2004

Howard at 16 years of age

From the Files: 

He had no money.  He owned no home.  He drove no car.  He was not a particularly good father.  He always came to church dressed in his bib overalls.  Upon turning 16 it became my service to him and the church to drive him home from worship services, something I enjoyed since it gave me a little more time behind the wheel.  When I would deliver Porter to the modest place that he called home, Porter would thank me for the lift, get out of the car, and then peek back in with this fatherly advice.  "Keep looking up."  It got so I looked forward to his encouraging word more than the thrill of driving him home.  When I went back years later to the little church of my childhood to preach his funeral, I talkled about the man who encouraged me to "Keep looking up."

Sermons

January 4, 2004

The Mystery at the Manger

     Where Is He?

     Matthew 2:1-12 Text Document


January 11, 2004

Reaching Out

     The Calling of Our Baptism

     Luke 3:21-22 Text Document  


January 18, 2004 

Reaching Out

     Finding Our Reason for Being

     Luke 4:14-21 Text Document  


January 25, 2004

Reaching Out

     Come to the Party

     Luke 14:15-23 Text Document


February 1, 2004

Reaching Out

     Lost and Found

     Luke 15:1-10 Text Document  


February 8, 2004

Reaching Out

     The Greatest Story Ever Told

     Luke 15:11-32 Text Document 


February 15, 2004

Reaching Out

     When You Are Up and Out

     Luke 19:1-10 Text Document 


February 22, 2004

Reaching Out

     News Too Good To Tell

     Luke 9:28-36 Text Document


February 29, 2004

Beyond the Doors

     Beyond the Door of Hospitality

     John 12:1-8 Text Document 


March 7, 2004

Beyond the Doors

     Beyond the Door of Prayer

     1 Timothy 2:1-8 Text Document 


March 14, 2004 

Beyond the Doors

     The Door of Forgiveness

     Matthew 18:15-20 Text Document 


March 21, 2004

Beyond the Doors

     The Door of Service

     Luke 22:24-30 Text Document 


March 28, 2004 

Beyond the Doors

     The Door of Conversation

     John 4:3-15 Text Document 


April 4, 2004

Beyond the Doors

     The Door of Celebration

     Luke 19:36-44 Text Document 


April 8, 2004

Maundy Thursday

     Are You Able?

     Matthew 20:20-28 Text Document


April 11, 2004

Easter

     Finding the Courage to Believe

      John 20:19-31 Text Document


April 18, 2004

Revelation for Today

     Embracing the God Who Is

     Revelation 1:4-8 Text Document 


April 25, 2004

Revelation for Today

     Singing with the Saints of Glory

     Revelation 5:11-14 Text Document 


May 2, 2004

Revelation for Today

     Making Sure Our Robes are Washed

     Revelation 7:9-17 Text Document 


May 9, 2004

Revelation for Today

     Welcoming God Into Our Homes

     Revelation 21:1-8 Text Document 


May 23, 2004

Revelation for Today

     Living on Full Alert

     Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 Text Document 


May 30, 2004

     The Holy Spirit and You

     John 14:15-27 Text Document 


June 6, 2004

It Takes a Family

     The Church as Family

     Matthew 12:46-50 Text Document 


June 13, 2004 

It Takes a Family

     The Family as Church

     2 Timothy 1:3-8 Text Document


June 20, 2004

It Takes a Family

     They Dynamics of Being a Dad

     Ephesians 6:1-4, 10-18 Text Document


June 27, 2004

It Takes a Family

     The Fundamentals of Family Ties

     1 Corinthians 13 Text Document 


July 4, 2004

Critical Questions for American Christians

     What is the Connection Between Church and State?

     Mark 12:13-17 Text Document


July 11, 2004

Critical Questions for American Christians

     What is the Future of Methodism?

     John 2:12-22 Text Document


July 25, 2004

Critical Questions for American Christians

     What is the Furture of Marriage?

     Mark 12:18-27 Text Document


August 1, 2004

Critical Questions for American Christians

     Can the Rich Be Saved?

     Mark 10:17-27 Text Document


August 8, 2004

     Marching Forward by Faith

     Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Text Document


August 15, 2004

Rejoice! The River is Here!

     Checking Out the Scene

     John 1:35-42 Text Document


August 22, 2004

Rejoice! The River is Here!

     Stepping into the Stream

     Matthew 14:22-33 Text Document


August 29, 2004

Rejoice! The River is Here!

     Diving Deeper

     Luke 5:1-11 Text Document


September 5, 2004

Rejoice! The River is Here!

     Riding the Rapids

     Luke 8:22-25 Text Document


September 12, 2004

Rejoice! The River is Here!

     Going Fishing

     Matthew 4:18-22 Text Document


September 19, 2004

     Thanking God at Every Turn

     1 Timothy 1:12-17 Text Document


October 3, 2004

     The Lord's Unanswered Prayer

     John 17:20-23 Text Document


October 10, 2004

     When God Builds the House

     Psalms 127:1 Text Document


October 24, 2004

Empowering God's Ministries Together

     The Power of a Helping Hand

     Luke 10:25-37 Text Document 


November 7, 2004

Empowering God's Ministries Together

     The Power of a Single Life

     2 Corinthians 6:3-13 Text Document


November 14, 2004

Empowering God's Ministries Together

     The Power of a Wise Investment

     Luke 19:11-27 Text Document


November 21, 2004

Empowering God's Ministries Together

     The Power of Personal Commitment

     Romans 12:1-8 Text Document


November 28, 2004

Embracing the Christ of Christmas

     Watch

     Matthew 24:36-44 Text Document


December 5, 2004

Embracing the Christ of Christmas

     Repent

     Matthew 3:1-12 Text Document


December 19, 2004

Embracing the Christ of Christmas

     Believe

     Matthew 1:18-25 Text Document


December 24, 2004

Embracing the Christ of Christmas

     Does Christmas Make Any Difference?

     Titus 2:11-14 Text Document


December 26, 2004

Embracing the Christ of Christmas

     The Down Side of Christmas

     Matthew 2:13-18 Text Document