THURSDAY MORNING

Men’s Breakfast at the Union Club

 

Speakers

History

Announcements

Links

About the Club

Teachings

Home Page

 

 

Christian teachings:  Please feel free to download these files.  The files are offered in wma (2017, 2016) and mp3 (all years) formats.

 

Links to Years:

2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005  2004  2003  2002 

2001  2000  1999  1998  1997  1996  1995  1994  1993  1992  1991  1990  spreadsheet

 

December 31, 2009       Paul Atwater                (sorry, no recording for today)

In John, the Seven Miracles of Jesus    2. Master of Time and Space

 

Jesus Heals the Official’s Son    John 4: 43-54

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%204:%2043-54&version=NIV

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

December 24, 2009       Gordon Hugenberger   (sorry, no recording for today)

Mary and Elizabeth

Luke 1: 26-38

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%201:%2026-38&version=NIV

 

Luke 1: 5-25

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%201:%205-25&version=NIV

 

Luke 1: 39-45

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%201:%2039-45&version=NIV

 

December 17, 2009       Major Jim LaBossiere mp3

A Day in the Life

Luke 2: 8-20

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%202:%208-20&version=NIV

 

Major Jim LaBossiere, a native of Fall River, currently serves as the General Secretary (second in command) for The Salvation Army in the state of Massachusetts

Link to the Massachusetts Division:

http://www.use.salvationarmy.org/use/www_use_mas.nsf/

 

December 10, 2009       David Thorp                 mp3

Christ Showing Compassion/Healing in the Gospels

Mark 4: 40-45

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%204:%2040-45&version=NIV

 

December 3, 2009         Rev. Dorsey McConnell           mp3

Jesus Clears the Temple

John 2: 12-17

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%202:%2012-17&version=NIV

 

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman

John 4: 1-42

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%204:%201-42&version=NIV

 

bio: Rev. Dorsey McConnell is currently Rector of The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA

http://www.redeemerchestnuthill.org/about/Rector_Dorsey.htm

 

November 26, 2009       Happy Thanksgiving!

 

November 19, 2009       David Thorp                 mp3

Christ Showing Compassion/Healing in the Gospels

Mark 5: 1-20

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%205:%201-20&version=NIV

 

The Acts of the Apostles 16: 19

19When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.

 

November 12, 2009       David Thorp                 mp3

Christ Showing Compassion/Healing in the Gospels

Luke 4: 31-37

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%204:%2031-37&version=NIV

 

Genesis 4: 6

6Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”

 

November 5, 2009        Rev. Dorsey McConnell           mp3

Mark 10: 15

15I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

 

We receive the Sovereignty of the King

We receive God’s Children as our own brothers and sisters

We receive the reality of the present power of God

We commit and submit joyfully to the tribulation and endurance that is ours in the Kingdom as it comes upon us

We rejoice in a Living Hope

 

Revelation 1: 9

9I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

 

Receiving as a child:

Nicodemus   John 3: 1-21

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%203:%201-21&version=NIV

Zacchaeus   Luke 19: 1-10

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2019:%201-10&version=NIV

 

Paintings on Martin Luther’s Bible by Lucas Cranach:

 

bio: Rev. Dorsey McConnell is currently Rector of The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA

http://www.redeemerchestnuthill.org/about/Rector_Dorsey.htm

 

October 29, 2009          Paul Atwater                mp3

In John, the Seven Miracles of Jesus    1. Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary

John 2: 1-11

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%202:%201-11&version=NIV

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

October 22, 2009                      Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

A Series on Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 6: 12-20

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%206:%2012-20&version=NIV

 

Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 5: 1, 13

1It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

13You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.

 

October 15, 2009                      Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #65        Acts 13: 13-15

13From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem. 14From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down. 15After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the synagogue rulers sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a message of encouragement for the people, please speak.”

