" words that might come to mind.  I was loved, just as I was, without reserve and without conditions.  Unknown to me at the time, it was a marvelous preparation for the biggest battle of my life--the lingering, ongoing, unending war with cancer.  As I have waded through the shadows of death these past eleven years, I have been constantly comforted by the words of St. Paul in II Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you.  For when I am weak, then I am strong."

 

January 7, 2001

Claiming Our Christian Identity

     By the Waters of Baptism

     Luke 3:15-17,21-22 Text Document 


January 14, 2001

Claiming Our Christian Identity

     At the Wedding of Belief

     John 2:1-12 Text Document 


January 21, 2001

Claiming Our Christian Identity

     In the Face of Rejection

     Luke 4:14-30 Text Document 


February 4, 2001

Claiming Our Christian Identity

     As the People of Christ

     1 Corinthians 12:12-31a Text Document 


February 11, 2001

Claiming Our Christian Identity

     As the People of God

     1 Corinthians 13 Text Document 


February 18, 2001

Claiming Our Christian Identity

     As the People of Faith

     Luke 5:1-11 Text Document


February 25, 2001

Claiming Our Christian Identity

     As the People of Hope

     1 Corinthians 15:12-28 Text Document


March 4, 2001

Dynamics of Discipleship

     Deciding To Do It

     Mark 1:16-20 Text Document 


March 11, 2001

Dynamics of Discipleship

     Dealing With Temptation

     Luke 4:1-13 Text Document 


March 18, 2001

Dynamics of Discipleship

     Developing Spiritual Disciplines

     Luke 11:1-11 Text Document


March 25, 2001

Dynamics of Discipleship

     Developing Spiritual Disciplnes II

     Luke 12:13-21 Text Document


April 1, 2001

Dynamics of Discipleship

     Discerning God's Will

     Luke 13:1-6 Text Document 


April 8, 2001

Dynamics of Discipleship

     Dancing in the Streets

     Luke 19:28-40 Text Document


April 15, 2001

Easter

     Running Into a Resurrection

     John 20:1-18 Text Document


April 29, 2001

Life's Great Recoveries

     The Recovery of Persons

     John 21:1-14 Text Document


May 6, 2001

Life's Great Recoveries

     The Recovery of Belief

     John 10:22-30 Text Document 


May 13, 2001

Life's Great Recoveries

     The Recovery of Family

     John 10:31-35 Text Document


May 27, 2001

Life's Great Recoveries

     The Recovery of the World

     John 17:20-26 Text Document


June 3, 2001

Power From on High

     The Power to Make a Difference

     Acts 2:1-4,12-21 Text Document 


June 17, 2001

Power From on High

     The Power to Resist Evil

     1 Kings 21:1-21 Text Document


June 24, 2001

Power From on High

     The Power to Endure

     1 Kings 19:1-15a Text Document 


July 1, 2001

Power From on High

     The Power to be Healed

     2 Kings 5:1-10 Text Document


July 15, 2001

The Sermon on the Mount: Revisited

     How To Be A Happy Person

     Matthew 5:1-12 Text Document


July 22, 2001

The Sermon on the Mount: Revisited

     Living Above Getting By

     Matthew 5:13-44 Text Document


July 29, 2001

The Sermon on the Mount: Revisited

     The Secret Nature of the Spiritual Life

     Matthew 6:1-18 Text Document


August 5, 2001

The Sermon on the Mount: Revisited

     How to be Rich Without Worrying About It

     Matthew 6:19-33 Text Document 


August 19, 2001

The Sermon on the Mount: Revisited

     Judging Between Toothpicks and 2 x 4's

     Matthew 7:1-12 Text Document


August 26, 2001

The Sermon on the Mount: Revisited

     Building Better Homes and Gardens

     Matthew 7:13-28 Text Document


September 2, 2001

Becoming An Inviting Church

     When God Throws a Party

     Luke 14:12-24 Text Document


September 9, 2001

Becoming An Inviting Church

     Setting Spiritual Priorities

     Luke 14:25-33 Text Document


September 16, 2001

     A Very Present Help

     Psalms 46 Text Document 


October 7, 2001

A Vision for Brentwood United Methodist Church

     The World Is Our Parish

     John 3:16-21 Text Document


October 14, 2001

A Vision for Brentwood United Methodist Church

     We Hold These Truths to be Essential

     1 Peter 3:8-16 Text Document


October 21, 2001

A Vision for Brentwood United Methodist Church

     Touching Hearts and Transforming Lives

     2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2 Text Document


October 28, 2001

A Vision For Brentwood United Methodist Church

     Mission Possible

     Matthew 28:16-20 Text Document


November 4, 2001

A Vision for Brentwood United Methodist Church

     On Being Faithful and Focused

     Hebrews 11:1, 32-12:2 Text Document 


November 11, 2001

A Vision for Brentwood United Methodist Church

     Doing Our Best

     Romans 12:1-13 Text Document 


Novemeber 18, 2001

     Facing Our Fears With Faith

     Matthew 10:27-31 Text Document


November 25, 2001

Chaos or Christ: Hope in a Chaotic World

     The Christ Connection

     Colossians 1:10-20 Text Document


December 2, 2001

Chaos or Christ: Hope in a Chaotic World

     Living on Full Alert

     Matthew 24:36-44 Text Document


December 9, 2001

Chaos or Christ: Hope in a Chaotic World

     Should America Repent?

     Matthew 3:1-12 Text Document


December 16, 2001

Chaos or Christ: Hope in a Chaotic World

     War and the Prince of Peace

     Isaiah 9:2-7 Text Document


December 23, 2001

Chaos or Christ: Hope in a Chaotic World

     Dreams Which Calm Our Fears

     Matthew 1:18-25 Text Document


Decmeber 24, 2001

Chaos or Christ: Hope in a Chaotic World

     Lighting Up A Dark World

     John 1:1-14 Text Document


December 30, 2001

The Time of Our Lives

     When It's Time to Wait

     Luke 2:19-35 Text Document