Salt-Seasoning and Light-Bringing (2/5/2017)

A sermon preached by Rev. Dr. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Texts:  Isaiah 58:1-12; Matthew 5:13-18 (The Message)

There are two texts for this morning’s sermon – one from Isaiah and one from Matthew. Earlier I read the second part of Isaiah’s proclamation to his people as today’s Words of Assurance. But to put those words in context, hear the first part of what the prophet had to say:

Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob, Leah and Rachel their sins. Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God.

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Take Courage (11/6/2016)

A sermon preached by Rev. Dr. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Texts: Haggai 1:15b-2:9

Those of us born in Kansas take pride in our state song, which speaks of a home where “seldom is heard a discouraging word and the sky is not cloudy all day.” Sounds like a rather ideal place. I wonder if modern day Kansas – or any other place for that matter – measures up. How about you? Do you know of a place where “seldom is heard a discouraging word”? Do you find this to be true in your own lives – time and space with little or no discouragement? I will confess that, when looking at the world in which we live, even from the beauty and security of Palo Alto, I get pretty discouraged. All you have to do is turn on the radio or television, smart phone or computer, even pick up a newspaper or magazine, which I understand a few old timers still do. There they are in black and white, living color, or buzzing sound waves – discouraging words everywhere!

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