 

The Acts of the Apostles 13: 16-41 (Paul’s Sermon)

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2013:%2016-41&version=NIV

 

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 1: 9-10

9And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment – to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

 

Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem (313-386), extract from the Procatechesis (Prologue to the Catecheses)

5 Perhaps you have another reason for coming. perhaps some man among you has come because he wants to win the approval of his girl-friend; the same can apply to women too. Perhaps a slave has wanted to please his master or someone has wanted to please a friend. I accept this as bait for my hook and let you in. You may have had the wrong reason for coming, but I have good hope that you will be saved. Perhaps you didn’t know where you were going or recognize the net waiting to catch you. You have swum into the Church’s net. Allow yourself to be caught; don’t try to escape. Jesus is fishing for you, not to kill you but to give you life once you have been killed. For you have to die and rise again. You have heard the Apostle say: ‘dead to sin, alive to righteousness’. Die to your sins and live to righteousness. Make today the first day of your life.

 

October 8, 2009            Rev. Dorsey McConnell           mp3

Mark 10: 1-9, 13-16

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%2010:%201-16&version=NIV

 

bio: Rev. Dorsey McConnell is currently Rector of The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA

http://www.redeemerchestnuthill.org/about/Rector_Dorsey.htm

 

October 1, 2009            David Thorp                 mp3

Christ Showing Compassion/Healing in the Gospels

Mark 1: 21-28

21They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, 24“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One of God!”

25“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26The evil spirit shook the man violently and cam out of him with a shriek.

27The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching – and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.” 28News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

 

Thomas Jefferson in a letter to John Adams on 12 October 1813:

“In extracting the pure principles which he taught, we should have to strip off the artificial vestments in which they have been muffled by priest, who have travestied them into various forms, as instruments of riches and power to them. We must dismiss the Platonists & Plotinists, the Stagyrites & Gamalielites, the Eclectics the Gnostics and Scholastics, their essences & emanations, their Logos & Demi-urgos, Aeons & Daemons male & female, with a long train of Etc. Etc. Etc. or, shall I say at once, of Nonsense. We must reduce our volume to the simple evangelists, select, even from them, the very words only of Jesus, paring off the Amphibologisms into which they have been led by forgetting often, or not understanding, what had fallen from him, by giving their own misconceptions as his dicta, and expressing unintelligibly for others what they had not understood themselves. There will be found remaining the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man. I have performed this operation for my own use, by cutting verse by verse out of the printed book [Bible], and arranging, the matter which is evidently his [Jesus], and which is as easily distinguishable as diamonds in a dunghill. The result is an 8 vo. of 46. pages of pure and unsophisticated doctrines, such as were professed and acted on by the unlettered apostles, the Apostolic fathers, and the Christians of the 1st century.”

scan of page 1 letter (lower-right 2 words only)

scan of page 2 letter (top 17 lines only)

 

September 24, 2009                  Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

A Series on Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 6: 9-11

9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

 

September 17, 2009                  Rev. Dorsey McConnell           mp3

The Psalms (42, 88 and 22)

 

Psalm 42

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2042&version=NIV

 

Psalm 88

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2088&version=NIV

 

Psalm 22

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2022&version=NIV

 

bio: Rev. Dorsey McConnell is currently Rector of The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA

http://www.redeemerchestnuthill.org/about/Rector_Dorsey.htm

 

September 10, 2009      David Thorp                 mp3

Final Reflections on Paul

The Acts of the Apostles 9: 1-6

1Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

5“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

 

Paul’s Letter to the Romans 8: 17

17Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

 

Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 3: 18

18And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

 

September 3, 2009        Jürgen Liias                 mp3

a Prayer for the Church

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Jürgen discusses his recent Personal/Professional History

 

August 27, 2009           Kris Mineau                 mp3

The Concept of Fatherhood (part 2)

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 3: 14-15

 14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name.

 

Malachi 4: 5-6

5“See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. 6He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

 

Nehemiah 4: 14

14After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

 

Kris is President, Massachusetts Family Institute www.mafamily.org

 

August 20, 2009           Kris Mineau                 mp3

The Concept of Fatherhood (part 1)

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 3: 14-21

 14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

 20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Kris is President, Massachusetts Family Institute www.mafamily.org

 

August 13, 2009           David Thorp                 mp3

The Holy Spirit

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 1: 13b-14

13b Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.

