Messages by Pastor Dennis Henley

Messages by Pastor Dennis Henley

“Caring and Sharing – It’s Who We Are”

Jan 5 & 12, 2020 Acts 4:32-37 Pastor Dennis Henley Upon a casual reading of these verses from Acts 4 you might get the impression that this passage served as an inspiration to Karl Marx – “From each according to his ability; to each according to his need.” That however, would be an oversimplification. The early Christians still owned property, and no one was required to sell it and turn over the proceeds; when they did so, it was out…

Not Sure I Want To Go There

December 29, 2019 Joshua 1:5 Pastor Dennis Henley Joshua 1:5 “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.” As you read the many and varied stories found throughout the Bible, and about the personalities recorded in those accounts, you get the impression that these exceptional people were totally different from yourself. You wonder, “How…

We Need PEACE, Now More Than Ever

Luke 2:8-20 December 22, 2019 Pastor Dennis Henley The false prophets in the time of Jeremiah kept proclaiming “Peace, peace” when there was no peace. The nation was about to fall to the Babylonians; people would be exiled; economy ruined. The image of a peaceful existence with prosperity in a land flowing with milk and honey, was becoming a distant memory from the past. As in Bible times, there is much world tension, much division, greed and simple hatred And…

We Need JOY Now More Than Ever

December 15, 2019 Matthew 2:7-12 Pastor Dennis Henley I think JOY is something that is sometimes misunderstood and sold short – yet, needed more than ever The definition of JOY is “great pleasure, happiness or delight” But for the Christian, it seems there ought to be more to it than that JOY, by that classic definition could be something superficial and short lived. Like a fireworks show (for which Pittsburgh is so famous) that lasts a short time, is pretty…

Giving and Receiving Gifts

Giving and Receiving Gifts Romans 12:3-13 November 17 and 24, 2019  I turned on the car radio a couple of days before Halloween hoping to hear a few golden oldies,whenwhat did I hear, but Christmas music!  I wasn’t quite ready for that just yet, so I quickly went to an alternate station. Maybe I wouldn’t mind it so much if the content was about the birth of Jesus, but it wasn’t about the manger or wise men or peace on…

Keep Calm and Trust Him

Keep Calm and Trust Him Mark 4:35-41 November 3 and 10, 2019 I. Flash flood warnings have been common lately. A. Always dangerous B. Water can rise rapidly and catch you completely by surprise C. In today’s Bible reading we have the story of Jesus and the disciples on the Sea of Galilee. Very prone to sudden and severe storms and on this occasion, they got one Most of these were fishermen, yet they were terrified Alerted to their fears,…

Water Celebrates

Water Celebrates Acts 8:26 40 September 22 and 29, 2019 Pastor Dennis Henley There are certain things that need to be present in just the right amount. Fire provides warmth, enables us to cook and prepare meals OR burn down a house or a block. Nuclear Energy provides electricity, powers a sub OR destroys a city (purpose or inadvertent). Water – if too much, there is a flood, if too little, a drought. Download the PDF to read the entire…

And When You Pray

And When You PrayScripture: Matthew 6:7-15February 24, 2019 For some reason, lots of folks seem to think that ministers are better at praying than anyone else: The pastor shows up at a dinner and who is asked to give the blessing? While it’s less common today than in the past, at a community event a pastor is invited to offer the invocation. When I joined the Charleroi Rotary, who do you suppose got assigned the lunchtime grace? Until I told…