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Welcome to the Pastor’s Corner, and welcome to the website of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn! We hope that you will find here helpful resources for your spiritual journey.
That early Christians were called the “people of the way” is a reminder to us that we have not yet reached our destination, but continue to make our way along the path of discipleship. What is true of our lives as Christians is also true of this page and site. It, like us, is “a work in progress.”
If you would like to share any comments about this site, page or the sermons here included, or if you would like to request prayer, please feel welcome to contact me at fpcgpastor@gmail.com

And “may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor. 3:14)

 

Message From the Pastor
October 2017

I often meet people who are attracted to Jesus, but who do not see any compelling family resemblance between Jesus and those who profess to follow him. They would agree with Mahatma Gandhi who was reported to have said, “I like your Jesus, I just don’t see many people who look like him.”
Those of us who care about our church’s survival need to hear what is being said “on the street” about our uneasy habits with the truth. Nothing is perhaps more off-putting to the church visitor than when Christians seem unable or unwilling to keep it real.
We might avoid this zone of untruth by not over-polishing the apple of our faith and not pretending to certainty in matters that we are simply not given us to know. We would also do well to acknowledge what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called the “perils of pious community.” Pious community doesn’t permit us to be sinners, subtly encourages us to conceal our brokenness from ourselves and others, and can therefore leave us trapped in our lies and hypocrisy.  As Bonhoeffer reminds us, God wants us just as we are and wants to be gracious to us, without our masks, our lies and all the stories we make up about ourselves. 
It is a long cultural commute these days to the church, and one of the chief ways we can make that commute shorter is by the way of truth. The Way of Truth may seem at first to take us through dangerous neighborhoods, but it sure beats the Highway of Denial on which we have all sometimes found ourselves stopped dead in traffic.  
If we are on the Way of Truth, we can have the assurance that we have nothing to fear because we’re headed in the direction of the One who alone is called Truth.   He’s the One we are after.  He’s the One who’s after us, the One who is hot on our tracks, the One who has come to lead us home.
So if you’re making your way along with us, help us to tell the truth of our own lives even as we help you tell the truth of yours.  Together we can live out of our shared truth not only about who Jesus is, but also about who we are... and are not. If all of us can tell the truth and stay in the truth of our shared story long enough, we’ll make a life together.  But none of us can do that alone.  We need each other; we need a community where truth is spoken.

See you in church,
Pastor Fred

PASTOR FRED'S SERMONS

Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2010-11
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2012
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2013
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2014

Sunday Bulletin Archive 2015
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2016

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