 

Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 1: 20-22

20For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

 

Eduard Schweizer quote (no link/text yet)

 

Schweizer, Eduard. “Spirit of power : uniformity and diversity of the concept of the Holy Spirit in the NT.” Interpretation, 6 no 3 July, 1952, p 259-278.

quote link

entire article pdf link

 

August 6, 2009 Rob Davis                    mp3

What Makes the Bible Unique?

1 – Fulfilled Prophesies

2 – Archaeological & Historical Evidence

3 – Personal Experience/The Power of the Holy Spirit to witness to us

4 – The Bible claims to be The Word of God

5 – Internally Consistent

 

Rob last spoke to us November 18, 1999. Hopefully it won’t be another 10 years!

Rob is Pastor of the Vineyard Church in Hopkinton, MA

http://www.vineyardhopkinton.org

 

July 30, 2009                Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #63        Acts 13: 13-15

13From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem. 14From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down. 15After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the synagogue rulers sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a message of encouragement for the people, please speak.”

 

July 23, 2009                Daniel Harrell   mp3

A Lesson on Faith

Mark 11: 11-25

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%2011:%2011-25;&version=31;

 

Daniel Harrell is Associate Minister at Park Street Church, Boston

www.parkstreet.org

 

July 16, 2009                Barry Corey                 mp3

Reflection on his journey across the country, the past 2 years

 

Biola University link  http://www.biola.edu/

 

July 9, 2009                  David Thorp                 mp3

Adopted Children of God

Paul’s Letter to the Romans 8: 13-17

13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

 

Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 3: 18

18And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

 

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 1: 13b-14

13b Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.

 

Everett F. Harrison in his Commentary on the Book of Romans

All to often, a believer may come to the point of doubting his salvation, because his sanctification has proceeded so slowly and so lamely. The Spirit, however, does not base his assuring testimony on progress, or lack of it, in the christian life. The Spirit does not lead us to cry out “I am God’s child!” Rather, he leads us to call upon God as “Father” – to look away from ourselves to Him who established the relationship.

 

July 2, 2009                  Jürgen Liias                 mp3    (only 1st 15 minutes, I apologize)

Collect for Independence Day

Almighty God, who hast given unto us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

A Series on Acts  #62        Acts 13: 4-12

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2013:%204-12;&version=31;

 

June 25, 2009               Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

A Series on Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 6: 1-11

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%206:%201-11;&version=31;

 

June 18, 2009               Daniel Harrell   mp3

Teaching the Importance of Moral Cleanliness

Mark 1: 40-45

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%201:%2040-45;&version=31;

 

Daniel Harrell is Associate Minister at Park Street Church, Boston

www.parkstreet.org

 

June 11, 2009               David Thorp                 mp3

Grace Flowing Into Our Lives

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 2: 4-10

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%202:%204-10;&version=31;

 

Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 5: 4-6

4You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. 6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

 

“The inspiration for the Christian comes, not from the fear of what God will do to them, but from the inspiration of what God has already done for them.”

 

Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 5: 22-23a

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control.

 

June 4, 2009                 Jürgen Liias                 mp3

Collect for the Feast of Pentecost

O God, Who on this day didst teach the hearts of Thy faithful people by sending to them

the light of Thy Holy Spirit, grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment

in all things, and evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort.  Through the merits of

Christ Jesus our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the same

Spirit, one God, world without end.

Amen.

 

A Series on Acts  #61        Acts 13: 3

3So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

 

Genesis 48:12-22

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2048:%2012-22;&version=31;

 

Genesis 49

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2049;&version=31;

 

Leviticus 16

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus%2016;&version=31;

 

Numbers 27: 18-23

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers%2018:%2018-23;&version=31;

 

Deuteronomy 34: 9

9Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the LORD had commanded Moses.

 

Mark 16: 18b

18b... they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

 

Kirlian photography:       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirlian_photography

 

Jaroslav Pelikan quote (U.S. News & World Report, July 26, 1989)

“Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.”

 

May 28, 2009                Gordon Hugenberger   mp3      (only 1st 11 minutes, I apologize)

A Series on Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 6: 1-11

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%206:%201-11;&version=31;

 

May 21, 2009                Kris Mineau                 mp3

Back To Basics – God’s Three-Part Salvation

 

Mineau.jpg

Nineteen Bible references for Justification, Glorification, Sanctification, and How to be Holy

 

Kris is President, Massachusetts Family Institute www.mafamily.org

 

May 14, 2009                David Thorp                 mp3

Justification by Faith

Paul’s Letter to the Romans 1: 16-17

16I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

 

May 7, 2009                  Jürgen Liias                 mp3

The Collect for the 4th Sunday of Easter

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant

that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by

name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit,

lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

A Series on Acts  #60        Acts 13: 2

2While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

 

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 2: 10-16

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%202:%2010-16;&version=31;

 

John 10

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2010;&version=31;

 

April 30, 2009   Paul Atwater                mp3

“Lead us not into temptation”       Matthew 6: 9-13

9”This, then, is how you should pray:

 “ ‘Our Father in heaven,

 hallowed be your name,

10your kingdom come,

  your will be done

    on earth as it is in heaven.

11Give us today our daily bread.

12Forgive us our debts,

    as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13And lead us not into temptation,

  but deliver us from the evil one.’

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

April 23, 2009   Kris Mineau                 mp3

Spiritual Warfare            Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 6: 10-20

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%206:%2010-20;&version=31;

 

Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 12: 1-2

1I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know – God knows.

 

Daniel 10: 10-14

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel%2010:%2010-14;&version=31;

 

Kris is President, Massachusetts Family Institute www.mafamily.org

 

April 16, 2009   Rev. Dorsey McConnell           mp3

Easter as a Season: Alleluia (Hallelujah)

Mark 16: 1-8

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%2016:%201-8;&version=31;

 

bio: Rev. Dorsey McConnell is currently Rector of The Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA

http://www.redeemerchestnuthill.org/about/Rector_Dorsey.htm

 

April 9, 2009                 David Thorp                 mp3

Jesus says “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Mark 15: 37-39

37IWith a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

38The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

 

Luke 22: 49-51

John 18: 4-8

Luke 22: 60-61

Luke 23: 27-31

Luke 23: 34

Luke 23: 42-43

John 19: 25-27

John 19: 30

 

April 2, 2009                 Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #59        Acts 13: 1-3

1In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

 

The Oasis Hospital in Abu Dhabi  http://oasishosp.awardspace.com/

 

March 26, 2009 Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

A Series on Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians             

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 5: 1-5

1It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife. 2And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this? 3Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present. 4When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.

 

Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 3: 12-14

12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 

Matthew 18: 15-17

15“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

 

March 19, 2009 Bill Murdoch                mp3

Three Points for Holiness

Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians

2: 9-12

9Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; and we worked day and night in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.

10You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

 

3: 11-13

11Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

 

4: 2-3a

2For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

3aIt is God’s will that you should be sanctified:

 

5: 23-24

23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

 

The Rt. Reverend William L. Murdoch is the Rector of All Saints Anglican Church, Amesbury, and is the Bishop of the Missionary District of New England (which is under the newly formed

 

March 17, 2009 Annual Dinner: David Thorp    mp3

“Fix Your eyes On Jesus”

The Book of Hebrews 12: 1-2

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

The Breastplate of St. Patrick link

 

March 12, 2009 David Thorp                 mp3

The “Body” [the Church] that goes with the “Head” [Christ]

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 12: 12-27

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%Corinthians%2012:%2012-27;&version=31;

 

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 4: 11-12 (King James Version)

11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

 

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 11: 17-29

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%Corinthians%2011:%2017-29;&version=31;

 

Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) Christ Has No Body

Christ has no body but yours,

No hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks

Compassion on this world,

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,

Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.

Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,

Yours are the eyes, you are his body.

Christ has no body now but yours,

No hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks

compassion on this world.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

 

March 5, 2009   David Thorp                 mp3

The “Head” [Christ] that goes with the “Body” [the Church]

Paul’s Letter to the Colossians 1: 15-20

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians%201:%2015-20;&version=31;

 

February 26, 2009                     Dr. Dennis Hollinger                mp3

Dealing with Disappointment

Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 12: 2-10

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%2012:%202-10;&version=31;

 

Dave Dravecky “When you can’t come back: a story of courage & grace” quote [page 186, 1993 edition]:

Looking back, we [my wife Jan and I] have learned that the wilderness is part of the landscape of faith, and every bit as essential as the mountaintop. On the mountaintop we are overwhelmed by God’s presence. In the wilderness we are overwhelmed by his absence. Both places should bring us to our knees; the one, in utter awe; the other, in utter dependence.

 

Dr. Dennis Hollinger is President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary www.gcts.edu

 

February 19, 2009                     Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

A Series on Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians             

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 3: 1-9

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%203:%201-9;&version=31;

 

“Good to Great” by Jim Collins amazon.com link

 

February 12, 2009                     Jürgen Liias    

A Series on Acts  #58        Acts 13: 1-3             Electronic glitch = file erased; I’m very sorry

1In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

 

February 5, 2009                       Kris Mineau                 mp3

Jesus Calms the Storm  Luke 8: 22-25

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%208:%2022-25;&version=31;

 

3 kinds of Biblical Storms:

the Correcting Storm,

the Protecting Storm, and

the Perfecting Storm

 

Kris is President, Massachusetts Family Institute www.mafamily.org

 

January 29, 2009                      Paul Atwater                mp3

Focusing on Jesus         Hebrews 12: 1-3

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

 

Corrie ten Boom:

Look around and be distressed;

Look inside and be depressed;

Look at Jesus and be at rest.

 

Annie Johnson Flint “I See Jesus” quote/link

 

Biography Link   www.northriverchurch.org

 

January 22, 2009                      Jürgen Liias                 mp3

A Series on Acts  #57        Acts 12: 19b-23         Herod’s Death

19b Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there a while. 20He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. Having secured the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply.

21On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” 23Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

 

Josephus “Antiquities” quote/link

 

“Cooking Light” March 1997 article/link

 

“Emerging data suggest that God may be as good as Prozac in fighting depression – especially for older women.

    In a 1988 study of 850 people over 60, two-thirds of them women, Dr. Harold Koenig, a psychiatrist and head of Duke University’s Program on Religion, Aging and Health, found a strong link between ‘intrinsic religiosity’ and well-being.”

Boston Globe Sept 23, 1996 article/link: http://www.boston.com/globe/search/stories/health/health_sense/092396.htm

 

Another study has found that smokers who go to church live longer than smokers who don’t. One researcher has summed it up: “If you’re a smoker, get your butt in church.”

Christian Century Jan 27, 1999 article/link: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1058/is_3_116/ai_53739113

 

“Planning on going to church this holiday season? That should be good for the spirit, of course – and perhaps also for the body. According to a study in Annuals of Epidemiology, people who attend religious services tend to be healthier than the rest of us.”

Parade Magazine Dec 21, 2008 article/link: http://www.parade.com/health/2008/12/stay-healthy-spirituality.html

 

Acts 12: 24-25

24But the word of God continued to increase and spread.

25When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.

 

January 15, 2009          Josh Fulton                  mp3

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 3: 14-21

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%203:%2014-21;&version=31;

 

The Reverend R. Joshua Fulton is Director of Teen Challenge Boston www.tcboston.org

 

January 8, 2009            David Thorp                 mp3

A Series on Paul

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 4: 1-16

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%204:%201-16;&version=31;

 

January 1, 2009            New Year’s Day

 

questions, comments, concerns about this web site? please email webmaster